2016 Mother’s Day Lunch At Open Farm Community!
I have waited 27 years to celebrate this day with my first grandchild! That’s not too bad considering I have friends who are still waiting… 😉
This year officially marks Valerie’s first Mother’s Day celebration (TJ was still in her womb last year) and we were looking forward to brunch at Open Farm Community where its casual environment is suitable even for families with very young children.
“Open Farm Community (OFC) is Spa Esprit Group’s initiative in spearheading local farming, connecting the community to nature, and celebrating local spirit. Sitting on a 35,000sq ft of green-land, OFC unites local farmers, creative chefs and an innovative spirit in a first-of-its-kind dining concept in Singapore.
Our vision is to bring to life, the impact of urban farming in Singapore, and in doing so, strengthen our understanding and respect for food and its origins. Our children, in particular, have been too segregated from nature. OFC is an ideological and physical reaction to this.” – from the website of OFC
Let’s get to the food! In order of appearance:
Valerie had Oxtail Strozzapreti not because the pasta looked like umbilical cord nor because she wanted to choke any priest but because that’s the only dairy-free option. By the way, the pasta has a very interesting origin to its name:
“There are several legends to explain the name: One is that gluttonous priests were so enthralled by the savory pasta that they ate too quickly and choked themselves, sometimes to death. Another explanation involves the “azdora” (“housewife” in the Romagna’s dialect), who “chokes” the dough strips to make the strozzapreti: “… in that particular moment you would presume that the azdora would express such a rage (perhaps triggered by the misery and difficulties of her life) to be able to strangle a priest!” Another legend goes that wives would customarily make the pasta for churchmen as partial payment for land rents (In Romagna, the Catholic Church had extensive land properties rented to farmers), and their husbands would be angered enough by the venal priests eating their wives’ food to wish the priests would choke as they stuffed their mouth with it. The name surely reflects the diffuse anticlericalism of the people of Romagna and Tuscany. Another possible explanation is that the pasta resembles a clerical collar, commonly referred to as a “Priest Choker”.” – Wikipedia
Taste is subjective and at every meal there will be some good and bad dishes. By bad, I mean dishes that do not match up to my (or my family’s) personal taste preferences but others may like them. We didn’t like the chicken katsu burger. And although I did luxuriate in the floral, earthy, and nutty flavour of the Spanish ham in the “Hail Caesar” salad, overall it was still so so experience only. While my children enjoyed the fresh clams starter, I find the sauce too sour and heavy for my liking (and I do love clams a lot)!
All of us enjoyed our main courses. According to my children, the pasta was cooked to perfection with every al dente strands coated nicely, and not drowning in its respective sauces. The oxtail, I stole a bite from Valerie, was scrumptiously tender. Despite the fact that while I was very pleased with my risotto (not a single grain of rice was spared), the big oomph for me was OFC’s lemon tart! I nearly freaked out on it! Maybe I should eat dessert for mains, haha… Happy Mother’s Day in advance my dear friends! 🙂
Open Farm Community
Address: 130E Minden Road,
Tel: +65 6471 0306.
Mon – Fri: 12pm – 10pm
Sat – Sun/PH: 11am – 10pm
Note: Brunch Menu is available from 11am – 4.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays ONLY.
Daily: 9am – 9pm
Happy eating and bonding! 🙂
See other Mother’s Day celebration I had:
NOT JAMES BOND BUT MATERNAL BOND!
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH @ NOSH RESTAURANT & BAR
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION @ IMPERIAL TREASURE SUPER PEKING DUCK