24 Sep 2013
Read about Farmhouse in Vogue Living and booked after some friends raved about it - I wasn't disappointed! It's like a private dinner party hosted by friends who can really, really cook. Food: The food is a set menu of 4 courses (+1 surprise course) that changes every 3 weeks. It's seasonal, uncomplicated and definitely filling. It was refreshing to be served complete meals with sides and there wasn't any tiny plates with foam or smears that represent a course that you need a teaspoon to eat. You're generally served a large plate to share (except for the desserts). #1: We started with a plate of fresh bread (Pane di Lariano), prosciutto, garlic aioli and pickles. I pretty much could've been done just eating this. #2: Chicken, corn, spinach, blackened onion - The boys have one dish each (#2 was Tristan's and #4 was Mike's) and the rest are done together. This was just beautiful. The skin was seasoned to perfection and the pureed spinach and blackened onion complemented it well. Some diners remarked on the amount of salt and garlic, but to me, this is seasoning. Definitely a highlight! #3 - Roast pork, mash, apple, fennel, crackling - I was pretty much full by #2 but this dish arrived and it was a huge. A plate full of roast pork, carrots and mash and sides of fennel and dill (?!?) and an incredible chunky apple sauce. One of the best roasts I've ever had, especially the potatoes. #4 - Salted caramel popcorn with Strawberries, vanilla & Champagne granita - This was Mike's dish and it was incredible. The salted caramel helped add texture and contrast the flavours. A very sophisticated dish. #5 (not on the menu, and no photo as I ate it too quickly, but it does exist!) - Coconut cake with cream, macadamias and lime syrup (not too sure on the wording of this as it's not on the menu). Most people had this as take away but my friend and I found room. The cake was very moist and the cream went well. My only wish is that this came with tea/coffee (I didn't ask, but I didn't see it on the menu). Atmosphere: The restaurant is petite, but well designed. I wasn't sure how we'd get in/out of the communal table, but the table tops come off for easy access. They make great use of space and I didn't feel crowded. Communal dining wasn't a problem either and we had a great neighbours either side. They have great attention to detail and the cutlery and glassware were beautiful. Service: Our host Sophy was lovely, the service is very polished and seamless, glasses are filled and plates are taken away without even noticing. She was amazing! Tristan and Mike were also helpful in explaining the dishes. Value: Surprisingly good. $55 for 4 courses is great value for food this good, let alone the surprise cake. The wines start from $11 a glass, the list is small but well thought out. We spent $125 for 2 + tip and left absolutely stuffed and with take away. Overall: Delicious food and crazy good value ($55 for 4 courses + surprise extra cake), great music and polished service. Would definitely go back here regularly. Tip: Dine on a Sunday if you want to take your time. They do double sittings except for Sundays and if you dine for Sunday lunch or Sunday dinner you can take your time as there is no one booked after (website says they do two sittings for Sunday dinners but we stayed until 9pm so best to check this). Leftovers - My friend and I weren't able to finish everything and they happily offered take away for the left overs so we didn't waste the food and could share with our friends who missed out.