Have you ever entered a restaurant and felt transported back to the 1950’s? I have recently at The Fray on Fraser Street during Dine Out Vancouver. The room is filled with memorabilia from the past, there are stacks of puzzles and games in boxes for you to open and play during your meal, and even sharpened pencil crayons are on each table and a activity sheet for you to draw on. The Fray is NOT pretentious at all. Just enter and relax.
Fray’s Dine Out menu is typical diner fare; filling and flavourful. With my dinner guest, our selections were:
- Appetizers: Steak Mushroom Bites and Portobello Mushroom Fries
- Entrees: Pulled Pork Sandwich with Salad and Maple Bacon Jam Burger
- Dessert: Apple Crumble
The Steak Mushroom Bites appetizer was a big hit for both of us. Marinated chunks of AAA-beef, sauteed in red wine with quartered mushrooms and chipotle lime aoili dipping sauce. I didn’t need the dipping sauce, as the sauce from the red wine/mushrooms/beef was so flavourful on it’s own. It had some black pepper heat to it. The beef was exceptionally tender, and we could have had a second plate. The Portobello Mushroom fries were served as a Jenga stack with sun-dried tomato aioli dipping sauce. The fries were good, and benefited from the dipping sauce, but it was hard to compete with the Steak Mushroom bites.
I had the Pulled Pork sandwich; quite thick, with a good amount of slaw in the bun together with the pulled pork. The pulled pork was very tender, but the sauce was a little too sweet for me. The menu did say that it was candied pulled pork, so if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you would probably enjoy this one more than me. The side salad with it, was fresh and had a nice tangy sauce. My dining partner had the Maple Bacon Jam Burger. It was a monster with a 1″ thick patty, grilled just right; not overdone and dry. Fresh tomatoes and lettuce together with the maple bacon jam. My friend said that there was a lot of bacon flavour in this burger.
I didn’t mention that the entrees were large, but they were, and very filling, so the Apple Crumble, was like trying to conquer Mt. Everest. When I ordered the dessert, I had visions of a small slice of apple pie with a crumble top. On my plate, served hot from the oven, was a small-medium sized apple pie, accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce. The apple slices were hot, still with some crunch to them, and accompanied by sweet spices. Take another bite with the cold vanilla ice cream, and you have memories of mom’s apple pie. A wonderful way to end the dinner.
Thank you to The Fray for paying for this Dine Out dinner. I do not doubt that I will be back to have more of those Steak Mushroom bites as well as trying their other menu items. Enjoy!