15 November, 2013

Fraiche Cafe and Bistro

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I've been hearing great things about Fraiche for a few weeks now so, when they invited me in for a review, I was more than keen. Located right opposite the Damas building, before you enter the maze of skyscrapers and are lost in the depths of JLT, this charming cafe is very easy to find and easy to love.

My beautiful friend Steff and I arranged to meet for breakfast here last Saturday morning, which sounded dreamy at the time but, inevitably, we both went out the night before and so arrived at Fraiche slightly worse for wear! Steff's remedy of choice was a fresh orange juice, whilst mine was a cappuccino and, eventually, we were ready to embark on Fraiche's breakfast menu. The offer is: order a dish from their breakfast options, such as eggs or pancakes, and then help yourself to the spread of extras - granola, fruit, croissants, yoghurt etc. All of this, plus a drink, for just AED 55 - not bad hey.

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Steff went for an omelette, whilst I opted for the Eggs Benedict with salmon (I'm predictable, I know). Both were absolutely scrumptious and just what we needed. The hollandaise sauce on my dish was stand-out and, as I was informed, has been tweaked and fine-tuned over months until this divine concoction came about. One of my favourite things on the plate, albeit the least photogenic, was the mushroom - how did they make it so delicious?! Let's just say that when I found out that the chef was Michelin star, I really wasn't overly surprised.

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The charismatic and enthusiastic owner of the cafe, Yousef, chatted to us and explained that the cafe is Montreal-inspired (as this where Yousef  spent many years) and brings the Canadian concept of great food and vibe to this little corner of the world. What I most love is that Fraiche is helping to solve Dubai's dearth of breakfast culture and almost positions itself as the anti-brunch* - simple, affordable and relaxed.

In the spirit of keeping things "Fraiche", Yousef and the team also held their first event last week, Fraiche Boutique, an evening at which local designers and artist showcased their talents and wares. With more pop-ups like this and, with the young, hip crowd who are already customers, Fraiche is well on it's way to becoming a 'happening' destination. 

I just can't wait for their outdoor terrace and vegetable garden to open - don't expect to find me anywhere else on a Friday and Saturday morning!

*(N.B. brunch is used here in the utterly 'Dubai' sense of the word and does not refer to time of day - the Fraiche breakfast is served until 3pm on the weekends!)

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