If you had told me ten years ago that our sleepy little burgh, which we jokingly referred to as “Mayberry RFD, where they roll up the sidewalks at 6,” would become a dining Mecca, I would’ve said you were dreaming. But thanks to some good city planning (at least in my view), we now have a bevy of excellent dining establishments all within a few blocks of each other.
The newest, Fraiche, has received a lot of buzz, and as I’d been told, is quite booked up. We were unable to get dinner reservations for Saturday night at the time that worked for our dining companions, so Doug and I went for a drink and to sample the bar menu before our dinner at K-Zo. We ordered a couple of charcuterrie plates, a nice prosciutto plate and the duck rillettes. We’d sampled the rillettes at Le Comptoir when we were in Paris in May, but the ones at Fraiche blew those out of the water. The prosciutto was also lovely, and both plates were served with wonderful olives (which we think are house cured). Fraiche also has a very special drink menu, the recipes all developed by the bartender, and utilizing secret ingredients from some intriguing bottles on the side of the bar. Doug ordered a Yellow Cab and said it was delicious and complex.
We then moved on to dinner at K-Zo, where we met up with Doug’s brother and sister-in-law. We were seated in the the only booth, behind the beaded curtain. The chef/owner Keizo Ishiba was most recently with Sushi Roku, and the menu at K-Zo includes many cooked and French cuisine dishes, so your non-sushi-eating friends will have plenty to choose from as well. But it’s the sushi that holds the spotlight for us. There is an extensive menu of daily specials, and we ordered primarily from there. My favorites were the Kampachi Carpaccio (thin slices of yellowtail drizzled with a light sauce and each topped with a thin slice of jalapeno pepper) and the Premium Toro sushi, which was so good we ordered a second round. We also ordered a large bottle of our favorite cold sake for the table. I can’t remember the Japanese name, but it translates to English as “Chrysanthemum Water.” Topping off the meal were an order of sesame ice cream and green tea ice cream.
We’re determined to enjoy a dinner at Fraiche soon, and when we do I’ll post my next installment of Foodies’ Night Out.
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