Farm House Local (Larkspur)
Farm House Local opened today in downtown Larkspur, across the street and about 1/2 block "down" from the Left Bank, in a location that has seen several trys and failures over several years. I went in after I'd already had lunch, so I chose the cheesecake from their beginning menu. It's described as "Sweet Cheese Cheesecake with Saffron Poached Pear and Blood Orange Reduction" and I figured it would either be a big hit of a miss. It was a big hit, one of those things where the parts come together perfectly. If the rest of their food reflects the same quality, this will be an amazing place. Try it and see.
There's also a very nice patio in back.
A few photos, which I'll update as I go back.
Another lunch a couple of weeks later, this time a panini of Diestel Ham, Fresh Celery Root, Crescenza Cheese and Roasted Pepper Mayonnaise with a green salad ($9, up from $8 when they opened). It was excellent, with all the ingredients coming together to make it one of those "greater than the sum or the parts" things. There was more ham in the panini than is obvious in the photo; I should have also taken a shot when it was half eaten but was too busy eating it :-)
They are now serving breakfast Monday-Saturday and their hours are Tue-Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday Brunch 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
I had lunch there again today, having the Cavatappi Pasta with Calamari, Merguez Sausage, Rainbow Chard and House Tomato Sauce ($13) and Crème Brulee with Blueberries ($6). The pasta and other ingredients were very flavorful, with the calamari providing texture instead of flavor (the chef intended that). The crème brulee was another excellent dessert, about as good as this dish could get. You really need to check this place out.
See a closeup of the calamari tentacles :-)
I went back today and had their Beef and Caramelized Onions Panini (not their exact description). It was excellent and a good value at $8 with a green salad. They change their menu often, and this Sunday are starting to serve brunch. I think this place will be a hit; certainly it should be.
I've added a photo of the panini.
Opening day! Seeing your description of the locale, I checked the website for the actual address, 25 Ward St. Yep, that site has housed several cute places over the years but none seem to have lasted long. Maybe the combination retail space + cafe will break that curse. The cheesecake looks incredible, thanks for sharing the photo.