Back again. We can't seem to get enough of a good thing and that is what the Farmhaus Restaurant is. Kevin Willmann has been voted one of the NEW BEST CHEFS 2011 by Food and Wine Magazine. This is a very prestigious honor and well deserved.
We were lucky to be able to sit at the bar tonight so I could watch Kevin and his crew at work in the kitchen.
It's Spring and the menu reflects the beginnings of this glorious season. Tonight I started with the Grilled Asparagus Salad. Hurry over to the Farmhaus before the asparagus season is over! This salad is a winner.
It's described on the menu as" Hearty Terra Bella Farms greens,Baetje Farms Goat Cheese, Crispy Shallots, Grilled Ramps (baby wild leeks), Caesar Dressin'". It is the perfect melange of the fresh tastes of Spring plus the texture of the crispy shallots with the smoky grilled asparagus and the creamy goat cheese is perfect.
For my main course I had Pensacola Cobia, Grilled, with Spoonbread( and no one makes spoonbread like Kevin!) Grilled Ramps (I love them, and they really have a short season) Savory Creme Anglaise, with a Radish and Herb Salad. It was superb. Flaky and perfectly grilled, cobia is a fish that has a slightly sweet finish and with the swiss chard and sorrel that made up the herb salad, it gave it just a hint of bitterness that made it even more interesting, and then this incredible sauce gave you the feeling of pure luxury in your mouth. Wow.
Dessert was Strawberry Rhubarb Tart. This consisted of a small fluted fried empanada tart filled with the strawberries and rhubarb in an orange confit, and strawberry semi-freddo with orange marmalade on top.
My Honey had his perennial favorite, Kevin's famous Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with Sweet and Yukon Smashed Potatoes, Pearl Onions and Tomato-Merlot Reduction. He started with Conch Fritters. There were three of them served with a Roasted Corn, Jalapeno, Sriracha Mayonnaise. I forgot to ask about the Srirach, so the next time you're there be sure to find out what it is and let me know. All I do know is that we loved them.
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