A couple of months ago, I blogged a sweet little restaurant in my neighborhood, that was getting a lot of well deserved lip service called Pomme de Terre. I had eaten at its big sister, The Farm on Adderly, once before, but my son Erik’s constant urging me to go back to try the incredible brunch, made me put a star next to its name in my little black book (Erik is a total food snob). The meal that I had had at The Farm before had been a hurried affair (because of my crazy schedule!), and while they put out a delicious hangar steak, I had not felt compelled to make a quick return. That was my first mistake.
I did in fact return to The Farm (as it’s called in the ‘hood) with Erik for brunch, a few weeks ago (we had to sit at the bar because the place was dripping with people!), and then and there made a vow to return for an in depth dinner, camera in tow. My opportunity came tonight, after a long day of an even longer week, left Jerry and I with just enough energy to walk up the two blocks to Courtelyou Rd.
The first thing I noticed was the absence of racket. You can actually hear your dinner partner converse! How charming! We were greeted (unbeknown to us at first!) by one of the owners Allison Jonas, who along with her husband Gary own The Farm, Pomme de Terre and are soon to open a bar/lounge three doors up from The Farm. Our very pleasant waiter brought over a lovely plate of toasted focaccia with a rosemary steeped olive oil that could have easily been made a meal of. Ahhhh… I could feel the week falling off!
The menu at The Farm is unpretentious, but satisfying, and the sides that accompany the entrees are clean and unpredictable. Jerry and I ordered the Shrimp Stuffed Grilled Calamares with Mexican Style beans, the Spring Pea Soup with Pea Shoots and Maine crab, and decided that we would split an order of the Crispy Fried Baby Artichokes with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and White Bean Puree; the house sent over a new special on their menu, a Smoked Scallop with Avocado Puree and Pickled Cucumbers. Prepare yourself for food porn.
Shrimp Stuffed Calamaris with Mexican Style Beans
Crispy Fried Baby Artichokes with Oven Roasted Tomatoes
Spring Pea Soup with Pea Shoots and Maine Crab
Smoked Sea Scallops with Avocado Puree and Pickled Cucumbers
The farce in the calamaris was not dry at all and well seasoned…almost like a seafood sausage. The calamari were delicately grilled and were not tough at all, while the daintily seasoned beans showcased a lovely cumin fragrance. Jerry’s soup was pleasantly chilled, with a round buttery flavor that was the perfect foil for the acidy crab salad. There was a playful note of bacon underlying the dish that made it a delight to the last drop. The fried artichokes were crispy and fresh tasting, and I could have made a meal out of them alone, but served with the oven roasted tomatoes and the white bean puree? Gimme more!
I have to tell you that the prices at The Farm are very reasonable, and the portions “home” generous, as if you are eating at your grandma’s or your fave aunt. That being said, after all those delicious appetizers (we sent nothing back!) we were ready for our entrees. Jerry opted for the Pork Chops with Curly Kale and Potato Gnocchi, while I chose the Grilled Artic Char with Fava Beans and Fork Mashed Red Potatoes. Oh boy!
Grilled Artic Char with Fava Beans and Fork Mashed Red Potatoes
Pork Chop with Curly Kale and Potato Gnocchi
I am always wary of ordering grilled fish, because so many time you are disappointed with a piece of dry fish. Not the case tonight; the fish was perfectly cooked, juicy and fork tender, the potatoes were chunky and delicious, and the fava beans? I can’t get enough of them. Jerry’s pork chop was deusted the parmesan cheese, and was so tender he could cut it with his fork. The gnocchi were light and delicious, in a silky sauce that whispered smoke. Our waiter seduced us with some award winning fried potatoes that should be given up in confession. Trust me, there is no way you are going to eat just one!
Crispy, not greasy, and served with a curry mayo on the side, the waiter told me that they had been voted Best Fries by NY Mag. Very cool!
We had the waiter pack up most of our entrees, because I wanted to try the desserts, and doggy bags find a good home with all these hungry boys in my house. The Summer Berry Parfait caught my eye from the minute I scanned the menu, and I ordered the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp for Jerry. Three words:
You guys KNOW that sweets are not the way to my heart, but believe me when I tell you that this parfait is my new favorite dessert in the whole world. Layered with raspberry, blueberries, blackberries in a gentle compote and brioche, it is alternately layered with a panna cotta cream that is other wordly. I might have stabbed myself with a fork this was so good! Jerry’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp was delicious, but after the religious experience I had just experienced, I was not having any, lol!
Summer Berry Trifle
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
As if I wasn’t waxing poetic already, our doggy bags came in thes:
Delicious food, and GREEN, too!
Hats off to Chef Tom Kearney, and owners Gary and Allison Jonas. I know that I will be making the trek to Courtelyou Rd. to taste the other marvels they are serving at The Farm on a very regular basis. I think it may be a good idea if you do, too!
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