A Tranquil Afternoon at GardenAsia

It’s not everyday that you get a break from the fast-paced life in Singapore.

In the past seven years, I’ve been to nature parks, beaches, ethnic neighborhoods, Pulau Ubin and what-nots in Singapore—some of which does a decent job preserving its authenticity, but even at its best, you can tell that they have absorbed “the modern Singapore spirit” too.

I finally found an urban escape at the far northern end of Singapore two months ago: after my morning adventure at Sungei Buloh, I briefly dropped by GardenAsia.

GardenAsia is essentially a farmstay-bistro hybrid. While we didn’t have the opportunity to do the farmstay, we did explore a little bit and sat down for a quick lunch bite.

GardenAsia, Kranji Countryside, Singapore

GardenAsia, Kranji Countryside, Singapore

The bistro takes pride in serving dishes made from garden-fresh ingredients. While I love the overall concept and presentation of the food, I have to say that for the price they’re charging, it tastes quite underwhelming.

What does justify the price tag, though, is the overall ambiance. The bistro is surrounded by a waterfront garden which projects a very calming effect. In just a couple of minutes, you feel like you’re already outside Singapore, far from your stressful 9-to-5 routines.

GardenAsia, Kranji Countryside, Singapore

GardenAsia, Kranji Countryside, Singapore

Finished with the lunch, we strolled around to soak in the overall tranquility of the place.

GardenAsia, Kranji Countryside, Singapore

GardenAsia, Kranji Countryside, Singapore

GardenAsia, Kranji Countryside, Singapore

GardenAsia, Kranji Countryside, Singapore

In just 2-3 hours, GardenAsia left a pretty good impression. Made me wonder how it would be like to do the farmstay. Looks like I may need to plan a staycation in near future. 🙂

Which part of Singapore’s Kranji countryside is your favorite?

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