It’s a love story. A loving relationship with the beautiful lush nature. The love for a more organic lifestyle. The love of mother nature and being so connected to it. This love story is about A Little Farm on the Hill, a 6-acre passion project turned enchanting dining experience by couple Pete and Lisa.
Once upon a time, Pete and Lisa lived very different lives. Pete was a filmmaker and musician, while Lisa was an architect both living the urban lives many of us live today. With very little knowledge of farming, they took a leap of faith to take over a farm in Janda Baik a number of years ago.
Organic farming was learned from scratch, but after much trial and error, a lot of Google-ing, dedication, passion and creative engineering, Pete and Lisa have transformed this aged farm into a sizable organic farm. And today, because of their true appreciation for mother nature and the knowledge of where our food comes from, Pete and Lisa shares this love with visitors to their farm. Best of all, this piece of tranquility is less than 1 hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur.
There are so many ways to experience this place. From the monthly Farmer’s Lunch (a true feast!) to workshops to events… there is something for everyone here. Whatever your reason is for coming, it’s a true respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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A Dining Feast at A Little Farm on the Hill
The lush green hills of Bukit Tinggi and the organic farm growing the freshest of produce set the backdrop. Today we are here for the monthly Farmer’s Luncheon, which is a farm-to-table experience and we are in for a true feast! Its idyllic surrounding makes A Little Farm on the Hill an enchanting venue for our weekend getaway and luncheon.
The drive from Kuala Lumpur goes by so quickly – from the city landscape, swiftly it changes to the lush greenery of Janda Baik. And within 45 minutes we arrive to A Little Farm on the Hill.
As soon as we arrive, we are warmly welcomed by both Lisa and Pete, who serve us a refreshing Lemongrass Cooler….what a perfect way to start our luncheon. While we arrive slightly early (I mean you can never predict traffic), we take the chance to explore their farm.
It’s an intimate farm. But don’t let that fool you, because Pete and Lisa grow a plethora of organic fruits and vegetables. From eggplant to cucumber to pumpkin to guava to passion fruit to heirloom tomatoes (shall I go on?)…it is amazing to see such a variety of produce growing so beautifully on the farm. Being in the hills of Janda Baik has given this couple an advantage, because it has allowed them to grow a variety of produce due to the ideal climate.
Not long past 12:30pm, all 45 guests gather in the farmhouse to mingle and enjoy the view. A small whiff from the kitchen hints that lunch is about to be served…and ohhh does it smell amazing. Guests begin to take their seats, and the kitchen windows open wide presenting an abundance of dishes. One by one, each table are served a family buffet of food.
On the menu for this luncheon…
- Dips includes a house-made olive tapenade, and a yoghurt with cucumber, mint and rose petals
- 6-hour oak smoked beef short ribs, that is served with a delicious spicy tomato salsa
- Roasted organic chicken cooked delicately with giant dates, green olives and capers
- A range of salads including the oh-so-delicious heirloom tomato with goat cheese and basil, along with a twelve leaf and herb salad with green beans, and also a cucumber and watermelon salad dressed with mint leaves and a hint of ginger
- To pair it all together is a deliciously baked aubergine dressed with red pepper caponata
- And there’s a lemon butter basmati rice to help soak all this deliciousness
For the dessert finale…a WHOLE tres leches cake that has been generously soaked with three types of milks including condensed milk.
Every item on the table tells a story…and when asked, hosts Pete and Lisa can share with you exactly where every ingredient came from. For instance, the tomatoes are loving grown in their shed using a technique that Pete and Lisa have worked hard to perfect. The heirloom tomatoes that are on our plate are so deliciously sweet, that it doesn’t need too many ingredients to make the dish taste oh so delectable.
Come with family and friends, or bring along your plus one… the Farmer’s Lunch is a family style of dining…a farm-to-table experience, so no one is left alone. Everything is for sharing – with generous portions of food made with the freshest of ingredients. In fact, 95% of the fruits and vegetables served all came from this farm.
A Little Farm on the Hill is a true respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, and who would have thought that this idyllic venue is less than an hour’s drive away.
The Farmer’s Lunch (starting from RM280 / U$70 / A$89 per person) is hosted on the first Sunday of every month, and is open to up to 45 guests. The venue is family-friendly, so for kids that are 12 and under, it is about 60% of the adult price. And it is free of charge for babies and toddlers.
Luncheons, workshops, events all have to be pre-booked in advanced. And let it be known that due to limited number of guests, dates do book out quickly. So, if you’re considering to join one of their monthly Farmer’s Lunches or workshops, visit their website to book your next visit.
And if organic produce is your cup of tea, it is possible to purchase the fresh produce from A Little Farm on the Hill from JustLife in Kuala Lumpur…and hint hint, every Monday is the freshest, because it is when A Little Farm on the Hill make their weekly drop off.
Getting to A Little Farm on the Hill
It’s about 45 minutes to 1 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur up to A Little Farm on the Hill in the Bukit Tinggi area. To get here, you’ll need to organise a car. You could organise a car with driver if that tickles your fancy…but I can suggest something more cost efficient and flexible – check out GoCar
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