Weekend brunch is one of our favourite London activities. We get a bit bored of poached eggs on toast all the time, so branching out is always a pleasure. Farmacy, based in London’s Notting Hill can be seen as the definition of ‘branching out’. On trend, Farmacy is one of now many London restaurants specialising in vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw foods. The core belief at the heart of Farmacy is ‘food is medicine’ (we say: food is life!) and so much of their food reflects this with nutritional ingredients picked purely for the health benefits.
On Westbourne Grove, Farmacy has got a lot of competitors within a stone’s throw of the restaurant including Granger & Co., Ottolenghi and Jusu Brothers, and so it was great to see this place was buzzing at around 11.30am on a Saturday.
When we walked in, we went straight to a table. The restaurant itself is beautifully laid out, with a huge bar area in the middle. The menu is certainly exciting, with lots of fresh and healthy produce, sourced from local UK organic farms.
We went for 2 of the Earth Bowls of which £1 is donated to charity. The Mexican Bowl consists of sprouted coriander rice, romaine, guacamole, frijoles, tomato ceviche, salsa and ‘sour cream’ topped with purple potato mash, corn chips and chipotle mayo; all vegan and gluten-free. One of the best things about this was the purple mash potato and of course, smashed guac.
We also got the ‘Green Eggs’ bowl which is gluten-free and includes quinoa served with lightly steamed seasonal greens, avocado & garlic aioli topped with a poached egg. The poached egg was perfection.
On the downside, for what you get the food is overpriced. Both Earth Bowls were delicious but at £14, this is certainly expensive as they weren’t huge. We didn’t dare get a cold pressed juice, most of which are priced at around the £7 mark. But, this is in the expensive part of Notting Hill so the pricing wasn’t extortionate for the area.
Overall, we love the concept of Farmacy and the food was creative and delicious. We’d definitely recommend this place for brunch, there is far more to the menu than just poached eggs on toast… but best to go just after payday.
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