Walk down the rustic country lane behind Phoenix, Arizona’s The Farm at South Mountain, and you’ll be rewarded not only with stunning nature views and the beautiful gardens, but at the end of your short journey, you’ll find a charming 1930’s ranch house that offers a delight for your taste buds. Quiessence at The Farm delivers diners a true farm to table experience as evidenced by their seasonal menu filled with dishes that make use of locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and locally raised meats. The cozy dining retreat offers a perfect location for a night out, with patio outdoor tables romantically surrounded by glowing lights, an extensive wine list featuring both international favorites and local Arizona wines, and flavorful taste combinations that are meant to surprise and delight.
The Farm at South Mountain is a ten-acre working farm located just minutes from downtown Phoenix, Arizona. It features a pecan grove, gardens and greenhouses, inspiring locations for creative folks, and spots for visitors to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, featuring foods created using farm-grown and local ingredients. Nestled at the back of the property, looking out over the peaceful pecan grove, is a place for diners to experience a simple yet unique dinner experience: Quiessence. Featuring the work of Executive Chef Dustin Christofolo, who specializes in unique flavors paired with world class wines, and Sous Chef Sacha Levine, who brings a passion for seasonal, slow food, and charcutcherie, the menu is sure to offer a dining experience unlike any other.
Quiessence relies on ingredients that are fresh, local, and seasonal. The ingredients may come from The Farm, local vendors, or even guests who stroll through the nearby garden, tasked with bringing back a handful of fragrant herbs for that night’s meal! An a la carte menu allows diners to mix and match a meal to their liking from among decadent appetizers and first course plates. The Family Feast Tasting Menu offers diners a table full of salads, breads, pastas and main dishes chosen from the seasonally available items. Finally, the Brick Oven experience offers a customized, private eight course dinner. Menu options are available for diners requiring vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free items, too.
From the first sight of the charming and rustic location, to the warm welcome you’ll receive from the friendly hosting staff, all the way through your wait staff’s helpful and knowledgeable suggestions - including the perfect wine to pair with your meal - your dining experience at Quiessence will be top notch. In fact, the restaurant is listed as one of Zagat’s Five Best Restaurants in Arizona, plus it has the honor of being named one of the Most Romantic Restaurants in America and in Arizona. Guests choosing to indulge in the Brick Oven experience will be personally served by a chef team who will enlighten your party about how the dishes are prepared, where the ingredients come from, and which wines to choose.
Clearly the ambiance and the staff at Quiessence are second to none, but it’s the food that’s the real shining star here. Homemade breads, handmade pasta, a specially selected variety of cured meats, and an abundance of fresh natural flavors are paired with a delectable array of garden vegetables and homemade dressings and sauces. Pork shank, roasted duck, braised lamb, or halibut offer savory and delicious dinner choices accented with carefully selected yet unexpected flavors. They include; shaved chocolate for the pork, or the mulberries and hazelnuts that add mouthwatering flavor to the duck. For those with a sweet tooth, the dessert options don’t disappoint. Of course, chocolate, in the form of a chocolate and hazelnut pie, or indulgent treats like the pistachio torte or the panna cotta. Homemade persimmon ice cream is a unique dish, while the blood orange sorbet packs a flavorful punch.
Come to The Farm for the wonderfully unique activities, but make a plan to return for the experience of dining at Q at The Farm, whether it’s for a romantic dinner for two or a special family dinner. The ambiance, the staff, and the beautiful surroundings will draw you in, but the rich and flavorful local and seasonal menu flavors will leave you satisfied and looking forward to your return visit.