It’s not often that we have the luxury of a slow lunch together to be creative, and Le Fraisier was the perfect spot to seize the opportunity. The unassuming and yet eclectic ambiance was the perfect backdrop to inspire our imagination, and the simple, innovative dishes were themselves a reminder that thinking outside of the box can lead to beautiful discoveries…
Salty lentil salad paired with a cool melon soup; buffalo mozzarella served over watermelon, tomatoes and mushrooms; cooked apricot topped with a goat cheese mousse accompanied by the most perfectly roasted garden vegetables – the meal was a delight of fresh, local produce prepared in surprising ways.
The space feels like an art studio turned open kitchen with a few tables nestled into the remaining available room. The décor has an almost Alice-in-Wonderland-like quality bringing together garden-inspired whimsy, dainty teacups and doilies with a touch of retro. The result is a restaurant that is entirely its own.
Although our recent visits have been at lunch time, years ago we also attended a team building work event at Le Fraisier for a cooking lesson with colleagues. The memory of shrimp and passion fruit are vivid to this day. We were also delighted to learn that the restaurant is now open on Friday nights for dinner, which sounds like the perfect excuse to come and try one of their heartier meat dishes.
Located almost inconspicuously on steep Ruelle Grand St Jean, this little hidden gem is worth your time. We are rather confident that it will surprise you!
Ruelle Grand St. Jean 9
021 625 31 92 (reservations highly recommended!)