Wednesday, May 27, 2015

La Ferme in Boca Raton - French Dining at its Finest

I feel South Florida lacks a bit of variety in French and Mediterranean cuisine. The robust flavors found in this part of the world, is just one of the reasons I absolutely love traveling to Europe. (Others include the architecture, landscape and of course - the men). When I find a spot that brings me back to my adventurous travels, I absolutely have to share it. So for those of you looking for a magnifique meal that will put some ooh la la into your palate, you want to take a road trip to Boca Raton and visit La Ferme, located at 9101 Lakeridge Boulevard.

La Ferme

La Ferme (which means "The Farm"), is family owned by Bobby, Laura and their daughter Alexandra Shapiro, who aren't new to the restaurant scene. They also own the very well known Flex Mussels (two locations) in Manhattan and have have been the driving force behind several other restaurants in New York City, Baltimore and Canada. They decided to bring a modern bistro ambiance to their newest venture in Boca, using locally sourced ingredients and a distinct Mediterranean flair. While the decor is elegant yet quirky, (if you can imagine that) the feel is comfortable and familiar, making it the perfect spot for a first date, or a family gathering.

When we walked in to La Ferme on a Saturday night, it was packed. I had the opportunity to look around and take in the vibe. If I was to analyze the guests, I'd say there was an equal number of newcomers and regulars. It was your typical Boca crowd, quite a world away from what you normally see on South Beach. 

Steak Tartare


We ordered a glass of wine as we perused the menu and decided to start our meal with their Steak Tartare and Ceviche. The Steak Tartare was phenomenal, made with hand chopped filet, capers and onions, then topped with a quail egg. The octopus ceviche was refreshing and light and opened our palate for the courses ahead.

Foie Gras
They didn't have their regular Foie Gras Terrine that evening, so instead we tried a different preparation for the Foie Gras that was sweet and tangy and served with caramelized apples. We were both licking our lips in unison after each bite.

Crescent Long Island Duck 2 Ways

There were several entrees on the menu we wanted to try and we finally chose the Crescent Long Island Duck 2 Ways and the Oven Roasted Boneless Branzino.  The Duck was fantastic; its presentation simple yet appealing. It consisted of a flavorful roasted breast and confit leg topped with crispy bacon, then served aside lentils and a creamy carrot puree. The Branzino was very tender, bathed in a fragrant olio verde and lemon vinaigrette, then placed atop a bed of braised greens.

Oven Roasted Boneless Branzino

The desserts we tried were just as impressive as the savory dishes. We indulged in their Chocolate Fudge Cake, which had the texture of a decadent, silky mousse and was surrounded by fresh berries. And of course, being that we were in a French restaurant, we just had to try their Creme Brulee. It was divine. Merci, La Ferme, Merci.

Chocolate Mousse

Creme Brulee

For more information, you can visit La Ferme online here or call them at 561-654-6600.

La Ferme on Urbanspoon

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