Farmacy: The Vegan Restaurant Paving The Plant-Based Way

By Lottie Hulme |
2nd April 2019

Vegans, listen up, because you’d be a buffoon not to tick this restaurant off your list. Quite literally a sanctuary for catering to all your plant based needs, Farmacy is the brainchild of Camilla Fayed opening in 2016 on Westbourne Grove between Notting Hill and Bayswater.

The menu and concept was undeniably ahead of its game when it came about a few years ago, with a smorgasbord of seasonal, nutritional and sustainable flavours on offer. Fast forward a few years and there’s no doubting the restaurants consistent popularity, with diners filling tables that sit wrapped around the centrepiece bar.

The restaurant really plays into the 21st century trope of experimental flavours and vegan food advancement, championing alternative and lesser-known flavours including CBD cocktails and an adaptogenic latte made with reishi, chaga, ho shu wu, maca, vanilla protein powder and coconut milk. Suffice to say, the cuisine on offer goes hand-in-hand with Farmacy’s mantra, first uttered by Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” The mission is quite simple; food will promote, and draw attention to, a healthy lifestyle in order to contribute an awareness to saving the planet by implementing a plant- based, organic eating and chemical-free ethos. A handful of reviewers have jumped on the negativity bandwagon, labelling the concept as overtly hippie and pretentious but the restaurants social media channels and booked up reservation lists would prove otherwise and, if anything, those who are a sucker for something calorific and post night-out are also totally into this concept, vegan or not.

Interiors replicate the theme of the restaurant. Healthy juices line shelves and millennial-style plants are wrapping themselves around the perimeter. Quite frankly, I was filled with excitement all day to sample the Farmacy menu. My starter, which was the Farmacy salad, offered up mixed green leaves, avocado, goji berries and activated seeds served with za’tar crackers and a beetroot dressing. The beetroot flavour really came through and seeds and goji berries really enhanced the flavour of the course but I found it to be very mixed green leaves heavy. After finishing off the other ingredients I was left with a wholly beetroot-y salad that was quite lacking in flavour and hard to tackle as a result.

For my main I opted for the pad Thai which really was delicious and oozed luscious flavours as a result of the ingredients of rice noodles, tofu, chilli, fresh lime and toasted cashews. The tofu, which can often be tasteless when not cooked right, was delicious and poured with flavour in the dish – I’d recommend this. Another real point scorer for me was the mac ‘n’ cheese, perhaps more fondly recognised as a British comfort food, with rice pasta in a truffled ‘cheese’ sauce topped with sage crumble.

My first thoughts on this would that it’d be hard to retain the same moreish flavour often associated with the dish, but they sure do deliver the goods. The dish was far from tasteless, another slice of proof that sacrificing a meat or dairy menu doesn’t mean a sacrifice of flavour. Other highlights include healthy earth bowls including the kimchi bowl with soba noodles, spicy kimchi, sautéed chard stems, raw kolhrabi, raw brine carrots, marinated mushrooms, radish sprouts and tamarind vinaigrette, and delicious sides of potato chips and aioli and a seasonal flatbread basket.

One of Farmacy’s main selling points are the syringe shots, a concept that plays cleverly into the Farmacy name. Essentially just a health kick in a syringe form, the shots include highlights of O.M.G with wildcrafted CBD, flaxseed oil and grapefruit, and Antidote with activated charcoal and raw coconut water. Again, these highlight the insanely raw and sustainable flavours that Farmacy holds at its helm, making it a real must-try. I really enjoyed the organic wine on offer and the zingy taste of the CBD cocktail.

Feed your vegan fantasies at 74-76 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5SH, www.farmacylondon.com

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