When it came time to choose a restaurant this year, SPP gave me free rein over the choices. I was growing tired of the options in my immediate neighborhood. This town and the towns that immediately surround it are not exactly chock full of occasion restaurnts and we have eaten at the few that exist 10 times over. It was time to stop being lazy and actually do some driving and explore the surrounding areas a bit.
I knew what some of the popular occasion restaurants are, but I had no concept of just how popular they are. Nearly two weeks ago I started calling around for reservations, only to find that not many restaurants had reasonable times available. I was tempted to call the French restaurant down the end of my block and call it a day, but I persevered and got a table at the Bedford Post Inn Farmhouse.
The Bedford Post is a restored historic complex in the tony town of Bedford and owned by Richard Gere (we have friends who live in Bedford are friendly with Richard Gere, Kevin suggested at one point we use that connection to get us a good table - fortunately, we didn't need to). It's a beautiful building with gorgeous landscaping all around. There are two restaurants: the more casual Barn, and the upscale Farmhouse. These are farm-to-table restaurants. The property also contains a yoga studio and a B&B.
Inside the decor is kind of understated. It doesn't go for that all-out country kitsch, but goes for something a bit more modern. Colors are neutral without too many patterns. This little sitting area was right behind our table.
When the hostess saw me snapping photos, she offered to take a photo of the entire family at the table. Our server was kind enough to pose with us!
Time to get down to the business of eating. They brought us an amuse bouche of eggplant marinated in olive oil. Not bad considering I don't have much love for eggplant.
I have to apologize for some of these photos. The light was never quite right whether I used the flash or not.
Not all of us had appetizers, and those of us who did, stuck to the veggie ones. I had this wonderful salad of very fresh mozzarella topped with plums, pistachio, and basil oil.. The plums were a bit underripe and the tartness of it went well with the sweetness of the cheese and the basil. Truly a brilliant dish. I could eat this for lunch every day.
My main course was a giant pork chop on a bed of corn puree with mushrooms, pecorino, arugula and more corn. I wish I could describe how good this chop smelled when they put it down in front of me. It was cooked nicely (no dried-out, overcooked pork) and so delicious. The rest of the family ate branzino or halibut. The presentation of the branzino was gorgeous. I wish I had taken a photo. My mother's boyfriend thought the portion of halibut was too small though.