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Blue Hill, April 2009

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I just came from a very loooooooong dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. My mom and I both enjoyed the Farmer's Feast. I went in with my own expectations of this restaurant because I'd been reading some conflicted reviews. What I expected was a nice restaurant that uses high quality ingredients to make delicious food. And honestly, that's exactly what I got.

There was an abundance of food!
9 amuse bouche, delicious Balthazaar onion bread with fresh butter (2 kinds, Blue Hill and Ronnybrook), homemade ricotta, beet and arugula salt, 6 savory dishes, and 2 desserts. Topped all off with chestnut macarons.

Everything was presented beautifully, especially the fresh carrots, lettuce, and cauliflower from the garden! I think what I loved most about the food was that the flavor of each ingredient was so well-emphasized. There were some dishes where I chuckled at the description. "Lettuce Broth"?? That sounds SOOOOO bland.... but it was far from it!

Because the farmer's feast focuses on the seasons freshest, most delicious ingredients, I was able to taste some new ingredients that I never had. Cobia is awesome! Goose egg noodles, oh yeah! And of course the farm-fresh egg from that morning in a lentil soup???? Ugh, it was heaven!

Also, I love the little story behind each star-ingredient, and how it plays a role on their farm life. I really appreciate what their mission is and what they believe in. It's unique and fun, and all the waiters showed a passion for food, which i always love!

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  1. Thank you for sharing your experience. Blue Hill has been on my list for a long time. I love their concept and how they are using locally produced food. Hopefully I'll get over there this year.

    1. thanks for your report. I've been twice, and have been one of those somewhat "less than blown away" given the cost. But I haven't been there in about 2 years. Maybe I ought to give them another try. Anniversary coming up :)

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      1. re: DGresh

        It was a VERY romantic place... perfect for an anniversary! Oh, and I didn't mention any of the ingredients, but I have a full post on my blog with pictures!
        http://smilessugarandsunshine.blogspo...

        1. re: DGresh

          We've tried 4 times & have always come away dissapointed with the poor execution. The food is just not well prepared. They adopted the Basement Bistro method of no menu choices last Summer & the last time we went many of the choices were inedible! With all the hype & attention Blue Hill gets, you should be "blown away" every time. We don't plan on making a reservation anytime soon. (Although it seems they are quite easy to come by unlike before)