You know how it happens - even in Europe, sometimes you just can't get out early enough to eat dinner before restaurants begin to shut down, even when their normal closing is 2230. Because we are late eaters, we've been wanting to try La Fregate. And, it's only a very few steps away from our place. So, out we went, at 2230, after one very hot day at the plage.
Upon arriving, we were happily greeted. Where to sit? Street-side inches away from the endless stream of cars, or slightly up on the raised wooden decking? As the heat of the day was still radiating, we chose the street-side. At least the cars stirred up some air movement. Odd thing about places here - there are no fans anywhere to be seen - or enjoyed.
We had researched menus earlier, wishing to find a very good steak au poivre. La Fregate has three to choose from: 200g, 400-500g, and another dish which is similar. We chose the smaller steak, with a separate salad to go with it. We share our meals, so this seemed like a good combination. At almost 18 euro for the steak, it wasn't cheap, but could be well worth it. For an additional 1 or 2 euro, you get to choose the type of sauce. We chose creamy au poivre, the other choices being Roquefort and possibly bernaise. This turned out to be a great choice.
The steak arrived, with frittes (French fries) and a small salad also on the plate. We also received a large (dinner) plate with the other salad. The very creamy au poivre included whole cooked peppercorns. As creamy au poivres go, this was pretty good. The steak itself was another story. It was gristle-y, with alot of fat as well on this small, 1/2 inch thick slice. Finding a pleasant piece was almost impossible. We asked - and received - an additional small amount of au poivre, as we like to use it on the fries. This was a great combination.
The salad was accompanied by slices of white onion, tomato, and a combination of lettuce greens. Overall, it was lifeless, oozed with dressing, and the tomatoes had not been carefully prepared - bits of the stem had not been cut out of their tops. One of the worst salads we've had in the area.
Overall, service was pleasant, yet unremarkable. If not for the very good au poivre and fries, this review would have netted two dots, not three. A way to think about food quality here is that it is an American restaurant trying to be French, catering to the non-French, late night customers who just don't care that much about what they get. There are so many other wonderful restaurants to patronize here, even tho they are farther away - much. We won't be coming back and can't recommend La Fregate.
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