I had dinner at the Farmshop last week, on a Monday evening. There was a whole list of interesting cheese/salumi type offerings, using some of the products they sell in the shop. I didn't order any of them, so I can't comment.
I did have the cream of asparagus soup with watercress and it was not the creamy flavorful warm soup I wanted. It was lukewarm, they add the watercress after heating the asparagus soup, I was told, and a sea urchin floated in the middle. The total effect eating/drinking it was it was like a green drink in a soup bowl. I didn't like it. Next to me two women were dining and one ordered the soup later than I did, and then asked about the crispy lavash that was supposed to come with it. That was actually for a different menu item, but they brought the lavash and it certainly was needed, though it still wouldn't have made the soup delicious, it just would have distracted and made you feel like you ate something and didn't pay quite so much for so little.
My entree was a pasta dish with fusilloni pasta, spot prawns, peas and pea pesto, oyster mushrooms and ricotta cheese. This was delicious. The prawns were sweet and just cooked right, not overcooked, so easy to do. It all married beautifully. I could eat this dish once a week, definitely the highlight of the meal.
For dessert I had a chocolate tart with some hazelnut sauce and a nut crunch on top. I only had a bite or two. The density of the tart was too much, like baked mud, really, it makes you wonder when someone prepares something like this, do they taste it? Way too heavy. Nothing could save it.
So for what, sixty bucks, I didn't have wine, I had one wonderful plate of food, and two almost inedible plates.
Which is why I put "inconsistent" at the top.
Portions are on the small side. If you go, just be selective in your ordering.
The shop is terrific, lots of goodies there, and the whole Brentwood Country Mart is fun to have a look at.
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