Thursday, 11 August 2011

The Farm of Beverly Hills

It took us all week to get to The Farm of Beverly Hills  on Beverly Street, just one block over from Rodeo Drive, and I sure wish we had tried it a lot sooner. As it was, we chose it as the location for lunch on our last day in Beverly Hills, before our flight home from LAX. 

It certainly is a popular spot, every time we walked past the tables were almost always full. However even though we didn't have a reservation, we were warmly welcomed and offered a really nice table. The decor is so quaint, charmingly retro and country style, and there is a relaxed and welcoming vibe that makes you feel comfortable almost immediately. 

The menu is fresh, varied and exciting. There were so many lunch options, from sandwiches, burgers and salads to hot main dishes. I also liked the lunch specials that were on offer, including one for half a sandwich and soup, salad or fries for under $9. Even better, The Farm are committed to buying farm fresh, locally sourced and organic products wherever possible. 


I enjoyed the Farm Cobb Salad, featuring fresh lettuce, tender chicken, bacon, avocado, blue cheese and a wonderful sherry creamy vinaigrette. The kitchen happily served it with the dressing on the side, and without the blue cheese. It was beautifully presented and tasted absolutely delicious.
I was also impressed by the sheer number of really innovative dishes on offer, including the Pear and Brie sandwich my husband enjoyed. Served with a generous side salad, this delicious sandwich consisted of caramelized pears, brie cheese, red wine onions and shallot aioli served on raisin walnut bread. Is your mouth watering yet? Because it should be! I'm not even a bit fan of brie cheese, but wow, this tasted lovely.
The desserts we saw looked absolutely incredible too, but after nearly three weeks of eating almost exclusively in restaurants, we decided we had better wait until next time to indulge! I have heard their brownies are definitely something to write home about.

Despite its prominent location amongst some very high end real estate, The Farm of Beverly Hills prices represent excellent value for money, and are very competitive. We had a generous lunch and drinks for under $40, including a twenty percent tip. The great food, friendly service, comfy atmosphere and value for money mean The Farm at Beverly Hills will be very high on our list of restaurants to visit on our return to LA. I highly recommend it. 

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