Whether you are a nature lover or simply want an excuse to escape into the countryside, Kranji offers dining experiences like no other.
Whoever said Singapore is a concrete jungle obviously hasn’t stepped into the Kranji countryside. Though the space is small compared to the sprawling outback of most other countries, this cluster in the northwest has blended agriculture, history and nature into a unique tourist attraction.
With at least 40 farms dotting the area, not only can the public plan for farm stays, but also frequent eateries offering genuine farm-to-table experiences.
Ensconced in the Kranji Countryside, Poison Ivy bistro was opened in 2005 by the owners of vegetable farm Bollywood Veggies – intrepid farmtrepreneurs Ivy Singh-Lim and her husband, Lim Ho Seng.
With much of its produce being supplied by the farm itself, Poison Ivy’s cuisine elevates farm-to-table to a whole new level. Expect to find local dishes like The Nasi Lemak Platter with the nasicoloured blue naturally by the organic blue pea flowers grown in their gardens; homemade laksa, fresh bread with herbs from the garden and farm-fresh brew like fresh fig tea.Seasonal specials include locally farmed barramundi and for the sweet-toothed: handmade fragrant banana bread and sumptuous kueh bingka and kueh kosui.
100 Neo Tiew Road
Tel: 6898 5001
Wed – Fri: 8am–4.30pm
Weekends & PH: 8am–5.30pm
*Closed on Mon & Tues
Bistro by GA
Also nestled in the heart of the Kranji countryside is Bistro by GA. With many of its ingredients sourced from local farms — indicated on the menu by the Farm-fresh icon — Bistro by GA brings diners closer to nature with an authentic farm-to-fork experience.
Its wide-ranging menu features bistro favourites like pan-seared salmon fillet and pan-roasted lamb, as well as hawker fare with a modern twist like the delicious-sounding Mee Goreng Pasta and Chargrilled Rib-Eye Hor Fun. Definitely a must-visit for those who wish to have their taste buds tantalized in a bucolic setting!
#01-10C/10D D’Kranji Farm Resort
10 Neo Tiew Lane 2
Tel: 6898 9111
Wed – Thurs: 10.30am –5.30pm
Fri – Sat: 10.30am –10.30pm
PH & Sun: 10am – 5.30pm
PH on Fri & Sat: 10am –1030pm
*Closed on Mon & Tues
Cheval Cafe Bar & Bistro
Situated at the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, Cheval (French for “horse”) Cafe Bar & Bistro serves delectable bistro fare like Dijon roasted leg of lamb, fish and chips, and grilled boneless Cajun chicken, as well as bar food like The Cheval Platter (stacked with fried calamari, wedges, chicken wings, chicken sausage).
For weekend brunch, dine on The Jockey Club — traditional ham, cheese and tomato sandwich with wedges or salad; or The Great Stallion — scrambled egg, crispy bacon, toast, wedges and salad — while you take in views of the lush landscape and watch horses canter past.
Music lovers will want to drop by on a Friday night where a live band belts out oldies and current Top 40s between 9pm to 11pm. For those who would like to chill out with a cocktail or glass of wine, Happy Hour is between 12pm until 9pm.
Free parking is available right beside the restaurant.
1 Equestrian Walk
Tel: 6269 0918
Sun – Thu: 10am – 12am
Fri & Sat: 10am – 2am
Starting as an orchid exporter before branching into vegetable farming and F&B, Orchidville’s Chinese restaurant – Forrest – is situated right next to its greenhouses. The vegetables harvested from them such as nai bai, chye sim, kale and mizuna, invariably find their way into the salads and stir fries in the restaurant’s kitchen.
Besides these, Forrest serves up a plethora of seafood and meat dishes. Some, like the Salted Egg Crab and the impressive-sounding Volcano Rock Charcoal Baked Kampong Chicken, need to be ordered in advance.
82 Sungei Tengah Rd
Tel: 6552 7003
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm – 9.30pm
*Closed on Mondays