The strains between farm stand and restaurant are rising ever extra blurry with the current opening of Farmers Desk on Forest Avenue in New Canaan, a hybrid farmers market, bakery and the most recent restaurant to embrace the farm-to-table eating development. Intimate in each identify and observe, the tiny 6 prime restaurant delivers farm recent hospitality with a farm stand persona.
Consuming at Farmers Desk is like inviting your self to dinner at a good friend’s home, armed with a bottle of wine and primed for small speak. Chef/proprietor Robert Ubaldo has made the comfy restaurant really feel as in the event you’ve invited your self into his residence, with recent loaves of bread cooling on racks, bowls of recent greens on the counter and conversations with fellow diners that naturally lengthen past the boundaries of every desk. Chef Ubaldo beforehand cooked within the neighborhood at Tequila Mockingbird, in addition to Southwest Cafe in Ridgefield. The native and natural produce you’ll discover on the menu is sourced from his brother’s upstate NY farm, John Boy in Cambridge New York, or Ubaldo’s personal again yard in Pound Ridge.
The menu is brief and candy and completely suited to lunch, take-out or an unadorned BYOB dinner. A soup, just a few salads, a brief listing of entrees, and two desserts had been supplied on a current go to. A good friend and I cut up every course, beginning with just a few hunks of freshly baked bread with rosemary and zucchini. Consuming these slices of bread of their freshly baked glory turned out to be the spotlight of our farm recent night.
A beet and goat cheese salad and an order of hen quesadillas got here out collectively as requested. The salad, a pile of roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts, and lettuce was flippantly dressed and properly executed. This marriage of beets and recent greens and goat cheese everyone knows so nicely is a welcome approach to embrace a few of the final recent greens of the summer time.
The quesadillas boasted a candy and savory filling of pineapple, cheese and hen, the approach, little doubt perfected throughout his tenure at Tequila Mockingbird and Ridgefield’s Southwest Cafe. Quickly after a bowl of heirloom tomatoes made the rounds within the eating room, and I gladly popped just a few in my mouth. An acceptable amuse bouche for this cut up persona house that was turning into extra farm stand by the second.
Dessert beckoned and we opted for a slice of key lime pie sprinkled with delicate little bits of mango and strawberries over the opposite extra decadent choice of a flourless chocolate cake. It was an excellent name to finish our mild summer time meal. The intense and creamy flavors of the pie introduced our meal again full circle to the intense and lightweight acidity of our beet salad.
I left my meal half anticipating to stumble onto a tilled discipline and never Forest Avenue in New Canaan, a mild reminder that we eat is meals that comes from the earth, cultivated by very actual folks just like the Ubaldos which does not necessitate the pomp and circumstance of a standard restaurant scene.
Farmers Desk packs a considerable native and natural punch right into a tiny footprint, nudging the boundaries of a standard eating expertise and likewise elevating the bar of what we might come to count on from a farm stand. It is protected to say our farm-to-table eating development is continuous to discover its proverbial roots.