The Dot Com Pho crew loves us some Vietnamese noodles but we also love burgers. This past week at Dot Com Pho, we were invited to Fraiche in West Vancouver by chef Aaron Koo to sample their organic beef burgers. We’ve had some amazing burgers in the past including the Feenie Burger and the DB Burger.
I wasn’t the last to arrive today despite the horrific traffic through downtown Vancouver but John Chow, Michael Yurechko, and travellers Chris and Victoria Tew beat me to the Fraiche. Stephen Fung was stuck in even more traffic and didn’t make it until we were all nearly done and moving onto dessert.
The burger here at Fraiche starts with an organic beef patty and is dressed with truffle pecorino, foie gras butter, caramelized onions, crispy pancetta and house-made fries. There’s also some organic lettuce and tomato for some fresh crunch. The burger has a great flavor and a decent value at $16 with a big pile of fries.
Sarah went with a Truffle soy marinated sablefish with baby beets, royal trumpet mushroom and pea shoot salad.
Of course, Stephen took this as a challenge and ordered three of these monsters and demolished two orders of fries.
As you can see, he ended up looking like he’s in his second tri-mester of pregnancy. In the battle of Stephen vs. Food, today, Stephen won!
We also polished off some dessert while waiting for Stephen to finish his mountain of burgers and potatoes. Michael, John and I all ordered the chocolate truffle walnut torte walnut praline and dulce de leche ice cream. The dessert wasn’t overly sweet with a huge amount of chocolate flavor…almost too chocolately. We were all pining for some milk eating this dish.
Victoria went for the mascarpone and salt caramel tart spiced quince with mascarpone and salt caramel and ginger lemongrass ice cream. We were especially taken with the presentation, in particular the sugar crystal on top shaped like what we thought was a fat dolphin.
We were all quite happy with our experience at Fraiche and the service was excellent. This may have something to do with being the only occupied table in the place on a Wednesday but our waitress was cheerful and was willing to put up with Stephen’s ridiculousness, even taking some pictures for the restaurant for their Facebook page.. Unfortunately it’s all the way out in West Vancouver which is John’s backyard but the rest of us can’t go all the time. Overall, a great space with a fantastic view. I’ll be back for dinner sometime when I feel like braving Vancouver traffic again.