Now, unlike food writers who work for places in STL, like the RFT, Sauce magazine or even Feast magazine, when I make a reservation at a restaurant, I don't want them to know it is me. I want to give an honest experience, not one tainted by free meals, perks or extra friendly service. So, I called Friday night for a reservation at Sage and they didn't have an opening until 9pm. Again, if you have a restaurant that has only 7 tables, then you need a bit more. Also, I called Taste/Niche and they didn't have an opening until 9:30pm. Now, sure, we finished eating our meals at the Farmhaus by 9:45 or so, but starting a night romantic dinner at 9:30pm, means that doing something afterwards is difficult, well with the lack of real danceable night clubs in St. Louis and all. I'm sure that if I called and mentioned that I was a food and restaurant critic that I could have gotten a seat at any time, but what is the fun in that?
Farmhaus was nice and friendly and we got a spot at 8:15. The restaurant gathers most of their ingredients from local sources and when the can't, they get the best. It is more of a fancy/casual restaurant. We saw some people in shorts and others in suits. We sat near the bar and it was a nice atmosphere for my wife and I. The food menu is typed on a piece of paper and changed daily so we picked some plates to share.
The first plate that we ordered was the "Escolar Chaumette Traminette, dill and butter poached, grilled Pacific Blue prawns, roasted carrots and bok choy". I don't like most fish, but this fish tasted like butter and dill and was delicious. My wife enjoyed the perfectly cooked prawns and we both ate everything in the dish, including the two pieces of bok choy and the carrots. A 4 out of 5 for me.
Also, as a warning, the pictures all have a yellow tint because of the yellow light that was shining down on our table. But everything was good.