Venice Goes Farm-Fresh
Opened in February and already well-known on the foodie scene for its rustic Mediterranean and Japanese menu, intimate neighbourhood eatery Barnyard comes courtesy of restaurateur Jeremy Fox and executive chef Jesse Barber (ex-French Laundry) in a light and airy, wood and slate space just steps from the Venice boardwalk. The enclosed outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a pre or post-prandial glass from the globe-spanning wine list, which includes bottles from Catalunya (Gilabert Cava), Germany (Knebel Reisling), France (La Grange Tiphaine) and California (Birchino Vin Gris rose). There are also beers on tap like Belgian Chainbreaker White IPA and the Scrimshaw Pilsner, or select a cider or pale ale by the bottle.
What the food menu lacks in length it makes up for in freshness, taking the pasture-to-plate concept more literally than most with ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s own Malibu-based farm. Begin with tapas plates of braised baby octopus, honey-glazed ribs or a meat board of picante, finocchiona and wild boar, before moving onto mains of pork with spiced carrots, yogurt and mustard greens, or lamb with honey-roasted raddichio and walnut aillade. Watching the waistline? Choose the vegetarian kale salad with strawberries, almonds, burrata and balsamic vinaigrette. Farm-idable!