Farmacy is the most talked about vegan restaurant at present unfortunately not for the best reasons. Marina O’Loughlin (Food Critic for the Guardian) rated the value for money as 1/10 and categorised the food as ‘bulls***’ slating the diners as ‘creatures of luminous beauty’ and ‘the disciples of clean eating’. So I decided to check it out myself!
Saturday 19th November 2016 I thought what better way to spend a crisp winter afternoon catching up with a friend whilst playing devil’s advocate all at the same time. So here we were in the heart of London’s Notting Hill bracing ourselves, as we were not sure of what to expect. On arrival the queue was out the door, filled with a diversity of people with accents ranging from American to Iranian all eager to taste the vegan delicacies.After a five-minute wait we were finally greeted with eye contact from a member of staff stating the wait for a table for two would be 30 minutes. Fortunately our wait wasn’t more than ten minutes, as I had explained to the members of staff that I was a blogger and I had called yesterday and had spoken to the manager in regards to having a table for two for 2pm (even though they do not take bookings and/or reservations).
The cleanliness of the restaurant struck me; decorated from top to bottom in white and green ‘Farmacy’ exuberated freshness and life; it was buzzing with people from a high calibre coming from their yoga workout for brunch. As soon as we were seated our glasses were topped up with cucumber water and our waitress took our order. I ordered the sweet potato falafel, ‘Farmacy’ burger, O.M.G syringe shot and a high on C cold pressed juice.
Sweet Potato Falafel – £7
These are a mix of 4 sweet potato and quinoa patties topped with mixed sprouts. I personally wouldn’t have classified them as ‘falafel’ as they didn’t posses any of the traditional ingredients. The flavours were subtle and went with the natural theme of restaurant.