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Quiessence Restaurant Review: Set in the pastoral splendor of The Farm at South Mountain, Quiessence (meant to signify the quiet place) offers a unique dining experience. The old house, from which the restaurant operates, has been refurbished and redecorated, giving it a spiffy look without taking away from its former cottage-like charm. Chef Dustin Christofolo’s farm-to-table American menu includes an array of the season's freshest ingredients, pulled straight from the farm's organic garden. Hearth breads are baked on premises in an outdoor wood oven, and the menu features vegetarian dishes as well as meat and fish and homemade pastas in a refined-casual ambience. Guests are invited to stroll through the flower gardens before or after dinner, or for an even more romantic encounter, cozy up near the fireplace. There's a small wine bar, too, where tastings are conducted, or enjoy a relaxed wine-and-cheese pairing on the expanded patios.