FarmAppetit – Restaurant-Quality Dishes at Wallet-Friendly Prices
Everybody loves secrets, especially hidden food gems. Well, pssst, we are letting you in on a secret find today! Nestled in Pandan Gardens is a Western-French-Italian fusion restaurant named FarmAppetit, which serves classy restaurant-quality fare at affordable prices. Rumour has it that the chef is from a six star hotel! Wow! Are you ready to find out more?
For appetisers, we had the Tomato and Burrata salad ($12) and House Smoked Salmon ($14). The tomato and burrata salad was such a refreshing combination! The burrata was soft, creamy, and light, the pesto covered heirloom tomatoes bright and fresh, and the toasted sourdough crispy. This dish would have easily cost double its price in any other restaurant! I was definitely delighted to be getting a taste of luxury at this price tag.
You can’t go wrong with smoked salmon and crispy rosti! Also, did you notice how beautifully this was plated? I really enjoyed the sauce gribiche which lent a tangy touch to the solid outfit. Don’t be surprised if you find everyone snatching over the last piece!
Next, we had the pasta dishes. Comprising handmade angel hair pasta, and handmade chicken meatballs, the Pesto Pasta ($15) was tossed in a herby pesto sauce, topped with a handful of arugula and a generous sprinkling of shaved parmesan.
The Soft Shell Crab and Squid Ink Pasta ($20) was not just pleasing to the eyes, but it’s a palate pleaser as well. The tomato-based sauce had the right amount of acidity and was loaded with crushed cherry tomatoes. The battered soft-shell crab was crisp on the outside, and soft and juicy on the inside. I didn’t want to share, and could have polished off the entire plate by myself, but unfortunately, I had to share this plate of goodness with my pals!
Next, we had the Brick Chicken sharing platter ($20). Before the dish even arrived, we caught a whiff of aromatic herbs. We thoroughly enjoyed the huge chicken drumsticks which were succulent and juicy. Oh, and those roasted potatoes were just so yummy! This sharing platter is great for 2-3 pax.
Are you excited about the main courses? Because, you should be! Before we even cut into the Crispy Confit Duck Leg ($19), we could tell that the skin was going to be super crispy. True enough, the thin skin was extremely crisp! Beneath the satisfyingly crisp skin lied tender duck meat. Make sure you crack open the confit egg and dip the meat into the golden molten egg yolk!
The Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek ($19) is one of the more filling mains on the menu. Resting on a bed of mashed potato, the tender and rich cut of beef would dazzle meat lovers. You have got to admit that the price point is more than reasonable!
We had the Pan Roasted Angus Ribeye ($25) next. Each slice of medium rare beef was placed on a base of creamy mushroom barley rice. FarmAppetit paired the premium cut with a tasty veal jus which accentuated the natural flavours of the ribeye. Get this delicious cut at just a cut of the price that other restaurants are charging!
You wouldn’t have guessed from the look of it but the Pan Fried Sea Bass ($18) carries Asian flavours. So, expect a brilliantly-executed sea bass with an Asian twist. It definitely was different from the usual sea bass dishes we are used to, but we loved it!
The Steak and Fries ($23) was a winner! The lean beef which was lightly dusted with salt was so flavourful. Dip the beef into the accompanying béarnaise, chimichurri, or mustard to spice things up a little! This was one of our favourite dishes and we highly recommend it.
Finally, we reached my favourite part of every meal — dessert! We tried the Lemon Popsicle ($12). Before the popsicle is served, the jacket of Italian meringue is torched. I didn’t think that the popsicle was going to be very sour, especially when it’s encased in slightly sweet meringue, but I was wrong. The intense sourness hit me instantly and I was taken aback by how sour it was! But, I would be lying if I said I didn’t like it. To counter the sourness, dip the popsicle into the kumquat compote, brown butter and almond crumble, and fresh berry coulis. If you’re a huge fan of lemon meringue, or sour desserts, you’ll adore this to bits.
Just looking at the images of the dishes may lead one to think that FarmAppetit is a high class restaurant. In actual fact, FarmAppetit is a casual eatery that is dedicated to sending out delicious fare that won’t break the bank. They are making restaurant-quality food more affordable, and accessible! Pop by before this hidden spot gets too crowded and popular!
Address: 200 Pandan Gardens, #01-12/13, Singapore 609336
Phone: 9430 5692
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
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