In the midst of Notting Hill London, lies a very beautiful restaurant called Farmacy. ‘Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Farmacy enables clean indulgence, inspired by dishes from around the globe and supports both a vegan and vegetarian diet, free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals.’
The story of this jackpot find started with 2 very hungry ladies (yes, I was one!) roaming around Portobello Market, trying to find some vegan and healthy food! After countless hot dog, meat burger and kebab stalls the only thing on offer were 2 to 3 small falafel balls in a salad wrap. Fair enough, I love falafels, I’m just a bit overly bored of them. I wanted something different in flavour, something vibrant and of which I cannot find any-where else! Was I being a bit snobby maybe?
London is becoming vegan heaven! So many new restaurants, cafe’s and events are all going veggie, its incredible! We have been to 6 different markets in London and they all have various vegan options, so it was a disappointment on Portobello Road’s behalf in that aspect. Lots of fruit though! We were on the edge of being hangry and so I decided to ask a clerk at an organic health focused cosmetics shop if he could recommend anywhere with plant based options. Unfortunately, he was not much help. However, to our luck one lady over-heard and long story short she told us about Farmacy.
And whilst we walked 15 minutes out to Notting Hill, along the way we peaked into two different vegetarian cafe’s with lots of vegan options! Just saying…. 🙂
Now, Farmacy! The outside building is grand and very big so its hard to miss. Its glass doors lead you into a gorgeous open seating area full of greenery, plants and modern finishing. The large bar in the middle of the scene creates more vibrancy through out the restaurant and serves a wide variety of organic beverages and even a bio-dynamic or sulphur free option of alcoholic drinks too! The place was not so busy when we arrived but by the time we left it was heaving. Mum joked about being the oldest one there and although she doesn’t look it, she was probably right. There were lots of families, lunch break catch-ups, fellow food bloggers, couples and post gym goers. So very open to all kinds! From our arrival we were never short of thirst, as our water was constantly topped with fresh cucumber infused tap water… brilliant!
So it began when we were handed our menus and straight away one of their ‘Farmaceutical Teas’ caught my eye. The flavour of Beetroot and Cinnamon was that something new and interesting, I had to try it! And the added health bonus of it being a booster for the lymphatic system by being a blood cleanser made me feel like my money really was being invested into my health! Their whole menu reelects the teachings and message of food being the best medicine for us, which makes me so happy !
Next, we debated about choosing their main lunch of Farmacy Burger and a Macro Bowl or choosing a lighter yet filling brunch option of buckwheat berry pancakes and Rawnola with tiger-nut “milk”.
In the end, I believe we went for the best of both choices. Their Vegan Farmacy Burger which was made from millet, black bean & mushroom was served with garlic aioli, goji very ketchup, avocado, pickles, tomato & large fresh potato wedges served in a wholemeal vegan bun (where there was also a gluten free option too!). And their Macro Bowl which consisted of quinoa, avocado, seaweed, sprouts, sauerkraut, steamed seasonal greens & sweet potato mash with a separate miso ginger dressing.
My tea arrived first and we began examining it. The taste was certainly different. Very earthy, yet the spice of cinnamon turned it around. Mum loved it, yet I was a little unsure. Then, not long after, our food arrived. The macro bowl was beautifully presented in a ceramic bowl in different parts (a bit like a Buddha bowl) and the burger looked mighty good next to a criss-cross tower of large potato wedges. We did the old half-half with each other, picking around at all the different flavours.
I will start with the macro bowl! Everything tasted so fresh and the variety of textures within the bowl was lovely. The miso ginger dressing, however, was the BOMB (or the BEST, in a not so overly excited way!). We did both agree, that if we did not order the burger, and just brought the macro bowl on its own, it would not be super filling but a lighter meal. So defiently worth having if you are planning on having a larger dinner, going to the gym or don’t feel like something too heavy for lunch.
Now for the burger…
And lets begin with saying it was absolutely divine! I was so surprised by the creamy vegan aioli which was generously poured over a subtly flavoured burger. And what really made my taste buds dance was the accompany goji berry ketchup. So delicately rich in this one certain flavour, naturally sweet and vibrant in its colour! You must try it. The chips were perfectly cooked and not overly greasy. It was defiantly a winner. There was so much layered within it and each component really complimented each other.
Overall, both meals together filled us up perfectly and we felt very well nourished.
We wished we could have stayed for dessert but we wanted to catch an exhibition before it closed. And after looking at the dessert menu I was pretty gutted we didn’t stay, but it also gives me an excuse to go back! They had such goodies like a vegan “Nice Cream Brownie Sundae” which is one of their housmade brownies served with vanilla “ice cream”, seasonal fruits, raw cacao & maca caramel. How good does that sound? Or a “Lemon Cheesecake Bowl served with lemon sorbet, raspberry mousse & maple meringues. Plus, so much more.
Overall, it was a brilliant stay and a gorgeous meal. I would defiantly recommend going. For London and for the vast plant based goodness that are within their meals, the prices are very reasonable!
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