Farmers Apprentice features an ever changing, unique daily menu showcasing the bounty delivered by the farmers.
Okay the place is small, tight and it was immediately packed at lunch. We got the last "table" without enduring a 30+ minute wait. Would it be worth the effort?
The lunch menu is skimpy, very small. Okay, maybe not a big deal.
We started with a soup. Oh yes, very good, but a bit on the small side for the price. Also came with a couple of pieces of toasted bread. It was okay, sourdough base but not the most flavourful bread I've had.
We also had a gnocchi and a steelhead "fondue" with chickpeas. Both were quite tasty, but I felt the chickpeas were not quite soft enough and also not the best chickpeas I've ever had. The "fondue" was mis-represented I felt, it listed octopus as an ingredient in there but we saw none.
The dessert of "poached" raspberry/blackberry with milk sorbet(???) was actually quite good, probably half as much of the milk "sorbet" as it could have used (there was maybe one heaping teaspoon worth). Terrific summer dessert. Oh wait, except it's in the bloody freezing depths of winter!
Execution? Yeah, I think they did pretty good. Creativity? No. There was absolutely nothing unexpected or surprising about the flavours & combinations. I checked their website and looked through their list of suppliers. I'm familiar with all of them, some of them I consider the best in town, but many of them are, while still certainly in the upper tier, far from the best that can be had from local producers. (And I'm looking specifically at you, the vegetable suppliers)!
Service was ok, but for such a small place they had 3 up front and we peeked in and counted 6 in the kitchen. Really? Honestly? How on earth do they pay the bills??? Especially since the food came out quite slowly. We spent about an hour there and we were the fast ones. Most of the tables were there before us and were still there when we left. I also question why it takes so long, with such a small, small menu, everything should be prepared in advance ready for some final cooking. Would you roll the gnocchi to order? Not if it's on 50% of the menu items! The trout "fondue" base of chickpeas must have been made ahead of time which just left the grilling of the trout, which does NOT take that long. I wish them luck, it is good food, but they're not generating enough turnover to survive I suspect.
Price? About $13-18 for the main dishes. And these were SMALL. I mean really small. This doesn't make sense as I could head around the block to the very dependable Salade de Fruits Cafe and get just as good execution, larger portions, a more varied menu and perhaps even more creativity.
Would I return? No. Recommended? Half-heartedly. If you're in the area and it looks not busy, maybe you'll get lucky one day.
This is a noisy bistro, but the food is both creative (in flavour and in presentation) and delicious. At their prices, the dishes are reasonable value for money. Everything we tried, from appetizers to mains, is outstanding. Seating is cramped, and tables are small, but the plates are also small and meant for sharing, so that's fine. The wine selection is OK but not great. Service is excellent. I will return.
Visited this newish restaurant twice. Once with a wine pairing and most recently with a group of friends. Small approx, 30 seat restaurant between granville and fir. Menu is everchanging and has a good variety of items and is intended to be shared family style. Tried their oxtail and egg on spatzle - very good but the egg was a bit over cooked and the yolk was not runny but very tasty, liver parfait - very light and airy with some granola, raw oyster with lemon sorbet - very good and could of had a dozen, scallops - raw with cucumers and was very good, octopus with unagi sauce - this was the best dish with very tender octopus, dry aged steak - large steak which is good for sharing, steak was good but I wouldn't come here to eat the steak. Wine selection by the glass is limited to 4 reds and 4 whites and some bubbly/rose, some reserve bottles but that can get expensive. Would suggest you ask for some sort of tasting menu and provide a budget and even better with a wine pairing. Overall a great spot, a bit hot inside as they need better ventilation. Good value for the food. Would be back for more.
A friend and I went for dinner on April 8th and had a very bad experience at this restaurant. Started out with "dusty" wine that the waiter didn't care that I didn't enjoy--the sign of a good restaurant is that they let you taste it 1st--not here--and after they poured I said it wasn't good. Too bad!! Next ordered the steak for $43.00--had had to send it back twice to be cooked they way I ordered for--not appropriate for such a terrible piece of meat and not done--raw and I asked for medium. My friend ordered the very over-priced fish for $19.00 that we were to share--yeah right--two bites. Very poor indeed. Don't waste your time or your hard earned $$$. When we provided feedback nothing was taken off the bill--signs of an inexperienced, non-professional owneress.