My husband and I don’t go out on a date often enough. Most of the time, we find ourselves making plans with other couples and old friends, not to mention juggling kid-specific and family events. When left to our own devices we often opt to order take-out, wear comfy clothes and rent a movie. But recently we decided to make the effort to have more one-on-one dates. Luckily, this lead us to The Farmhouse in Needham Center.
Just a :10 – :15 minute drive from our house, we found parking easily in the parking lot at the back of The Farmhouse. The rustic-yet-elegant atmosphere was lively, clearly a favorite among Needham residents. It’s a long, narrow space, decorated with art that felt both DIY and chic (hard to pull off, but they’re successful).
The Saturday night was packed and, though we had reservations, they weren’t quite ready for us when we arrived. But we didn’t mind. After a long week we were both happy to relax and hang out at the bar for a drink (and a couple of seats opened up). The wine, beer and cocktail menu looked fit to please anyone. And though the decision was tough, both my husband and I chose The Farmhouse Mule (Tito’s, ginger beer, lime juice). It. Was. Tasty.
We lost track of time and had to remind the hostess about us, but the Mule took the edge off and we weren’t bothered by it (depends on mood and what we’re paying the sitter!). They seated us at a prime table by the window, where we were left to peruse the farm-to-table offerings on their menu.
The Farmhouse is run by a husband and wife team (Gabriel Sanchez Luz and Dora Tavel-Sanchez Luz) who create a seasonally changing menu that they describe as offering “clean flavors of local, organic, contemporary American cuisine.”
Moments after we were seated, our waitress introduced herself and brought complimentary marinated olives as a gesture for our late seating. She was warm in manner and knowledgeable about the menu, answering our questions and making recommendations. We wasted no time in choosing our app: Tuna Tartare with avocado mousse and homemade chips. Despite the fact they’d just run out of chips, we went for it anyway. I wish I’d taken a picture but we forgot and ate it the minute it arrived. It was fresh, slightly citrusy with a hint of spice and a nice creamy finish with the avocado.
For entrees, my husband chose the fish tacos with spicy aioli, pico de gallo, and watermelon radish. I decided on the beef shortribs with pappardelle and pecorino romano cheese. Though he enjoyed his dish thoroughly (and I approved after sampling), we both agreed that the slow-braised shortribs with the homemade pasta was outstanding and the more special meal. I don’t think my photo does it justice but I promise it was fabulous and I might have to order it again next time.
We finished the night off with a brownie sundae and a berry cobbler. It’s rare my husband or I favor anything over chocolate, but in this case the cobbler won out. Perfectly cooked, crisp and the right ratio of sweet to tart, was a great way to end the evening. Again, we ate them up. I almost took a picture of the empty plates with smears of vanilla ice cream and brownie crumbs. But you’ll have to take my word for it. Go for the cobbler.
I’m glad we’ve gone back to having date nights. Not only do we get to catch up with each other, but it gives us an excuse to try out new restaurants. Looking forward to bringing you along on our date night journey! Let me know if you have a suggestion for a place we should try. And in the meantime, let us know if you go to The Farmhouse!