41 Reviews / 41 Ratings
Location wise its on OMR.
Present near AGS Cinemas mall.
The service and atmosphere has always been good and courteous,
Pros: pleasant service
The wood fired pizzas are great.
I was here for buffet and didnt like the chicken fry here
They have a small pool like place as well
A place to unwind and relax, decent food too!
Lovely afternoon, well spent (3.5 rating)
I went to The Farm with a group of about 15-20 people and our dogs (yes, it is pet friendly!). What a lovely experience! lush gardens, a lovely lake nearby, cool breeze under the trees, and to top it off, decent food too. The wood-fired oven promised good pizzas, so I'm going back for it next time. We had just a few snacks like garlic bread (okay, they really need to bake their own bread and not serve store-bought slices if they want to charge 125 bucks a plate), potato wedges (quite good!), aloo tikki (I demolished that one by myself). The best thing was actually the water, served cold with lemon and mint. Looking forward to my next afternoon here :)
PATHETIC , AWFUL PLACE TO VISIT
Is there no option to dislike or Zero Ratings ? This is one of the pathetic and awful places to eat out in chennai . Pathetic food , quality , taste . The ambience is nothing other than a hut kind of roof . A total Waste of time money . The food is very bad . Only Curd rice was better out of all . Kindly never even think of stepping here , you will feel for it as i did
THE FOOD IS NOT WORTH COMMENTING
As soon as we entered the place had no one to guide us.
The manager rudely showed us signs thinking that she guided us
And then when we sat down to eat, it was even more disastrous.
THE FOOD IS NOT WORTH COMMENTING ON
As if the terrible food was not enough , the manager had to throw her attitude trying to rush us out while we were still struggling to finish the piece of **** that they cooked
THE MOSQUITO MENACE
For the exorbitant prices charged the food was not up to the mark
The swimming pool was looking like a road side gutter, Badly maintained Badminton court without a net, missing balls in the pool table.
And of course no words to describe the mosquito menace
The service was also not to the standard.
On the whole the dinner was a total fiasco.
Stinking rooms with no water in the bathroom
Absolute Waste of money
They have strange Kitchen hours
poorly cooked, stale food and served late
Over priced food
They are stingy in even serving water
Very poorly maintained stinking rooms with no water in the bathrooms
The lady incharge has a bad attitude towards her customers
THIS IS HELL
1. Awful food and ambiance
2. the kitchen closes by 8:00 pm - are you guys running a play school or an old age home to put people to sleep by 8:00
3.the food sucks, overpriced & peanut quantities
4.The people are arrogant, rude - absolutely NO HOSPITALITY
5.there is no one to attend to your needs, the place is deserted
6.Just not the place for fun!
mood spoiler !!! dirtiest restaurent ;burrntt food
Hi, pls consider this review as valued, bec I hav visited most of the restaurents if not all. I am a foodie n like to explore restaurents. I had seen farm from 1 yr as it is on my way to office in siruseri.
Much to my awaited chace to smack my lips I had been there . malai chicken will be dry here.. naan s completly charcoal burnt. Chicken burnt to red hot (stage jus before it turns ash) I am falling short of words to explain this crapy place. Its TOOOO EXPENSIVE for the YUCCKKYY food they provide.
People who hav mentioned that ambience is good with diwans to rest n all, hello there I think tis is ya first hotel visit or your taste is very bad pls work on it..
I din get to see BURRP certificate here. I din know burrp was also some tom dick harry... so its time for me to stop looking in to burrp I think :P
not suitable for corporates
I wish the Farm's owners know what they could handle. They can handle hardly 3 families! It's not suited for corporate outing.
When we booked, we said we'll be 50 people and they readily said they can handle.
After the reviews from burrp, I thought it'd be good, but the ambience is worst. I was surprised to see the burrp certificate at the restaurant! Did burrp really valuate the restaurants or just give the certificates to promote itself?
The place had old cots, old bed spreads as the table covers, it's all spider web and dust everywhere, the steel tables are rusted, the plastic chairs are muddy - common, do anyone like to eat in this place?
They said we can play cricket and when we went there, they showed us the coconut farm - there is no pitch or any proper place! They said they have shuttle and volleyball but there is only one coat! They said there is swimming pool and they charged for adults and kids, but the swimming pool is hardly 4 ft height. It's a kid's pool basically!
Coming to the food. There was food only for 30 people. I am not exaggerating. I don't know how they prepared so less food, but charged for 50! Even the curd rice was just a bowl full which would fetch just 50 teaspoons! ok, leave the food, they didn't even have enough drinking water. We had to ask them again and again to refill the water can that they had in their restaurant. For the dessert they had just gulab jamon and ice cream. They restricted the scoops of ice cream too.
The toilet didnt have a latch.
There is absolutely no maintenance!
I was so embarrassed to have taken my team to a flop place like this who didnt even serve enough food! When we complained to the lady who got the payment, she just said that our guys are taking 3-4 scoops of ice creams! How snobbish was that comment? Wont someone want to taste the different flavors of ice creams they had. After all that was the only dessert they had.
If you are on a diet who can eat just one table spoon of biryani, 1 teaspoon of curd rice and sample of side dishes, 1/2 scoop of ice cream, you can enjoy the farm.
If they can provide only limited amount of food to the people, they should not have a buffet.
In front of us, she complained to another family who came there saying "Today there is a big group, so it wont be as peaceful as it wd be always'. Common lady, if you think the corporate team is disturbing your place, you should not have accepted our order in the first hand.
The lady seem to be educated, but only she doesn't understand how she should treat her clients and doesn't understand the word 'buffet'.
If you want to go as a group more than 5, better choose another place. Even if it's 2 people who go there, if you see there are already 3-4 families inside, choose another place.
You wont have food or water, but you end up paying anyways!
Worst food ever- consider Zero rating
I visited Farm on a Friday evening, expected much rush but found we were the only customers there. Ambiance of the restaurant was very good and the place is very well maintained.
There is nothing much in the menu; so we ordered some starters, two fried rice and a Side dish. Starters was a bit Ok, but over cooked. Rice was the worst food I ever had, it was noting near to any sort of Fried rice available, Chicken in chicken curry tasted like charcoal.
Its surely one of the worst restaurants in Chennai and will never recommend this even to my worst enemy :)
Eventhough the Farm is located a little inside and people travelling through public transport have to walk a little to the inside, the place is amazing. We went there for a team lunch on a Sunny May Afternoon and still the place was cool. There is thatched roof overhead and fans all over so that you wont feel the heat inside. So ambiance wise its awesome. There are small dhivans all over the place to rest. And there is a small pool which you can use free of cost !
Now coming to the food, the starters are amazing, especially the Paneer and Chicken ones. But the rice items seems to be a little less quantity wise. The place is a bit expensive and the NV Starters cost about Rs.200 to Rs.300 each. Biriyani is a big let down as it tastes no where like a biriyani but costs around Rs.200.
Excellent ambiance, Pool, Comfortable Seating, Friendly Staff, Tasty Starters, Heavenly Pizzas
Costly, Main Courses have very less quantity, Difficult to reach by bus (Should walk around 2-3 kms in)
what is this place???? can i give zero stars??
i had quite an experience when i decided to visit this place after having read all the reviews for this place. the reviews were definitely correct in two things that this place is quite a drive and away from the city. the shock came when we reached the place on a sat. evening at around 9pm. there was absolutely nobody in the restaurant/farm/ vast open ground or whatever it is that this place is. one or two lurking souls around were surprised by our visit and more surprised at our query on food. apparently there was no food there or that is what our impression was as they seemed very amazed and dazed to see us. we asked for the person incharge and we were made to walk some 5-10 minutes to some other place away from "the farm"where he was playing paint ball. ( actually i'd spoken to him for reserving a place for two as i'd thought after reading the reviews that its a v popular place n v mite not get a place on sat. evening). this person was least interested in taking us back to the "restaurant" ...after watching the paint ball game for sometime we decided to head back away from this strange,spooky, deserted place as we knew that we've been totally duped. as it was getting late and we were hungry we decided to stop at the first decent place for dinner. the place happened to be Asiana Hotel which is close by and we heaved a great sigh of relief after entering this Hotel which was atleast alive and buzzing and had some people in it and also food!!
Away from the city rush and down to earth
We decided to spend sometime at the Farm this new year and it was worth it. The ambience is good (I should say earthy). It was quite hot today but we did not feel the heat there. The food choice is limited but you get different food like, wood fired pizza (very good) and Roti, Naan and like. So you won't be disappointed. The food was served fast but were were one of the first few in that day. After food you can check out the farm animals and kids can enjoy a horse ride. It was good experience and my 4 year old son loved it. Best part is that there is are few cots under the tree (which are dirty) but a good place to relax after a good food. Away from the city rush and down to earth. Reserve your seats for the weekend.
The only place of its kind in and around chennai!!Definitely worth a try on a quite weekend if you want to spend time outside the bustling city...The place has a small swimming pool for children and a few cots to rest.The food now..the menu doesnt provide you with too many options.Quantity served is also not great and the prices are normal.But everything you try would give a different taste as the products are supposed to be fresh farm produce.Highlight of the place is the clay oven baked pizzas which they serve on a slice of wood..A MUST TRY!!You can even instruct what all to top it with.Main menu also lacks variety though m sure they'll come up with somthing.Service is slow due to lack of personnel.You can finish your meals with a few drinks which are fine..was surely a plesant experience!!!
AVOID IF YOU ARE A LARGE GROUP
We hosted our son's birthday party last sunday at this farm for a group of 30 people. I must say that I was very disappointed with almost everything related to the food and the service. I just don't think these guys are set-up to handle large groups. They may be OK for serving a limited number of walk-in guests on a ala-carte basis.
1) The way the items were set-up and served in the buffet: The small servings would get over in a few seconds after the plate arrives, and the next plate would come after about 10-15 minutes (am not exaggerating here). This is not acceptable when they know that they are serving a group of 30 people. A lot of the items just would not come - even simplae stuff like curd. Plus the set-up is not what you have in mind for a buffet - a few items set up on one side of the restaurant, Pizza in another corner, ice-cream on the other side. They really need to make things convenient for the guests - not expect them to work to their convenience. If the set-up was the way it was, I would have had a few staff specifically to serve the guests.
2) Pizza: Same problem as the starters - it took almost 10 minutes for each pizza to come out (sometimes more as the guy kept squeezing in the ala carte orders - clearly they were higher priority than us). I had to physcially serve the pizzas repeatedly to the group - one of the other guests to their place actually called me to give their pizza order thinking that I was the pizza guy at the Farm. Ironic that I had to serve and and also had to pay a 5% service fee. Again when they knew that there is a group of 30 they will be serving to, they need to be prepared for it and assign a few staff to take care of the group. Getting water filled in the jugs was another chore for the guests.
3) The guy who was supposed to help us was pathetic. They really need to hire someone who has handled parties/banquets before and assign a set of staff to take care of groups. We were the largest group for lunch at the Farm - but Shalini and Arul (the owners) were so busy at the restaurant serving all the walk-in (ala carte) guests, leaving us and our guests literally in the lurch. Kind of like - these guys are committed to us - so forget them and take care of the walk-ins. Everything from the tender coconut water serving was really slow (I understand a relaxed service, but the guy going inside to fetch a knife taking 15 minutes, or taking 15 minutes to bring a bowl of curd is not relaxed service). Again the guy would just stand there and wait for someone else to come before telling them to refill a dish, inspite of our guests repeatedly asking him for the item (e.g. garlic bread, starters, plates, spoons etc).
4) Ice-cream - Teeny weeny scoops served in roadside plastic cups. I actually heard Shalini (the owner) telling the guy not to use the good plastic cups as there were 25 of us. I didn't want to make a scene out there and hence put up with it. If they agree to serve ice-cream and fruit salad, they need to be prepared to serve it in a bowl for that purpose. Our guests were using their meal plates for the fruit salads and the roadside cups for the ice-creams. Really pathetic.
5) Package Pricing: Typically packages are meant to save money and offer value. In this place, we ended up paying 11,000 bucks for food that was worth half of that even according to their ala-carte pricing. I took a count of the food actually served to us - 8 pizzas, 6 plates of aloo tikki chaat, 5 plates of garlic bread, 5 plates of stuffed paneer, 2 bowls of curd, probably 10 ice-creams (ala-carte portions - i actually saw an ala-carte portion being served in the ice-cream bowl) and 1 plate of banana, grapes and apples in the name of fruit salad. The Rice and Daal were the only items in sufficient quantity. Agreed that we could have gone on eating forever and maybe our folks just didn't eat well enough - but I would attribute a lot of it to the way these guys had set it up - most of our folks stuffed themselves with rice, daal and the birthday cake we had brought from outside, since those were the only things really made available to them. If I had used their ala-carte pricing for the food served to us, the bill would have been Rs.5,250. The package was an absolute rip-off, really because of the way they had set it up. They were treating our orders like an ala-carte order - so I can't understand why they even offer a package in the first place. They are just not set-up for it. Again given that it was my son's birthday and I didn't want to have a fight with the owners in front of the guests and spoil the party and my mood, I restrained myself yesterday (unusual of me - but maybe because of the peaceful surroundings). I used to work for a credit card company which had a very attractive rewards program - 5 points for every $ spent, but we made it so difficult for members to redeem the reward points (30 minutes+ wait times on the phone, extensive blackout dates for all travel, no online redemption, no realtime catalog etc.) that actual redemptions were only about 20% of the points actually awarded. Yesterday's experience made me feel the same way.
In summary, they really need to get their act together or just not entertain party orders/large groups. Their Pizza is great (baked in a traditional wood fired bricken oven), curd was good and the other items were above average, but they need to create a set-up where guests can actually enjoy the food. If they don't want to go through with this effort, they should just stick to being a boutique serving walk-in guests on a ala-carte basis (again here, with the quality of their staff, taking and fulfilling orders for large groups would be nightmare for the guests - so maybe a boutique with limited seating)
The set-up is rustic and nice and the restaurant area is clean and well done. They have a good thing going - they just need to treat their customers a little better and do the right thing for them .
I ended being one of their customers who expected what you should typically get from a place such as this, especially when spending 400 bucks per person, but ended up very disappointed.
I actually sent this feedback in an email to them on Monday (the day after our experience). No response or even an acknowledgment from them - says a lot about how little they really care about their customers.
Lonely Place - Worst One for Team Lunch
After reading good reviews from Burrp, I decided to have a Team Lunch at The Farm. We are around 30 and reserved the previous day itself. But once we were at the venue, everybody was surprised to see the place - The real Farm appearance, very silent. Initially everybody was shocked, but later they liked the place. To be honest, I did not like the place and will not host this place for a team lunch. We were waiting for a long time at least more than 30 min,but still the food is not served. It seems there are seeing such a big crowd after a very long time. We ordered buffet lunch of Rs. 350, but the items were very less in number. The taste is good, but the service is really worst. The barer poured a soft drink on my shirt while serving. Finally everybody finished there lunch and by that time all were cursing [indirectly] me for selecting a very bad place.
Excellent Pizza, An experience
I had heard about The Farm through burrp. I found the idea cool of a farm fresh produce consuming restaurant. So 20 of us had planned an outing over here. Unfortunately we were a mixed bag so we wanted everything from paranthas to rice to pizza for our meals. The Pizza was mindblowingly good. The mint potatoes were excellent. apart from this the dessert was good. The rest of the dishes were pure rubbish. The dal was as watery as diarrhea!!! the paranthas were sweet (though we ordered gobi and panneer) along with chicken paranthas. However for the pizza alone and the experience of making your own pizza I would go to this place again. Tha a-la-carte menu is however not VFM
Food -Pizza 5/5 rest 1/5
Authentic & refreshingly different
This is my second trip to the Farm. The place has definitely changed since I came here last year. For starters, the place has become more crowded and the hip crowd has taken notice. This is not the simple old place I remember.
But the food tastes the same. Kudos to Arul to maintain the same old good quality even when the place started to fill up.
They have stopped the buffet and the a la carte menu was a bit expensive.
There was a lot of variety and we liked the tandoori items (Tal Chicken, Achari chicken and panneer). As usual the pizzas were great; is it because of the clay ovens and wood fires??).
My kid had a really good time. I am not satisfied with the pricing of the desserts (Rs.100 for a cup of yogurt, pancake, etc is a little high). But this is a place where we can just be ourselves. I will definitely visit again. This time we spent a lot of time walking around the farm. Next time I will plan even better and bring my swim gear (nice, compact, clean swimming pool, btw).
Ambiance (Farm style): 8/10
I would advice this place to all people who have eaten at many of the regular hotels and are looking for a change.
Above average but not great !
After reading the reviews on Chennai Burp, I decided to pay a visit to The Farm to check the place out. We traveled there in the evening and had a little trouble locating the place as the board is not clearly visible during the night. Once we entered the farm, as expected we had a different experience than most other eateries. The owner introduced himself to us, told us the history behind the farm and the menu in there. Though the menu sounded good, we were a little disappointed with the lack of choices. However, after tasting the Chicken Tikka we felt The Farm makes up for the lack of choices with good tasting food. Like most new visitors we were tempted to taste the Beer Can Chicken. Being a typical southie who likes a bit of spice in the food, we were a bit disappointed with the lack of spice in the tender cooked chicken. The chicken covering was also a bit too hard and tasteless for our liking. The prawn too lacked spice and was not too tasty. Maybe they should have asked us if we would like the food a bit spicy.
The stuffed parathas on the other hand were awesome and among the best we have ever tasted in Chennai. The curd was thick and delicious and didnt disappoint. The Lassi was a disappointment especially after we tasted the thick fresh curd. It was too watery and we expected a lot more.
Overall I would give the farm a rating of 3.5/5 and would recommend the place to others.
So-So Food in a Hyped up Ambience
The Farm was supposed to be about the dining experience but didn't live up to the hype. The food was strictly average and the whole place has a downmarket feel to it. The food is not organic or locally sourced. The only item of the menu that comes from the Farm is the curd made from the milk of buffaloes that they raise. There are no areas in which to play. There is a paintball range nearby which requires an extra fee. Overall... an experience not worth the money. Go only with small children who can be amused playing gully cricket or bathing in an overgrown bathtub for hours.
AVOID LIKE PLAGUE
This one is the worst that have ever been in my life. Food is tasteless. They don't have any idea how to barbeque meshrooms! All that you get is fishy smelling uncooked mushrooms, brinjal barbequed! and raw paneer. Chicken is no half grilled and never tasted pork chops. the only good stuff to eat is parantha and curds. Obiviously, you cant pay 500/- per person just to eat parathas. So called rice was thick and cold with tasteless dal. Jeera rice hardly had any jeera.
Never imagined that a really small sized tender coconut will cost 20/-!!! and watery sweet lassi with coriander costs 40/-. Hated the food like anything.
So called swimming pool is just a plastic bath tub! and you can walk in this. WAnted t o alert all you people going to the farm as its just a waste of money.Avoid at all costs.
This is place is not much about food, but the experience of having food, and is refreshingly different.
Live barbecue counters, making your own Pizza, beer can chicken, having a relaxed dinner from 7 PM till late night... really cool.
The owner Mr. Arul has plans for expansion and inclusion of many activities. I wish this would be done without killing the experience.
I initially thought that the reviews about the farm made paneer and curd are just a hype, but it turned out to be true.
I made a mistake by going to "The Farm" ... after 7 PM. I am looking forward for a day visit for a complete experience, which I had missed.
Among the Best!
There is one thing about visiting a place that has got too many good reviews. The expectations are sky high and these places often turn out to be a let down - but NOT this one!
I second each and every good review and opinion The Farm might have got until now. We reached pretty early around 10:30 and lazed around for a while. Some tender coconut, break fast of eggs, toast, pan cakes, followed by games and play. This place has got ample space.
The pool (true; it is a large bath tub) - is large enough for a huge group to play in. We spent quite some time.
The crowd was good too - quite a few expats and celebrities were spotted. My favorite was the Pizza - freshly baked brick oven Pizzas with our choice of toppings. We devoured them - I bet you wont find tomato sauce of that quality else where.
The grills were ok; but some people in the group thought that some of the fish was under cooked and too smoky. But that was a very small let down.
All in all, I think (and everyone in my group would second) this is a great place to spend a day. It is a killer deal at that Price - Rs. 500 per head.
Wishing Arul and his friends best of luck.
This place is more than a restaurant. It's more of a place to spend a lazy afternoon.
Ideally, go as a group of at least 5 or 6, and if kids are included, try and ensure at least 2 of them so that they can be entertained by themselves.
Ambience - Very good. It's done on a limited budget but done well. tables are well spaced out, you can lie on the charpoys and do your own thing. Kids can play outside. You can set your own pace, even take a break from your meal and play a game of badminton or something else.
Food - Very good.
Service - Very good
First this review is a bit late as i was plain lazy in writing it,but had to write it after reading the "bathtub" review.
I think we all should also understand here the each ones experience/review depends on how his mind frame was the day you visit thee place or how one's day begins.
I am not from chennai but keep visiting here,I had heard from a friend about this place.Getting there was very easy.We were greeted by Dipesh and Arul with the most "chilled" coconut water and seated in a open place decorated with bright cushions and charpoeys.
We were then taken around the place by Arul though it was not required at all ,but the extra effort counts. The tikkas and kababs were yummy and kept coming ,we had to literally get up to refuse more helpings.Then came "beer chicken" yummy yummy is the word .The paranthas of different kinds were a delight even for a Northie like me.
The crowning was the paneer and the curd ,never had such curd ever before.I come from the region which is famous for milk in north but never had such curd and paneer don't know about chennaites. Baking your pizza and eating it too is another thing you wont get anywhere.Besides you must see how the ovens are made and function, I mean the design.
As for the ambiance if one is going there with something like Taj /Oberoi Farm -AC and the works in mind then re frame your mind .This is The Farm as in Indian ,Lively place ,Trees and greenery around which is in short supply now a days.So if you looking for a concrete AC farm with plastic or implanted shrubs with waiter holding a mineral water bottle like it was 1760 wine then don't go here you will be disappointed.
If you are looking for excellent Food in green place with "wow curd" and owners who end up being friends this is the place.
Next time i coming with my kids Arul ....
A farm fest, feast.
The crowd at at the Farm last Saturday, comprised of youngsters , quite a few expats and a few not so young guests such as your truly. A young couple lounged on a bed near our table, tending to their toddlers. The beds didn't seem out of place and nobody seemed to mind least of all the year or so old babies whose disposition was as genial as that of the other patrons.
The Farm has no pretensions of being a place for fine dining. It is a place where you are encouraged to relax and enjoy your meal. Arul (whom I have known for quite some time) and Dipesh make you feel at home with a casual wave while they are otherwise making pork chops, pizzas , sampling their wares or chatting up their clients.
Overall a nice place which gives you great value for money.
"De-Farmed ( read as deformed)"
Its my hobby to visit Hotels / Restaurants/ Eateries /others of the kind to "Taste" them for their Concept,Ambience, Food and Hospitality. I happened to be to "The Farm" for one such excercise. Here is my rating:
Concept: The concept did not tickle my senses.I sniffed around for newness and didnt find any.To me it lacked depth.I found the swimming pool ( magnified Bath tub) to be the only saving grace.
Ambience: It didnt delight me a bit!!
Food: Call it "feast" or disguise it by any other name, once you consume it, you wouldnt be able to " stomach" it . The disguise slips!!! Stuffed parathas look "plain". Chicken Gravy was a perpetual work-in-progress.Imagine me being told by Arul that Chicken Gravy is part of the spread and me being shown the cooking in progress ( as a part of his restaurant tour). 2 +hours later( when the restaurant shuts down post lunch), the chicken (gravy) seemed to have given everyone the slip!!!! Potato, Arul did you say that? come on ,give me a break!!!
Curd out of Buffalo milk , Big Deal (chennaites, is this anything new) !!! Arul, Again did you say, it would be solid that you would have to " chisel" it with a knife and fork . Am no one to be carried away by gimmicks!!! I wouldnt get into detailing the spread of buffet for it doesnt deserve any mention.
Hospitality : Lets get back to school.
it was utterly-bitterly disappointing!!!
Its a bird, its a plane, its ... Super Man
Been to 5 star eateries, speciality restaurants, delicatessens, roadside khalsa dhabas, exclusive clubs, playhouses, nightclubs, messes, regular joints and then some. There really is nothing that compares with The Farm. What makes The Farm so very different?
- the concept: laze around in the pool, on beds, playing a game of paint ball, riding a horse or just doing nothing for as long as you like
- the cost: eat all you can for just 500 bucks!
- the ambiance: rustic, charming in the great outdoors
- the food: finely honed recipes served hot off frontier grills or the from mud baked ovens. These add a taste all of its own.
- the range: a truely wide choice of dishes Indian, Western, Eastern and more. Still wondering if missed a few last night.
- the inclusiveness: make your own recipe if the feeling gets to you
- the hosts: Arul and Dipesh great friends to everyone of their guests. Way to go guys!
This list is not in order of greatness, in fact all things above are equally excellent.
What a place in the outskirts of Chennai. All the good things that you have heard about this place are true. All i shall say is, go there early and leave if you can!! :) Arul and Dipesh are wonderful hosts and ensure that you have fond memories lingering on for a long time....gottta go back soon! ;)
Not "the Farm"... It's "the Heaven"
Really one can feel the real enjoyment... No time stipulation... Good Food.. reasonable price... Un imaginable ambience ... No one can imagine such a beautiful place is there in the city... We can enjoy the drive on OMR. Then you can enjoy the food.. place... pool... farm..... every thing. ( No liquor is an added advantage for family gatherings) Therefore I am calling this place as Heaven.
The Farm....a class apart !!!
I really don't know how to start off this review....there are so many good things to write about The Farm that I'm falling short of words but nevertheless I'll give it a try.
I first visited The Farm somewhere in June '09 when I was invited by a friend to enjoy what they call 'The Feast' on weekends. That's the first time I met Arul & Dipesh. The experience was beyond imagination. From the very moment you reach the venue, you feel you are in heaven. The welcome drink (chilled coconut water) followed by a tour of The Farm, a walk on the railings which have been built over the roof of the restaurant, the open space, the obstacle game, the pool and above all, the company of Arul and Dipesh are a few things that really make this place so special (I've not even come to the food part). Arul and Dipesh play a perfect host. At the end of the feast, you feel that you've made two more friends. The kind of attention to detail, the passion of the whole concept is something that I would recommend all to experience.
Now let's come to the food part......the highlight of The Farm is that most of the stuff is sourced from The Farm itself which in itself is very pure and fresh i.e the paneer/curd is made from fresh milk . For all the city dwellers, I'm sure many of us have forgotten how fresh dairy products taste :-) Now lets move on to the starters
It's a WOW !!!
For non vegetarians, the highlight is the beer chicken. It's a delicious and lip smacking dish which I've had for the first time. Along with that you've a great variety of kebabs. For vegetarians, the grilled vegetables was yummy. The paneer tikka is a must have because of the purety of the paneer. This is just the beginning of The Feast !!!
Let's more on to the next course.....the pizzeria !!! Over here, you can actually choose your toppings and bake ur own pizza. It's a great experience of shaping the dough to a neat round figure (it's not that easy), applying the toppings and see your pizza getting baked in a wood lit oven.
If you still have space in your tummy....then let's move on to the next course....the main course where you are served with tandoori Indian breads (naans, parathas, roti's) along with a nice variety of curry based chicken and vegetables.
Now.....again, if you still have an appetite left, then lets move on to the desert.....it was a yummy chocolate cake which leaves you licking ur lips. After this, I must admit I had to stop eating cause that's where I said 'I surrender'.......!!!
The entire experience lasted for around 4 hours (from 6 pm to 10 pm) and it's worth an experience.
To sum it up, I would say, it's a great place to::
- take your family (all age groups)
- enjoy nature
- give it at least 3~4 hrs to do justice to what The Farm has to offer
- skip a few meals before you go there :-)))
times of delicacy
It all started off with a very rainy night when a friend and I wanted to try out something out of the box.. so we see the reviews on this place and find out its even pretty close to where i stay. so we venture out on a long drive on the OMR (new roads-Awesome) We call Mr. Arul Futnani - The farmer! he leads us to this place some 50m before the ASIANA hospital. right from the time we got down from the car, till the time we got back on it..the experience was jus amazing.. its a shame that we could not make it before 5 because we would have enjoyed it much much better looking arounf the place. THE FARM as the name suggests is an actual farm.. The food part of the deal can be obtained anywhere but its the experience that matters. A very good part of this restaurant is that everything( well almost everything) is made from the products available in the actual farm..so for all those NRIs, US returns, weak stomached people and the heath conscious ones its an absolute gala land. they serve a variety of starters both in vegetarian and in non-veg, grilled n not grilled. few were really good..especially the mushrooms n the fish were just lip smacking. another starter named the 'Beer Chicken' needs a special credit. the starters themselves fill up about 1/3 of the meal. for the remaining 2/3 it just gets even better. they have a separate pizzeria where they let you make yr own pizza with our own toppings, n not just choosing them..they actually make you do it!. so if u goof u basically have to eat it.. although mine was cold when i had it..i bet it would have been better if it were hot! the next part of the meal includes the usual paranthas, naan and the other Indian bread n some lovely Indian style curry made from veggies available in the farm. Even the panneer in panneer butter n the curd..was made from pure buffalo milk. n it tastes excellent too..n they have some basic desserts in the end too..so its like a whole package and just for very affordable prices. a dinner for two came up to about Rs.1000 inclusive of the taxes. so the food on the whole is just amazing n the ambiance is just brilliant for a date. although finding a table for two is difficult. the place is just ideal for families, the children just play around n the elder ones can have a great time! on a hot afternoon there are like chances of you playing Table tennis and Badminton in this place. so it is a complete package all together. Alcohol is not a part of the the experience in the farm although a couple of beers served before the meal wold have been nice! the highlight of the place is the their PR manager Sheeba! shes very furry very active and visits table after table just to get some attention and make sure that the guest have an amazing time! dont worry though she is very very safe and children like to be with her.. Infact, in the absence of Mr. Arul.. its sheeba who takes you around THE FARM. there is ample parking space on the road and the farm is open right from 4 in the PM to about 9.30-10.00 in the PM! its a must go for a lotta people who just wanna set out for a nice weekend or a a fun night.. The farm is also a BednBreakfast!
The Perfect Weekend Outing!
Truly a destination restaurant!
And I must thank fellow 'burrpers' for their reviews, cos after I read them I couldn't wait to get there. And inspite of extremely high expectations-- nothing disappointed!! Infact I've gained a couple of brownie points for recommending the place to celebrate a birthday!
As suggested in a previous review, we reached by around 5:30 pm, had plenty of time fool around in the pool, which was really cool and surrounded by trees and nature in general. This definately worked up our appetite.
And, of course, no review of the farm is complete without a mention of Arul. Who is seriously a very likeable person, and the best part of it all is the passion that he had for the farm. It's contagious!!
The food was brillliant and knowing that it's all fresh off the dairy/ poultry from the farm itself, and made entirely on wood fires definately adds to the honest to goodness appeal of the place.
Since it was pouring (during dinner) the evening we were there we didn't get to go on strolls in order to 'pace' our meal as Arul suggested, we did eat a lot!!!
The beer chick was a great show stealer..I prefer it without the skin as I found the masala too spicy, the fish was fresh and tasty. All the meats were absolutely brillliant and grilled to perfection.
we had fun making our own pizza's with a great tomato concasse (whic is again 'simmered' on a woodfire) :)
I honestly didn't get past the pizza's, but did attempt to have the Dahi in order to add some relief and cool down my over burdened stomach.. but this happened to be some really awesome fresh buffalo milk curd!! I've never seen curd like that..thick, creamy and smooth.
And the icing on the cake... the folks at the farm suprised us with the 'special chocolate cake' for the birthday we were celebrating. Absolutely brilliant. And I'm gonna keep going back for more.... and definately going to spread the word!
Beautiful n calm place to spend the whole evening
We went in a little late which we realized was a huge mistake after landing there. The place was not very difficult to find. Just 50m before the Asiana Hotel take a left and again a left. The entrance is not so big, so you might be fooled that it is a small place at a glance from the outside. Step in, to feel a totally different ambience and atmosphere. The owner Arul and Dipesh took us around the restaurant and gave us their concept of running the place. We started with the juicy kebabs and grills of which the fish was the tastiest. The beer marinated chicken was quite different and a new concept which I haven't heard of. They have a make-your-own-pizza counter where you can choose everything that goes on the base. Then they have a paratha counter and a veg grill counter. By the time we had one serving from every counter we were full. Then we were told by Arul, that we should have a light lunch when coming there so that you can indulge as much as you can. We went out and were relaxing on the beds when the dessert was being served. The sinful chocolate cake is so tempting, that you would want to attempt that sin again and again.
Overall a must-try-place if you already haven't. Will write a more detailed review when I go next time a bit earlier. Arul said that we could land there at 5ish and take a dip in the pool, followed by a tour of their farm, dairy, poultry, etc.
A slice of heaven on earth
I've been to the Farm even before its existence as a restaurant happened!! Being good friends with Arul and Dipesh has some advantages after all!! The Farm something of a perfect Saturday / Sunday getaway. It starts by calling Arul for reservations which he most willingly arranges with his Santa Claus Ho-Ho-Ho style cheery voice that makes you instantly comfortable unlike other places which greet you with managers having a monosyllable vocabulary!! Once this is done, get into you car and drive that peaceful long drive on the OMR right up to the Farm!! Arul insists on 'rear entry' to the farm!! It's been a running gag between us that's been there ever since we knew him!! Don't worry, it simply means you need to use the brilliantly painted entrance on the rear road!!
You are greeted in person by Arul, whom you will notice is still with the Santa C voice and cheery demeanor!! Once inside, you notice the luxurious beds, cushions and feel free to plonk yourself on the nearest one!! Starters is accompanied by chilled tender coconut water that starts the appetite grumbling for more!! Arul & Dipesh attend to every guest personally and make sure they are their most comfortable. That's when you notice the vast expanse of the farm itself!! If you would like a tour, just ask for it, they are more than glad to do so!!
Once the snacking and touring is done, your appetite is sure to have whetted up a storm!! Walk in to the netted dining area where the delicious smells of the tandoor and the oven make you even more hungrier!! Now you were wishing you never had that heavy breakfast before you left home!! The guys then serve you select luscious portions of chicken, mutton, beef, pork and lamb!! Every portion is large and for a person with a good appetite, simply divine!!! Vegetarians, don't fret, the farm serves up a storm on the veggie front too!! Panneer, Aloo, Capsicums, Bell Peppers in fact any vegetable you would like to be grilled!! Refills just keep coming to your plate the microsecond you finish whatever you had just consumed!! Saying no to such yummy food is impossible and the fellas there don't stop serving unless they are sure you have a full tummy or you force yourself out of the chair and run to the wash area!!
Coming to the food, specialties include the uber soft parathas, tender tandoor chicken and mutton and their latest addition, beer chicken!! Basically a whole chicken, marinated with masala, and upturned on the grill with a beer can (with beer obviously!!) filling up it's bottom!! This is slow roasted over the grill when the beer infuses itself with the chicken and makes a yummy treat!! Sheekh kababs, tangri kababs, reshmi kababs, whatever you can think of, however fast you can think of, are served on the plate in excess!!
After all this petting and spoilt treatment, whenever you stomach decides to call it quits, make yourself slowly, very slowly to those inviting lounge beds and chairs and take a breather!! Coz coming up next is THE MOST sinful chocolate cake you would have ever tasted in your existence on this planet!! Arul insists it is fat free, but with so much chocolate, you hardly are listening to him whilst gorging on double sized servings!!
The couches invite you all over again and you can rest for however long you like while Arul returns to Santa mode and continues his chit chat!! When you finally feel your body can move with all the food bonanza that's just been devoured, you leave with fresh thoughts how you can trick family weekends into spending every weekend here!!
The Farm is truly a slice of heaven on earth with friendly management, utterly lip smacking food, and the right price!! A place which redefines and determinedly proves, Food is the elixir of life!! Go on, indulge, I promise you would never regret it!!
Home food at a home away from home
The first time I happened to visit The Farm, the occasion was 'my boss showing off his restaurant dreams to his team'. Though I had heard of the mouth watering food, comfortable ambience and charming host before; I got to experience it first hand one sunny afternoon.
We were greeted with chilled coconut water - the perfect drink for a hot Chennai summer afternoon and were led into a 'greenhouse-looking' structure with ample fresh air but yet keeping the flies and mossies away.
Our simple menu consisted of Aloo Parathas, Chicken Parathas and Pizza. In spite of being a hardcore non vegetarian, the aloo parathas were hot, soft and just the right spiciness and I ended up eating 4! Trying our hand at making our own pizzas was an experience I will never forget. Arul, the owner - a self made chef whose passion is contagious - told us the secret to a good pizza is to not overload it with too many flavours and to keep it simple instead. While tasting the chicken parathas (by the way this place is not at all stingy when it comes to the non veg bits), the aroma of our pizzas wafted from the brick made, wood filled pizza oven. Any pizza outlet in Chennai will be put to shame by the pizzas at The Farm. The sauce that they use as the base was tangy, spicy and brought out the flavours of my simple chicken and pepper toppings perfectly.
The meal ended with a generous helping of the most delicious chocolate cake ever. Though Arul says that this cake (without the cream topping) is practically fat-free, this is one dessert that even a weight conscious person could not resist. The teasing orange flavour adds a twist to the already exquisite chocolate cake.
We relaxed on the beds that are so conveniently provided with a cup of "chai" before we went back to continue the drudgery of afternoon work!
On my next visit I discovered that the mutton curry made of mutton that is marinated 24 hours ahead is another delicious item from a long list of mouth watering specialities. In spite of its location (OMR), this is one place that is worth the drive. Set among mango trees, a lake, picnic spots and acres of greenery, the bed and breakfast facility promises to be homely for someone looking for comfort as priority.
I have recommended THE FARM to many food lovers I have met since then and many have come back thanking me for the introduction to simple, tasty, home-made food at a very reasonable cost. So for all your guys reading this post, go see for yourself what the hype is all about. You won't regret it!
P.S. - If you do get into Arul's good books, you should request him to serve you his special dessert - Hot Chapatti, ghee and shakkar. It's my personal favourite!
you'll never want to leave!!
First, let me start by saying that visiting The Farm is not like going to a restaurant; its like going to a friend's (a very close friend) place for the weekend and staying for dinner....the experience begins even before u set foot on the property...when u call for reservations u get through to Arul, the owner. Right away he makes u feel welcome by his cheerful voice and offers you a tour of his farm along with ur reservations which makes u really look forward to ur evening (of course u cant refuse!). We went with our baby son and were sure that he would have a great time on his first visit to a real farm.
Once there (the way is pretty simple and quite a nice drive on OMR) u enter to find an open air area with bamboo clusters and BEDS laid out !!! wonder why?? you'll find out... the mattresses are comfy cotton and thick, with nice inviting fluffy pillows and bright linen.there are tables made of chopped off tree trunks with napkins and mosquito repellent sprays on thm (is there anything these guys don't think of for ur comfort??) a water cooler nearby too....u sit there wondering what its all about and the guide will come to take u on a tour...u see the huge farmhouse on foot...a lovely little lake, a dairy farm, the owner's house and groves of coconut trees...all heart-warming. All this while Arul will keep coming up to you and chatting about his farm, his dreams for the farm, taking ur feedback, explaining anything u want to know :-)
now coming to the food...when u get back from the tour, u are served chilled coconut water which tastes like manna from heaven! then u can relax on the beds laid out while u wait for the dinner service to begin...they start around 7.30 pm and the dining area is like a Texan, rodeo style country eatery.....brightly lit, a wood shed, with grills off to one side and succulent meats and veggies (all from the farm) sizzling on them. they do not use ANY LPG at all...its all done on wood fire! u cn pick up ur plates for the starters which cater equally well for veggies as well as non veggies...the meats just melt in ur mouth and have that subtle aroma of hvng been cooked on wood and stone...the flavors just explode in your mouth one by one....they have a pizza counter with a real wood burning oven behind and guess what? u get to try ur hand at pizza making too! the staff rolls out the doungh...thn u can spread the sauce...choose ur toppings and arrange thm and after the pizza is almost done, it is once again presented to u for insppection and a final sprinkling of cheese which melts into a golden pleasure! its just too much fun!!
the meal is essentially buffet style, but once u have laden ur plates with food at the first go, u can relax at ur table while the staff keep circling wth more food and they coax u to eat as if u were a guest at their own home...with a lot of affection and genuine happiness at watching u eat and enjoy ur food. U won't find fancy cutlery, china or dinner ware and names for dishes that u can't even pronounce....its pure food...each flavor discernable, un-bombarded by millions of fancy ingredients, food that will remind u of the countryside and simple uncluttered living... Arul is never out of ur sight and keeps spreading more cheer around! once u have stuffed urself wth all the fresh, juicy meat and veggies, all u want to do is just lie down...and THAT'S where those beds outside come into play! unlike other eateries where once u have finished eating , they can't wait for u to pay the bill and get out, here u are told to just go to the lounge area and relax for as long as u want...and that not all...there's dessert!!
once u take off ur shoes and settle on the comfy beds, one of their staff will serve u the richest most sinful chocolate cake u have even tasted.....so just let is melt in ur mouth and please all ur senses and after ur through, just lay back, looking at the stars till u recover enough from this mind blowing experience to drive back home :-)
On a side note....please do not feel put off by the areas still under construction as the farm is still being improved upon to come up with more areas for u to enjoy...Arul will tell u all about what they plan to do with it...it has been an unforgettable visit for us and we are sure to return for more...so guys this weekend just bundle up and head for the farm because this place DESERVES to be bustling with guests! Arul and each and everyone else behind this venture...please keep up the good work and no matter how much u improve the farm, please never change ur hospitable ways so that foodies can find out what true hospitality feels like ! :-)