This post is by guest blogger Karishma.
So here is a review for you all on the lovely Farmacy in Westbourne Grove. I had been walking past this place en route to Planet Organic on so many occasions just to stick my head over the window ledge that even I was driving myself a bit mad in anticipation.
I have been a few times now and happily feel like I and my friends have enjoyed everything on the menu.
The restaurant supports a plant-based vegan diet: free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals, and showcases dishes from around the world in a beautiful way.
The restaurant is nicely decorated with a feel of lightness, air and greenery. The staff are extremely friendly and were more than accommodating at answering all my questions – Is this grain free? Could you do this without the rice? What is that delicious sundae made of?
Drinks-wise, the first time I went, my friend and I tried the O.M.G. SHOT which was nicely styled into an actual syringe and a shot glass. My friend also tried the Lemon-Aid (or three glasses to be exact as it was one of those rare boiling days in London) and the Wake-Up Call which is an intensely creamy delicious alternative to coffee made up of the healthful reishi, chaga, ashwagandha, ho shu wu, maca, cinnamon, vanilla brown rice protein and almonds.
We ate the nachos (best re-fried beans I have eaten in a while), Asian salad and Indian bowl with a side of their digestion-boosting homemade sauerkraut.
We both agreed that everything was really well presented and totally yummy. You get the feeling that fresh, interesting ingredients have been used and they create dishes that you would not make at home thus making the visit even more worthwhile and fun. The balance of ingredients is also really nice to see with things being used that you can see have a real health value (such as seaweed, miso and radishes). Oh and the vegan Nice Cream Brownie Sundae was just so yummy!
The second time I visited with a friend who I believe to be one of the most knowledgeable and picky eaters who lives in New York so has the benefit of such eating in such places on a monthly basis and thus is not easily impressed. However, she totally loved it. This time around we returned to some of my now-established favourites but also tried the Clean Curry and Middle East Super Bowl. Again the waitress was super lovely and did not mind me asking for a variation to the ingredients of the clean curry. My only qualm I guess would be from a personal perspective (having IBS) that it would be great to see a few more grain-free options i.e. not even using quinoa or buckwheat which both seem to irritate my tummy. Also sadly they had run out of a few of the desserts but that just means I will need to return which I definitely will.
Farmacy is also open quite late which makes this venue easy all day round, and it has nice booths for big groups. It is a great addition to the London scene and will soon have deliveries on Deliveroo and Quiqup, making nutritionally-balanced eating easy and fun! Farmacy is one I would not hesitate to recommend to anybody and also offers vegan pizza, pasta, sandwiches and burgers for those who like heavier food!
Thanks for reading,
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