Tuesday, November 11, 2008

FARM at the Carneros Inn


Another November, another candle on J's birthday cake. When a last-minute web fare to California came out we decided to celebrate with a little trip to Napa--and admittedly, a lot of food and wine.

FARM at the Carneros Inn immediately caught our interest with its promise of local, organic and sustainably raised ingredients, sourced primarily within a 150-mile radius of Carneros. When we arrived at the high end Napa valley Carneros Inn--and equally sophisticated FARM--I was a little worried that the restaurant might be too focused on looking good. But as we soon discovered, FARM is not just a pretty face.

Sashimi Grade Ahi Tuna Carpaccio - $16
Roasted baby golden beets, basil oil and crispy potatoes

The varying textures were fun and played together nicely. I loved the nuttiness of the roasted baby golden beets.

Wild Mushroom Risotto - $22
White truffle oil, Parmesan cheese, mushroom broth

One of the lightest risottos I have had the pleasure of meeting. The portion wasn't overwhelming and the delicate, foamy broth helped balance the hearty mushrooms.

Pan Roasted Niman Ranch Pork Chop - $28
Red Onion Soubise, Cavelo Nero, Bacon and Bonick Figs

For a restaurant that so heavily references its local ingredients, we were a little surprised to see this chop--though humanely and sustainably raised--originated in the Midwest. Nonetheless J found it to be moist and succulent.

My one other beef with FARM is the corkage fee, which at $25, was more than we shelled out for my risotto! In all fairness the price points on their wine list itself are actually quite reasonable, but with one more bottle of Regusci than there was space in our suitcase, we had no other choice but to brown bag it. Next time we'll buy a bottle off the menu.

- K

Farm at the Carneros Inn

4048 Sonoma Highway
Napa, CA 94559


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