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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Fressen
by starsnspikes

Review: I recently visited Fressen with a friend on a Friday night. We arrived without reservations and the place was full, but the staff were very helpful and she squeezed us in an hour later. After wandering around downtown on a lovely summer's evening, we had worked up quite an appetite. We ordered three dishes between us, as they are appetiser-sized. At $9 each this is rather pricey, but totally worth it. I had read a review on here that recommended the mushroom filo pastry, so I ordered that, as well as the basil fettuccini and the eggplant pizza. All three were beyond delicious. My favourite was definitely the mushroom pastry. It was a lovely surprise after reading some reviews hat suggested the dinner wasn't as good as the brunch. If the brunch is any better, I don't think I could handle it! The menu is divided into Salads, Starch (pasta type dishes), Vegetables and I forget what other category but it was the one containing the mushroom pastry dish. There was also soup, for $6. There was only one dessert on offer, but it was great. It was three soft triangles of chocolate with holes in the centre filled with crushed nuts, and surrounded by fresh fruit, chocolate sauce and coulis. That was $9 also. There was a large selection of organic wines on offer. Those that were available by the glass were $9, and cocktails (I ordered a Sea Breeze - the best I'd ever tasted) were $7. My friend also ordered fresh orange juice, which was some of the best I've tasted. My friend and I shared a dessert. After the rich food neither of us could eat a whole one each, although some people probably could. We were poured ice water as soon as we sat down, and topped up immediately when our glasses were low. Before the meal arrived, we were served bread with a houmus dip. The food took a while to arrive, but it was easy to wait for. The atmoshphere is very intimate and cosy, with nice music playing in the background and low lighting. The decor is also very pleasing on the eye. To finish off, we had hot chocolates made with soy milk. They were listed as $7 on the menu I believe, but were listed on the bill as $3.50 each. So that was a nice surprise! There was also coffee and tea available, most or all of which was fairtrade. The bill arrived quickly when we requested it. The bathrooms were very clean too. The only fault I can find is that the food is pricey, but I have to say it's completely worth it, so that isn't actually a fault. My friend and I spent almost $80 between us, including tax and a tip. It's possible to spend much less, if you stick to water or just get one drink each. But I would recommend this place to anyone, including meat-eaters. It's proof that vegan food doesn't have to be bland. In fact, this restaurant was probably the best I had ever been to.

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