UPDATE JANUARY 2013 We visited for lunch and the Farm is still Fabulous ! We had an authentic selection of Thai food in the garden on a table for 8 people. One of my best lunches of 2013, but NOW YOU HAVE TO BOOK BEFORE HAND ! Up to at least a week in advance for lunch, otherwise you’ll have a wasted journey. Monica
Lunch at the Farm was as far removed from Farm Like as you can imagine, think Zen/Buddhist garden complete with water features, wooden horse made from twisted twigs and cool white fabrics with speakers discretely disguised as friendly rocks.
The farm is as far as I know the only eaterie in the uber lush Al Barari but the restaurant is not exclusively for residents (yet) so lunch with the family on Friday was a welcome break from GCSE revision, and for once not too far from us in the Arabian Ranches.
Do expect high quality, fresh ingredients well put together served in elegant, modern surroundings, my soup was hearty and wholesome and the kids meal of chicken tenders and chips was thankfully miles away from some frozen imitation, the sweet potato chips were good. Accompanying bread baskets were again fresh, herby and with the soup provided a filling meal. Alas the pasta portions were tiny, despite ordering extras of tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, anchovies and garlic (pic and mix pasta) with his spaghetti my husband could have eaten twice his portion with ease and in fact the meagreness of the pasta portions has come up with a few diners to date. The salads though were faultless, fresh ingredients, well put together, with lovely dressings, we had a Thai inspired prawn and vegetable salad as well as a red grapefruit and green leaves salad.
While the pasta portions may have been small, the pudding portions were sensible and in the case of our chocolate brownie slice, I would say huge ! Deliciously thick chocolate style brownie mousse enough for two or three people! (But maybe we got this as we complained about the pasta portion)
Try it for lunch while the weather still permits us to sit outside and tell me what you thought of it. How did you find the experience of ordering your meal via an IPad ! (the restaurant has 50 of them!) And lastly do like and share on Facebook if you liked this post, thanks Monica.
The Farm is the only restaurant at Al Barari so far, it serves a changing menu based on locally grown (often organic) ingredients. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7.30 am to 11pm daily. You will need to order via an I Pad.
It’s located just off the Emirates Road on the opposite side to Arabian Ranches, just follow the signs to Al Barari and then drive in for a couple of minutes till you see signs for the Farm, children seemed welcome, at least in the daytime. There is no alcohol licence as yet.
The number is 04 392 5660