I ate at Fraiche in Culver City on Tuesday night after hearing a lot of hoopla about it. It was fairly difficult to get a reservation at a decent time and so i picked a tuesday night and was able to get in at 8.15. Upon arriving at the restaurant at 8.15 we were told that our table was not yet ready and that we needed to wait for a few minutes. We waited for about 10 minutes and then we were offered a table that stands on its own, kind of in the middle of the dining room. We asked the hostess if we could wait for a better table (since we had our reservation for 2 weeks) and were told that we would have to wait a little longer. After waiting a while longer we were offered a table outside and told that although we wanted an inside table, that would take a long time, so we should just sit outside. Needless to say the night was not starting off on the right foot.
After sitting, our waiter approached and asked us if we wanted "tap water" or if we wanted to buy a bottle of water. Although i appreciate the question being asked, it was asked in such a way that picking "tap water" was akin to asking for toilet water. Im a person who generally drinks bottled water anyway, but i dont really like it when the wait staff snobs the tap water option.
The next time we interacted with our waiter was when he came back to the table and said "do you know what you want?". No pleasantries, no smiles, just a "do you know what you want?"
Finally we ordered and our food arrived. I must say that the food was quite good. I started with the beef tartare which was quite good and then had the pork chop, which was cooked perfectly and delicious. My guests also found their food to be quite good.
In conclusion, I think that the food at Fraiche is above average and were it not for the unfriendly attitude of all the people working there and the snobby-LA club-type waiters. As it is, I think there are plenty of good restaurants in LA where one can go and get both a good meal as well as friendly, polite, professional service. Its a shame that I wont be going back, because based solely on the food the place is good...but there are too many good places in LA to waste your time, money and energy on a place where they act as though they are doing you a favor by letting you pay them to eat their food.
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