A stylish healthy-eating joint with plenty of ‘free-from’ options.
If Jay Gatsby had fled West Egg for the beaches of Bali, his new home would probably look a lot like west London’s latest health food spot. Farmacy (as in health from the farm, geddit?) is free from most things – dairy, refined sugars, meat, additives and chemical nasties – though happily, not taste. In fact, it’s packed with all kinds of taste, from the food coming out of the kitchen to the ultra-sleek décor. Despite being a vegan-friendly restaurant there is a reassuring lack of hemp, and pretty bamboo is tempered with beautiful brushed gold. It’s smart, to be sure, but the atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are really friendly and, more importantly, not at all stuck-up.
Farmacy boasts ‘clean indulgence’, which means that the menu has lots of naughty-sounding but actually super-healthy things to choose from. The mushroom tagliatelle, made with spelt flour, had a good bite to it and the truffle sauce was rich and earthy without being sickly. Their eponymous burger had a nice, nutty texture and was loaded with avocado pickle, so despite being vegan it was bicep-curlingly meaty. And chips on the side were delicious proof that you don’t need animal fat to fry a potato.
A good vegan dessert is harder to come by than the 347 bus, and the brownie sundae here doesn’t cut it either. Instead, order the brilliantly zingy lemon cheesecake; light and creamy but with the kind of biscuit base Gregg Wallace would appreciate.
All-in-all, it’s a crowd-pleasingly delicious spot – go with a group and make sure to invite that one picky friend who’s currently cutting something out of their diet. Leave the over-indulgence to Gatsby’s gang.
74 Westbourne Grove
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: £90.|
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I absolutely love the Farmacy! The decor, ambience, staff, & of course the food, are all impeccable. I’ve just visited this restaurant three times in three days - that’s how much I love it! It’s most definitely my favourite restaurant in London, & one of the few restaurants that easily caters for my dietary restrictions. I can eat here safe in the knowledge that I’m not eating anything I shouldn’t, & every dish is just so delicious. The service is always efficient & I’ve never had to wait long for my food to arrive. Also, the staff are obviously chosen very well. They are classy, professional, efficient, & most of all friendly & I’m always greeted with a smile. I simply cannot fault this restaurant. Well done to all involved!
Really good food and atmosphere! Would be nice if you could book a table though as it was so busy when we went (you can only book if there are 8 or more of you). We waited for 45 minutes but it was worth it
If there was a place that could convert me to veganism, this would be it. Farmacy is a very cool spot for guilt-free indulgence (seriously, you'll go nuts) and they've done well to create a menu that transforms well-known, meaty dishes into plant-based masterpieces that taste exceptional - like the black bean and mushroom burger. They also do some fab cocktails and smoothies, but get your hands on one of their "syringe shots" - a healthy concoction of vitamin-y goodness that'll knock out a virus cold. For extra pharmaceutical fun, it comes in a syringe. As for value for money, you're not really gonna get cheap eats here - but it's not gonna break the bank either. It's definitely worth rounding up a few pals to make an evening of it, especially if you're new to vegan eating. You'll be impressed.
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