This was the grand finale of our dining around Sonoma adventure. We had a few hours of business in Santa Rosa, then a 5:30 reservation at the Farmhouse Inn. I made the reservation about three weeks in advance and guaranteed it with a credit card which they asked me to do.
First of all, I love the off-the-beaten-path location of this quaint, charming place. It is in a gorgeous setting and we just had to take a few pictures of the building and grounds before entering for our meal.
We were promptly seated in the back of the restaurant by the fireplace near a window. The ambiance is very cozy, romantic and elegant. You just get a warm feeling from the place right away.
Water is placed on each table in clear glass wine bottles which is a nice touch and there are small candles and flowers on each table to add to the ambiance of the room.
I started with the White Asparagus and Spring Garlic Soup with porcini dusted croutons. The soup was excellent, a very mild, smooth taste to it. My husband had the Carpaccio of Hawaiian Kampachi with fresh Gulf shrimp, avocado, yuzu vinaigrette,micro salad which he said was very good.
For my entree I chose the Sauteed Alaskan Halibut with Jerusalem artichoke puree, herbaceous butter sauce, and spring peas. Let me say that the first bite made me want to twirl around the room! This place puts halibut on a whole new level. Definitely at the top of my list for the BEST I've ever had and we are quite big on seafood. I savored every bite and really enjoyed this entree. I highly recommend it.
My husband had the Pan Seared Sonoma County Duck Breast with caramelized spring onion Inca red quinoa, reisling gastrique. I didn't have a bite, but he said it was very, very good. For our wine, I had the Sparkling Pinot Noir that was a pink-colored blush wine. It went very nicely with the halibut and was crisp and light.
For desserts, which we usually share, we splurged and ordered two. I had the Meyer lemon ricotta cheesecake and my husband had the chocolate souffle with bourbon sauce. Both desserts were wonderful.
Service was extremely attentive, perfect really and never missed a beat. I give the Farmhouse Inn an A plus. We took a quick tour of the property after dinner. There are eight small cottages to choose from but they were all full so we didn't get to peek in. www.farmhouseinn.com is the website.
I just checked the SF Chronicle's reviews of Sonoma restaurants and Michael Bauer gives it three and a half stars, making the Farmhouse Inn and the Dry Creek Kitchen (which we also enjoyed last visit) the two most highly rated places in the area. Cheers! ***kim***
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