Had dinner at Fringale last night. The place is small and we were a little squeezed in among our neighbors. But somehow it seem more cozy than crowded.
We order the country venison pate, lobster ravioli and prawns for appetizers. The generously-portioned pate was not a hit with my fellow eaters, but I liked the mild flavor and good texture. The ravioli were great -the pasta delicate, the lobster sweet and the sauce was light but tasty. I adore the pasta at Quince and this was right up there. The prawns were also a hit - quite well seasoned, but the sauce was perfect for mopping up with bread.
For our entrees. we had rib steak and pomme frites, the rack of lamb and seafood "basquaise." The steak was unanimously hailed as "perfect" - great beef flavor, well grilled on the outside, medium rare and juicy on the inside. The pommed frites were quickly gobbled up and we considered calling for an extra side order, but restrained ourselves. The lamb was another "perfect" -- very tender, not gamey -- and came with a lovely side of potato au gratin. The seafood "basquaise" was good with a mixture of salmon, prawns and mussels. The best part was definitely dipping bread into the broth and the fresh and tender mussels.
For dessert, we ordered the flourless chocolate cake and grapefruit terrine. Both were fine, but nothing to right home about. So i'll stop there.