I actually had an eye on dining at Refarm Restaurant when I visited the nature resort last year, on Deepavali. As I already had lunch in Kampar Old Town, I told myself that I must make a return trip, this time just for the food. Lo and behold, pejam kelip, pejam kelip (in the blink of an eye), eight months have passed before a lunch at Refarm Restaurant could be scheduled.
Refarm Restaurant is situated within Refarm, a 26-acre recreational farm located about 4km from Kampar town, along the road that leads to Temoh town. Refarm is an eco farm that produces organic fertiliser from animal wastes. On the other hand, low quality vegetables and fruits are used as animal feed. This concept of recycling ensures no thoughtless wastage.
Refarm Restaurant adopts the farm-to-table dining concept, which means that poultry and fish are reared within Refarm “farm” and supplied to Refarm Restaurant, upon order from diners. Can your chicken and fish get any fresher than this? Freshness aside, the controlled environment of Refarm ensures that the livestock used as food is raised solely on high quality feed.
So, what was served for our wholesome meal? Chef’s signature items, of course, and obviously, dishes that portray the farm-to-table concept.
Salted Kampung Chicken
The chicken pictured here is half portion and it was just right for four pax. This free-range chicken is naturally lean due to sufficient exercise, however, it is not bony and the flesh is tender. The meat was salty, noticeably by its method of preparation. Accompanied by blended ginger on the side, the level of saltiness tasted just right.
Steamed Tilapia with Batong Sauce
As mentioned above, the fish here is very fresh, as it goes from farm to table. The best way to prepare such fresh fish is by steaming. Here, the homemade savoury Batong sauce is used – it’s slightly sweet and sourish, with a touch of Peranakan. The sauce, though generous, is not overpowering and diners can still taste the fresh fish meat.
Special Homemade Bean Curd
I opine that this bean curd cannot be found anywhere else. The bean curd is yellowish and unlike the common white version that we know, probably due to the eggs used. The soft tofu is wrapped in crusty skin. It is topped with preserved radish and minced chicken; garnished with chopped spring onions.
Garlic Fried Sweet Potato Leaves
This presentation is quite unique to me. I’ve eaten sweet potato in many different styles but this is my first time eating its leaves. Looking at the dish, I expected the stalks to be rather hard but was surprised that they are not! In fact, the leaves tasted sweet as well as juicy!
Oh yes, to wash down my meal, I had sugar cane. This is natural, non-commercialised juice, freshly squeezed, bottled and refrigerated. It is sweet, without added sugar, and refreshing. One bottle is not enough!
So, this was my lunch. Refarm Restaurant has an extensive Chinese cuisine menu, and its highlights, apart from the above chef’s recommendations, include its vegetarian and seafood sub-menus. Do take note that Refarm Restaurant is pork-free, which means it is Muslim friendly.
Besides walk-in customers for lunch and dinner, Refarm Restaurant is also able to prepare breakfast for overnight guests at Refarm chalets, which can accommodate up to 90 pax simultaneously.
Who would benefit most from a visit or stay at Refarm? Study groups who wish to obtain hands-on experience in rubber tapping or honey extraction, fellowship groups, and groups of family or friends who would like to have a relaxing time by going back to nature.
Do read about my personal view from my visit to Refarm Kampar last year. Since then, new attractions have been added.
Refarm Restaurant @ Refarm Kampar
Add: Lot 6059, Jalan Temoh Kampar, 35350 Temoh, Perak.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
GPS Coordinates: N 04° 16.284′ E101° 10.265′
Mondays to Saturdays: 11am – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm
Sundays: 11am – 10pm
Closed on Tuesdays except school and public holidays
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