Monday, July 13, 2009

The Farm Café

4.5 stars in 111 reviews on yelp, plus Lisa had heard good things - anticipation was high.

We started with a baked brie appetizer with toasted hazelnuts (which are featured local ingredients), local raspberries, and blueberries. It was good, but nothing spectacular.

The same cannot be said for the entrees.

We'll talk about my entree first the description from the menu - handmade ravioli stuffed with goat cheese, hazelnuts, basil, pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano and ricotta served with blistered cherry tomatoes. Omitted the wonderful nectar that was the gravy-like sauce that the ravioli were bathed in. Ravioli can so often be turned into the token vegetarian dish with crappy red sauce from a can. Not so at the farm cafe - the sauce was much thinner than a standard tomato sauce, but it was packed with flavor.

However, the real show-stopper was Lisa's entree. Let's start with the description by letting all of you know that Lisa ATE THE WHOLE THING. Absolutely nothing was left after Lisa had finished with the grilled corn and smokey blue cheese risotto. The smokey blue cheese gave the entire dish an extra layer of flavor that pushed it over the top. Lisa tried to get the recipe and got a few details - I'm sure she will spend most of the time before she starts law school trying to replicate it, we'll keep you updated.

We were both too full for dessert, and sorry folks - no pictures, we were too busy eating :-)

Bottom line - if you like food and you hit Portland, Farm Café is a must. I know we'll be back when we return to PDX.

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