Few months back I came across a write up in Qatar Survival Guide (check here) about this fabulous place. I bookmarked it at that time. It took us a while to visit ( we wanted Little M to have a bit of fun), and finally on last weekend we visited this place for breakfast with friends.
The restaurant is very colorful and traditionally decorated. We had a quick tour inside the restaurant.
They have a mart inside the restaurant, where can find wide range of packed/canned food were Compotes(apricot, red cherries), Jams(eggplant, orange, apple, cherry, quince, lemon, fig), stuffed vegetables (eggplants, olives with capers, Black olive salqini, green olives), Concentrated syrups ( Pomegranate, Tamarind, Rose, Apricot, Blackberry), Pickles( wild cucumber, cabbage, yellow pepper, mixed), spices & legumes. These are imported from Syria under the brand Al Sham.
You could buy the fresh dairy and meat products which are produced from the farm itself. They also have sweets and pickles.
As we were hungry we settled soon. Though small the breakfast menu made us a bit overwhelming.
We chose fried Eggs and Halloumi al saj and different manaqeech – meat , muhamara, cheese. Fried halloumi and meat manaqeech finished in no time and we placed order for a 2nd round.
After finishing our breakfast we got to know that they also have a breakfast tray. That tray reminded me of a “Bohri Thaal“. To be honest we felt a bit disappointed that we were not told about it. Probably during next visit we will try that because that would be the best way to sample all flavors at once.
After our breakfast we took a club car & checked out their livestock facility. Let me be honest though the farm is neat but as it is a farm you cannot avoid that smell.
After spending some time there we took a club car. The driver took us all around the farm. There was a separate area where you could see guinea fowl/ hen, goose, pony and horse. They also allow pony rides(according to gayathri). As it was getting hot we couldn’t spend much time in the farm.
We saw a mosque and play area for kids. You wont regret if you buy some dairy products and canned goodies from the mart. Those are really fresh!!
As the weather is getting hotter now, it will be better if you go very early. First visit the farm and then have breakfast. Else you may keep eating and will not be able to enjoy farm visit as it will be very sunny. Another plan would be to visit the place in the evening. Once the weather gets better, you could visit anytime. We are definitely going back, once the climate gets better.
We are happy that we found a new place to visit on weekends. It was an amazing experience. Same did little M felt. She looked so curious and was excited to see the farm animals. Just one thing made me a bit uncomfortable. There wasn’t a diaper changing table inside washroom. You may have to use the bench in front of the hand wash area or just go to your vehicle.
Google map did help us to reach the place. But as there was some maintenance happening at the Exit 44 it was closed on Friday morning. Just in case if you see it closed don’t panic. Drive straight and take exit 46 , go inside and take right from roundabout and drive back in parallel to the highway till you reach a roundabout (This is near Exit 44). Baladna farm is located in Umm Al Hawaya and sign boards will help you. Hardly 500 meters from the Exit 44 you could see the board of the farm. Take right and you could enter the farm from gate 2. They have a bit parking space very near to the gate the restaurant is very next to it.
Sunday to Thursday – 8 am to 8 pm
Friday & Saturday – 8 am – 10 pm
Payment : cash/card (Oh yes! They accept cards)