Thanks to everyone who helped us narrow down our restaurants for a DAT (Dine About Town) lunch the last week of August. Fringale was a lovely civilized spot: stellar service, good food, overall a highly recommended meal.
One of us did the DAT (so that we could have a dessert to share), and the other two ordered off the menu. We ordered 2 appetizers: the big hit of the meal was the spicy Monterey calamari a la plancha with jalapenos and chorizo. We all declared this to be the best calamari we have ever tasted,the spices in this dish were perfectly balanced, piquant but not overpowering. We fought over this one, and wiped up all the sauce with the outstanding bread. Our DAT appetizer was the red pepper soup, which was good but not great.
Our mains were the special pasta of the day, with sun-dried tomatoes and salmon; good pasta, but bland ingredients. We also had the Tuna Nicoise, which was beautifully presented, and, as recommended on a previous post, the New York steak with red wine butter and pommes frittes. The meat was really flavorful, and we all pounced on this one. Again, the bread came in handy to lap up the sauce.
The waiter had a droll sense of humor, and steered us toward some of the dishes, and offered an incredible wine when we told him our budget,the Morgan Pinot Noir. We ended with another recommendation from the board, the hazelnut and roasted almond mousse cake. Worth sinning for.
The total with tax and tip was $50 each.....a splurge for lunch, but a great memory of those 2-hour French lunches without the airfare.