Address: 130E Minden Road, 248819
Opening hours: 11 am – 10 pm (Weekends and PH)
An urban farm that cultivates herbs and veg actually surrounds the greenhouse-like restaurant that is Open Farm Community (OFC), which is set amid lush greenery and has a chill, laidback vibe.
We were amazed by the good eats at OFC, all of which were prepared with the freshly harvested ingredients. The delish coal-baked omelette ($24) was one of the best comfort foods we’ve come across. Studded with smoked haddock and tarragon and topped with grain mustard Mornay sauce, this scrumptious dish will find favour with your mini-muncher. Nor will the “meatless” starter dish of fermented carrot “tartare” ($24) disappoint.
But it was the pasta dishes like the flavourful mud crab spaghettoni ($28) with Thai curry sauce, yellow squash and Thai basil that really won us over. If you enjoy fiery fare, order squid ink taglierini ($26) with “inferno” sauce, calamari, asparagus and chilli padi.
We were very pleased with our mains, too — scarfing down the juicy and tender roasted baby chicken ($28) with braised leeks, as well as the charred lamb rump ($32) with whipped mash and rosemary thyme jus. Leave room for dessert as the caramelised mango with coconut ($17) makes a satisfyingly decadent end to your relaxing meal.
Tot-O-Meter: If junior has never been to a farm before, let him check this eatery out. During a walk around the gardens, your mini-explorer can feel and smell the herbs, and even learn the names of each flowering plant. The younger ones will make a beeline for the playground, which features a sandpit and a giant cow slide. Once your peewee has worked up an appetite, he’ll be happy to dig into the potato dumpling gnocchi ($26) with shredded pork sausage, or the rigatoni with mushrooms ($26). If he prefers a fish dish, the coal-baked barramundi ($26) with cucumber coleslaw, roasted eggplant and mint dressing is yum.