The Farmer’s Cabinet
1113 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The next two weeks are Restaurant Week in Philly, which means I have the perfect excuse to go out and try new places. The first place on my list was The Farmer’s Cabinet. I have been there in the past for drinks, but I’ve never tried their food.
As you walk in, you feel like you’ve entered the Prohibition Era. The decor is dark and rustic, yet oddly intimate despite the picnic table style seating and “farm-y” decor. My date and I were lucky enough to get a table in the back of the restaurant. As we sat down, the hostess grabbed our coats and we were greeted by a very enthusiastic waiter. He handed us an overwhelming drink menu, along with the restaurant week menu and glasses of water served in mason jars. While perusing the drink menu, I was impressed by the huge beer selection and Shakespearean inspired cocktails. However, I settled on a glass of 2010 Purato Nero d’Avola, an organic Italian red. It was so delicious that I ordered 2 glasses throughout the course of the meal. It was fruity, with aromas of wild berries, cherry, and cocoa.
New York Duck Breast Japanese served with sweet potato purée, baby carrots, chocolate coffee salt, crispy duck prosciutto, natural jus
As this was my first week dining out during my 6-week paleo challenge, I was very impressed by how accommodating the waiter was. To simplify things, I told him I had a gluten and lactose intolerance :) With that being said, I started out with a Duck Rillette(similar to pâté), served with a pear and parsley salad. It was beautifully presented on a piece of slate. For dinner, I ordered the New York Duck Breast (medium rare) with Japanese sweet potato purée, baby carrots, and chocolate coffee salt. The dish was simple, yet incredibly satisfying. I enjoyed dipping the duck in the chocolate coffee salt.
And for dessert, the restaurant was nice enough to make me something gluten and dairy free! They arranged a small fruit plate with clover honey. The waiter and restaurant got major brownie points from me for going out of their way.
Fruit plate with pineapple, strawberries, kiwi served with clover honey
After we finished the meal, we received the check in a vintage cigar box. Definitely a change from the regular black sleeves at most restaurants.
Overall, we had a very pleasant experience. We’ll absolutely be back for more!