Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA
I am trying to avoid eating overfished seafood. I don't eat meat. It is tough dining out in a non pasta restaurant these days. It was our pre Easter and post my b day dinner. I have been dying to try John Bomba's place. We went to HS together several moons ago. Mom has been to the farm a few times. I called ahead and spoke to the head chef. She was delightful and spent much time educating me on her sources of meats and fish. The chef pronounced she too was trying to serve more eco friendly meals.
I drove up from the Cape and what a lovely ride it was past the mountains and vistas and even a babbling brook. There was a wedding on site that did not impact our meal in fact it was an added attraction.
The waitstaff are wonderful. The setting is magical. The menu, well nothing on the entree menu jumped out at us. My teen does not eat meat but saw nothing she loved. The duck which she normally orders was in a paella. Not her thing. Mom wanted fish. They had cod. She does not love scrod so asked the server if cod was scrod. Well, I knew it was the same fish but let the server tell her side, "no cod is not scrod". Easy enough, Mom bought it hook line and sinker and I kept my mouth shut. The veggie entree was portobello mushroom done middle eastern med, style. Not up my alley so I ordered the lobster bisque and a roasted beet salad.
The bread was amazing..buttery yeasty flavorful roll. I had a nice chard. Mom had a taste of the house Riesling, did not fancy it so ordered the house Zin. She was happy. My teen ordered the portobello baklava which she and Mom enjoyed. My bisque came with a pile of meat in the middle and some truffle oil infused but the top had made a skim and it was very custardy in texture. The flavour was nice but the consistency odd. My kiddo did not love her meal. The plantain gnoccis were mushy. She said her meat had no flavour. Mom liked her cod wrapped in proscuitto but was not in love. My salad was ok. The roasted beets were diced small and honestly tasted canned. Also the sides on the other two dishes were corn and carrots both diners swore were canned corn. We made our way through dinner without the oohs and aws we had expressed at 28 Atlantic and other stellar dining spots. It was an AOK meal. Would we go back... ? Not likely..but I beckon you to try and tell me what you thought? It is a delightful setting for sure and a lovely ride.