Open Farm Community 

OFC is located at Dempsey, just a stone’s throw away from Orchard Road. Supporting local farming, patrons will find the surroundings filled with home grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. I really like the idea of an edible garden city where families and kids can explore how food is grown and put on the table! Look at how many papayas there were on just a small tree at about 1.8m, and the seedlings growing healthily and al fresco seating to enjoy the garden or farmacy where there were about 40 types of herbs, 12 types of veges and edible flowers, 30 types of fruit trees.

Chef Ryan Clift from the famed Tippling Club is the man behind the kitchen. With experience working with the world’s best chefs and and a couple of years at Vue De Monde, one of my favorite restaurants in the world, we were excited to try OFC. 

 The whole compound included a retail section including coffee, small gourmet section and a cute corner for kids and all things colorful. Unfortunately it was closed when we got there. There were also ample space for patrons to laze around and chit chat after a meal.

We were served charcoal battered sweet potato leaves with some soy based sauce. The leaf was crunchy but the sauce was abit too salty. Sauce tasted like soy sauce mixed with miso and it had a slightly foamy and creamy texture. Oh we did not finish our sauce but we put it to good use in the next dish.  And the homemade lemonade $12 was quite good, tangy and refreshing!

The two of us shared a starter of coal baked omelette with smoked haddock, tarragon and grain mustard mornay $27. It was a nice moist omelette, haddock was quite salty as they weren’t evenly distributed so some parts of the omelette were bland (here’s where the sauce from the sweet potato leaf comes in) while some parts too salty. Otherwise, the dish was quite satisfying. 

Next we had the red grouper with peas and mint purée, grilled baby cos and chimichurri $30. When the dish was served, it was an eye candy. So pretty and colorful… Flowers and vege from the farmacy were used in the plating. I liked how the fish was done, and the taste of the mint purée with the fish. For someone who prefers a lighter meal, this is recommended.

The other main we ordered was the very delicious, fork tender mangalica pork collar, Asian bbq glaze, corn and speck ragout with pickled cucumber $36. Also a pretty dish, was really yummy! Good for small eaters to share or enough for 1 meat lover. Note the pork rind on top of the pork was very crispy.

For dessert, we shared a lemon tart with basil ice cream $18. We love lemon tarts but the description did not sound exciting. However, surprise! the tart was served like a millefeuille with lemon curd and cream piped between sables. Chia seed basil sauce almost like jelly and the basil ice cream. A very delightful combination. We enjoyed it. Coffee was from Common man roasters and we loved their coffee when we visited. So it did not disappoint this time.

 Dishes were beautiful, taste was good but some dishes maybe too salty and it’s a pretty noisy restaurant that we almost had to shout when talking to each other. Otherwise we thought it’s worth revisiting though prices are on the high side.

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