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39 Downing Street      http://www.masfarmhouse.com/

Came here with the Scheinerman Clan for a birthday dinner. Hands down, one of THE best meals I have ever eaten. The vibe of the restaurant is minimalist and the lighting just right, not too bright or dim.  All the food here is farm to table fresh.  The menu changes seasonally and one can choose how they order their meal.  I chose to get 3 dishes for $78 over the 6 course tasting menu for $115.  Despite the price tags, this is not a place that your eating at everyday so it is well worth the splurge.

I started with a small, complimentary Amuse-Bouche (below) and the Chestnut soup with cured duck leg.  Like a wise man once said, if there is a leg of duck in your soup…. eat it.  The meat fell off the bone and the skin was the perfect kind of crispy. My mother ordered a starter that had shrimp, which she has an allergy to, the waiter quickly took it back without question.  That level of service is what will keep me coming back here for a long time.

After that, I had the seared tuna carpaccio for a starter, like the dish below. Had the perfect amount of seasoning to let the tuna do the talkin….

My main was the Long Island Duck with candied walnuts and maple glazed brussels sprouts.  I have found that generally if something is maple glazed or candied, it’s phenomenal.  This was no different, it was one of the most well-rounded (as far as different tastes) and delicious dishes I have ever had.  It is a MUST have at this spot.

For dessert, it’s all about the chocolate hazelnut mousse (as seen below), poached pear and dark chocolate caramel pecan tart. With all the sugar I was feeling a little wired but well worth the jitters for the medley of tastes going on at that table.

In case any of you want to order any of what I had, here are the dishes, taken from the menu:

Starter: Roasted Chestnut Soup with Cured Duck Leg w/Toasted Pumpkin Seeds & Pumpkin Seed Oil

Appetizer:  Yellowfin Tuna l’Occidental Flashed with Beurre Noisette & Crispy Shallots

Main: Roasted Long Island Duck Breast Beet Marmalade, Maple- Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Candied Chestnuts 

Desserts: Poached Pear with Buckwheat Cake Huckleberry Ice Cream & Maple-Cider Reduction-Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Tart Earl Grey Ice Cream & Candied dates-Hazelnut-Milk Chocolate Mousse with Cocoa Streusel Salted Caramel Ice Cream & Chocolate Ganac