It’s a shame The Farm is so out-of-the-way for many – or perhaps not, because if the lush jungle surrounds of Al Barari were easier to get to, it might be impossible to bag a table.
Its setting is its biggest draw. Big floor-to-ceiling glass windows look out onto pretty gardens and greenery, while inside, it’s all pale cottage woods, whites and creams with stacks of magazines for perusing.
The new menu has a large Thai section – dishes, such as tom yum soup, chicken satay, spicy green papaya salad and red curry – a good kids’ selection and international mains including everything from Moroccan lamb cutlets and fish fillets to a fancy-sounding trio of duck and saffron shrimp curry. Some simple dishes are also given a regional twist, such as camel meatballs over tagliatelle. The salad selection is unfortunately mediocre – the most interesting, made with quinoa and camargue red rice, is generous in portion, but disappointing in delivery, with too much dressing and wilting spinach. The organic udon noodles, on the other hand, are a good light option: a hearty bowl of subtle broth, nutty enoki mushrooms and greens.
The food isn’t completely consistent, but on the whole, it’s pretty good, plus the menu is a definite crowd-pleaser and the idyllic setting unbeatable.
The bottom line
A lush, tranquil setting with decent food for lazy lunching.