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FarmTable Kitchen

179 Second Ave. N. (Second St. N.) Send to Phone
An intimate chef's table at Locale Market, the collaboration between celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona.   Chef Michael Mina was GAYOT's 2011 Best Restaurateur in the US
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FarmTable Kitchen, St. Petersburg, FL

FarmTable Kitchen Restaurant Review

: Locale Market is a collaboration between celebrity chefs Michael Mina and lifelong friend Don Pintabona. The market component features 11 kitchens spread out over 20,000 square feet, while upstairs is a wine bar serving a small-plates menu. Meanwhile, the tiny FarmTable Kitchen has only eight seats at a communal table in an intimate dining room in the northwest corner of the shopping plaza's second floor. The restaurant operates by a ticket system on the website. The prix-fixe menu is served to the entire table with a 7 p.m. start time, with the feel of a chef's table or a subversive restaurant pop-up. What makes it special is that over the course of an evening, eight different chefs enter the room to present their food, and sometimes, even more compellingly, their stories. Phillip Darbyshire comes in with a caught-today blackfin tuna, bycatch from one of their regular fishermen, then Matt Dahlkemper guides diners through a sampling of dry-aged Prime rib-eye alongside a wet-aged one, followed by Jeffrey Hileman who unveils little copper pots packed with butternut squash pasta roulades with a béchamel made of Venetian Sottocenere ash-edged cow's milk cheese. The evening goes on: part education and part sheer deliciousness. Dessert changes seasonally, the ideas often complex but sumptuous like a layered German chocolate mousse, emanating from pastry chef Lincoln Carson. Wines, both old-world and new-world, are chosen to suit each course, with the odd cold-pressed juice, craft beer and even saké rounding out the beverage choices.

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