Farmhouse, the beautiful outdoor garden restaurant at Roger’s Gardens has launched several fall menu items that are sure to please.
Start with Farmhouse Market Salad ($11) a colorful melange of peaches, blueberries, Persian cucumbers, radish, sun gold tomatoes, pistachios tossed with mixed lettuces. There is savoriness from goat cheese, and tart flavors from the charred Meyer lemon vinaigrette, and preserved Meyer lemons.
For entrees, the Grilled Barbecue Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin and Peach Bourbon Sauce ($29) was a definitely surprise. I rarely choose pork whether I’m dining out, or cooking at home because that was the protein my family leaned towards when I was growing up. The pork was perfectly executed, tender and flavorful. The accoutrements of braised greens, cannellini beans, grilled corn, summer squash, cornbread stuffing and andouille sausage, all came together smashingly. I especially loved the grilled peach chutney and red cabbage, which added a sweet tart component to the mix.
Another excellent entree was Grilled Kumquat Glazed Swordfish ($34). The carrot puree, rapini, cipollini onions, pee wee potatoes, citrus relish, and fried arugula provided hints of bitterness and sweetness, all enveloped in varying textures which created a really special burst in my mouth. The addition of pomegranate seeds left a lovely acid component as well as a crunchy texture — all of which were extremely pleasant!
We enjoyed several sides including Blistered Brussels Sprouts ($10) dotted with cipollini onion, roasted butternut squash, and drizzled with pomegranate glaze. My only quip with the Brussels sprouts was the fact that they weren’t actually blistered. But moving on …
… the other side we tried was Roast Spaghetti Squash and Three Cheese Gratin ($16). This dish is also perfect as a vegetarian main course. There was Swiss chard, caramelized onions, chanterelle mushrooms, cauliflower, roasted butternut squash, parmesan and leek “bechamel” sauce, mozzarella and fontina cheeses, giving it a richness and complexity which is ample enough to stand alone as an entree, or as a shared item for the table.
Finish with Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake ($9) a smooth, luxurious, fragrant cheesecake with graham cracker crust, topped with a berry coulis.
Make sure you have a reservation before visiting Farmhouse, especially now that we are getting closer to the holidays. The restaurant is extremely popular and is always busy… you don’t want to get there and be disappointed they’re not able to get you in.
2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625