Granite Bay's Farmhaus is Where Fresh Meets Delicious
● By Jennifer Resnicke
Beef Tenderloin – photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group
Greeted by friendly staff and seated at a table made of slightly offset planks of blonde wood, we settled in with the small but mighty menu. I always think it’s a good thing when a menu has the kind of food you would make if you could actually cook—and this one read like the recipe list I never knew I wanted.
While perusing the beer and wine lists we couldn’t help but notice a tap for kombucha, a fermented tea drink purported to have health benefits (the validity of which has been much debated). I can’t speak to its healthfulness, but I can say that the strawberry-hibiscus brew was pretty dang tasty.
Up next was the mushroom gnocchi appetizer. The pasta was incredibly soft and slightly nutty, and was just rich enough to feel luxe without spoiling our appetites for the upcoming entrées.
My husband opted for the classic beef tenderloin with carrots and potatoes, and we immediately noticed that both veggies still had their skin on (which delighted my husband who’s always saying “that’s where all of the nutrients are!”).
Despite the fact that I ordinarily feel a little silly ordering pizza at a nice restaurant, I thought I’d give the chef’s special a try. Toppings included juicy chicken, red onion sliced so thinly it started to brown, and crispy bacon with a balsamic drizzle over the entire pie. I was surprised to find the goat cheese one of my favorite details—the way the dry, sharp flavor helped to cut the fat of the bacon and cheese was a show of the chef’s culinary intelligence.
Farmhaus, 8230 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay, 916-772-3276, farmhausfresh.com.