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My Open Farm Community

Its official. I have a new favourite restaurant. Lunch, brunch, dinner, coffee, family friendly. This place has it all. Open Farm Community is a gorgeous restaurant (with adjoining ‘farmacy’/shop), bringing the ‘grow your own food’ movement to the masses. The sizeable grounds are used to grow the fresh herbs/veges you see on your plate. The Farmacy sells produce, Common Man coffee (my favourite ‘coffee boyfriend’ has moved there from Tiong Bahru Bakery) and delicious drinks and other lovely stuff. You can register to participate in the community gardening sessions, and the last weekend of the month the Open Farmers Market is on, featuring fresh local produce for sale. Oh, and did I mention the table tennis, lawn bowls and large sandpit for the kiddos to play in? Without a doubt this is the nicest, most child friendly restaurant in Singapore.

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We have been there a few times now for dinner. Order the charred lamb rump with mint, peas, bacon, lettuce, whipped potatoes and deliciousness. Or the rigatoni with mushrooms, stilton and balsamic reduction. The warm broccoli salad is fresh, crunchy and generous in its size. Lemon tart with basil ice-cream or cheese platter for dessert (served with fresh honeycomb, tiny sweet OFC grown tomatoes and chutney). Yum.

There is a healthy, fresh and varied kids menu. Fish pie, lasagne, pasta, Caesar salad. My only comment would be the kids meals are expensive (from $18.00). We order for the boys to share, or they have a bit of our dinner (both loved the lamb) and the wait staff were very accommodating in providing plain pasta for the boys to go with their lamb (generous serve for $10.00).

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We took some friends to OFC for dinner Saturday night. Our booking was for 8pm, however our table wasn’t quite ready (word of mouth has spread, this place is a must book now). The manager was very apologetic, and very nicely sat us outside on a lovely lounge and provided us with two bottles of complimentary prosecco to tie us over while we waited for our table. A classy move. Service in Singapore is not something I can usually rave about but I will in this instance. We will be there again!

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Open Farm Community

130E Minden Road

Open Mon-Fri Lunch and Dinner from 12pm

Weekends 11am onwards.

The Farmacy is open daily from 9am

 

My Neo Life

 AN

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My Date Night. Where to go.

I love date night. Dressing up in a (reasonably) chic outfit. Enjoying time with my husband without our gorgeous (but exhausting!) boys in tow. Having a proper adult conversation without interruption. Since moving to Singapore in 2013, we have found some gorgeous little spots for dinner. Below are my five favourite restaurants.

Artichoke Café

161 Middle Road

www.artichoke.com.sg

Middle Eastern inspired sharing menu, full of beautiful slow cooked meats, amazing dips (the beetroot tzatziki is delicious), fresh produce. Artichoke is our go-to spot for a casual dinner, just the two of us, or with friends. The food is always served quickly, and they add new dishes to the menu regularly. Our new favourite is the flap steak, charred eggplant & kashkaval cheese pudding with burnt cabbage tabbouleh. Yum.

Cocotte

No. 2 Dickson Road

www.restaurantcocotte.com

French inspired cuisine. Cocotte have an organic farm project in the Cameroon Highlands, and source a large amount of their vegetables and herbs from there, leading to fresh, seasonal and just darn good food. Their roasted meats, particularly the Cote De Boeuf (Tasmanian prime beef ribs) are the best I’ve had in Singapore.

The menu is brimming with choice; steamed mussels, slow cooked pork collar, roasted sea bass, lamb spare ribs. The asparagus salad is a must order.

Oh and the best part: valet parking! For those who drive in Singapore, finding a park when you head out at night can be an absolute nightmare. Venture to Cocotte, and you only need to drive right up to the entrance and drop off your keys.

 

Kilo Kitchen

66 Kampong Bugis

#02-01

www.kilokitchen.com

Tucked away in what appears to be a old storage warehouse, by the Kallang Basin, is Kilo. The food could be best described as modern Japanese/Italian fusion, with a raw menu offering (think ceviches, sushi, tuna tartare), beautiful salads and a fantastic mains selection worthy of a restaurant with Kilo’s reputation.

The desserts are delicious, service is good, and they have a bar on the eighth floor of the same building for pre or post dinner drinks. Just book well in advance as Kilo is very popular! There is a (much smaller) sister restaurant, Kilo at Pact, in the Orchard Central Complex for a more casual setting.

My Little Spanish Place

619 Bukit Timah Road

www.mylittlespanishplace.com.sg

A less trendy offering then perhaps Kilo or Cocotte, but I love MLSP for its unpretentious, good, Spanish food. The cured meats, jamon and cheese selections with quince are yummy. Everything on the tapas menu is delicious (I’ve tried it all!), and their paella’s are worth the 45 minute wait. They always have good quality wines by the glass, unlike many places we frequent here where there is one wine to choose from. Oh, and you have to save space for dessert, the Churros con Chocolate are divine and the reason I keep going back.

The Boiler

18 Howard Road

#01-06, Novelty Bizcentre

www.theboiler.com.sg

For something completely different, we love to go to The Boiler, a Louisiana seafood restaurant. The seafood is boiled in a bag (hence the name), there are literally no plates or cutlery (you can get a plastic fork on request), and you need to wear the complimentary plastic bib! But the seafood is sublime, the place is bustling and the beers are cold. I highly recommend the Boiler Bombdiggity Bag (Crab, mussels, prawns, clams, sausage) with the works, make sure to order some cajun fries and coleslaw on the side. Its worth the messy fingers and calories!

So there you have it. My five favourite restaurants in Singapore. Happy eating friends.

My Neo Life

AN

xo