On a recent visit to London, I went to a lunch meeting with my agent in sun drenched Notting Hill.
Summer was well and truly underway and everyone seemed to be in high spirits because of it. For those whom Farmacy is new to, I’ll let them explain themselves – themselves!
“Offering an array of delicious plant-based dishes inspired from around the globe, Farmacy supports both a vegan and vegetarian diet, free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals.”
So we were in a pretty good spot seeing as my agent is vegan!
The decor is beautiful – light and bright with plants all over. They were on the bar, hanging from the ceiling and lining the window ledges
White, green and rustic chic are possibly how best I could describe it – an oasis of calm amongst London’s usual hustle’n’bustle
We kicked things off with drinks, a freshly squeezed orange juice for him and a turmeric and ginger shot for me.
My hayfever went WILD in London and our waitress specially recommended the “Fire Starter” to help clear out my sinus’s. Not a clue if that would actually be accurate – but nonetheless it tasted great!
If I had someone around who would just put this in my hand to drink every morning I’d be all over it, but I imagine it takes quite a bit of effort to make and only yields a tiny amount so…let’s just agree that I won’t be making it for myself any time soon and move on shall we!?!
Straight to our mains – he had the famous Farmacy Burger “Millet, black bean & mushroom burger served with garlic aioli, goji ketchup, avocado, pickles, tomato and sweet potato fries served in a sourdough vegan bun”
I MEAN. How fantastic does that look? YUM, let us have another gander together shall we?
I’m not drooling – YOU ARE!
As for myself, I opted for the Chef’s Green Curry “Broccoli, sugar snap peas, aubergine, mangetout & Chinese cabbage cooked with chilli, coconut, lemongrass & spices, served with sprouted brown rice & coriander” although I must admit I asked for it without the aubergine and coriander, because bleughh (no offence to lovers of either!). The dish which arrived was almost too good to eat – almost!
It was beautiful, colourful, completely delicious and perfectly proportioned for me, definitely one to try if you enjoy curry with a bit of a kick!
We shared The Nice Cream Brownie Sundae for dessert, “Farmacy brownie served with vanilla nice cream, seasonal fruits (which for us was strawberries), raw cacao & housemade caramel”. Oh my DAYS people, this is not a drill – you need this in your life! It’s gluten free and vegan and I wouldn’t have known! The brownie was fudgey, the ice cream was creamy and the caramel tasted like more. A truly decadent dessert.
Price wise you must remember where you are, both location and niche of restaurant couple together to make a hefty price tag, unless you’re savvy with your choices.
Having said that, in my opinion it’s well worth a visit, especially if you know a vegan or are looking for a bit of insight into how good a plant based diet can be.
Find them at 74 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH. Book a table or keep those fingers crossed and risk it. I arrived at 1pm on a Monday and there were several tables available, so don’t write it off completely just because it’s lunchtime!