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Mar 17, 2008 01:46 PM

Normandy Farms- Jim Coleman's Place?

Does anyone have any opinion on this place?

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  1. We have been to brunch there several times. The service was not so great, but the selection of food was very nice. Good friends who have eaten dinner there, say "Eh"

    1. We have not eaten there in over a year (which in itself says something as we live close by). We've had dinner there three times and while we had nice meals they were nothing exceptional and were expensive. Jim tries to use local foods and let their flavors speak for themselves, but the end result is that the food is somewhat bland and underseasoned. Things may have changed since we were last there.

      1. We have been there not to long ago and agree, the food is bland but the dining room is quiet and you can always get in, we live close by too. I would say we have eaten there 5 times and lunch is best. The lobster corn soup was really good and the salmon BLT. I probably will not go back anytime soon because it is just " EH!"

        1. I've always thought that Jim is far more a personality than a culinary talent. Great guy, no doubt.Friendly, hospitable and welcoming. But, I never thought that the recipes on his TV show were that imaginative or satisfying. As for the Normandy restaurant, bland is the word. He's trying to make local fare with a gourmet flair. What you get is haut cuisine embellishments on Penna. Dutch comfort food. Curious and difficult to explain. As for value, there is far better elsewhere. I've been twice and came away with the same impression, so I guess that's it for me.

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          1. re: Chefpaulo

            I totally agree Chef. He seems like a really nice guy but he never impressed me on TV either. I don't think I've ever heard a good review of the place on this or any other board. When you think about it though, what he does is perfect for the wealthy "Blue-haired" William Penn Inn crowd who live in that area. Also, I'm glad it saved the beautiful farm from yet more houses.

          2. I have been there twice. Once as a romantic dinner with my husband and then again to celebrate Mothers Day with our family including my 85 year old grandmother. The dinner for two was very nice, best salmon I ever had, but we didn't like the a la carte nature to the menu. By the time dinner was done our bill was outrageous.

            The Mothers Day dinner was embarrassing. They were overbooked and short staffed. Our services was so slow. Desserts were only offered as a buffet. The dessert buffet was embarrassing. The selection was so sparce (big empty platters between the occasional mini eclair). I chose the restaurant for this family evening and I regreted my choice.

            However, I think we should keep trying Coleman because I think Jim Coleman and what he's done with Normandy Farms adds something special to our area. He just needs to tighten up on his quality, find some new flavors and get friendlier staff.

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            1. re: murano

              All of the above may be the case, but my niece had her wedding and reception there recently, and it was first rate. Everything from the planning to the night's stay was wonderful! Not cheap, but weddings never are.