Going out for brunch on the weekends after a hectic week is such a treat for me and I love that there are so many new places in London now serving up such delicious but also very nutritious meals.
Farmacy is a new plant-based restaurant near Bayswater serving up exciting brunch staples but with an even more exciting nutritional twist! With a mission to provide healthy and indulgent (my favourite!) food that you know is doing you good Farmacy is the perfect brunch stop. The buckwheat pancakes were served with the most delicious vegan coconut “yoghurt”, a fresh chia berry jam and a selection of fresh fruits…yummy!! Next on the list was the Green Breakfast Bowl, a truly nourishing selection of avocado, broccoli and kale on a bed of quinoa topped with a perfectly poached egg! The selection of drinks to choose from is overwhelming; from cool cold pressed juices to a variety of smoothies and “farmaceutical” teas. There is a clear passion for fresh, seasonal, nourishing produce with an emphasis on minimal environmental impact. We were lucky to be invited back for a tasting dinner to experience the other half of the menu and wow…those chefs are geniuses. Serving up a selection of typically “unhealthy” meals from pizzas to nachos you almost feel guilty. But these meals have been so carefully thought out, in time with the seasons, keeping you guessing about how on earth these could be made nutritiously. For those not convinced by burgers there is also a mouth watering selection of green goodness bowls, packing a punch for flavour. And the puddings; think sundaes and lemon cheesecakes…but healthy!
Hidden on Portobello Road, Farm Girl is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Notting Hill…and it is just so groovy inside! The typically Australian cafe flows out into the courtyard with a selection of smaller and larger tables each laden with water jugs infused with fresh cucumber. One of the things that jumped out from the menu was the “Liquid Gold” tea; hot honey and lemon on steroids! It was incredible and with a massive kick from the ginger and lime juice, you’re set for the day. The menu is packed with nutritious dishes from granolas to pancakes and eggs on toast. The Acai bowl was topped with a selection of lightly browned coconut shavings, chia seeds, goji berries and fresh fruit and was so so scrummy and filling. The eggs on toast served with avocado and a sprinkling of sprouts were too tempting to miss and luckily for us they happily provide gluten free bread as well….yippee! Our only regret is that we didn’t stay for lunch as well, thank you Rose and Anthony and the Farm Girl team for a truly delicious brunch…we’ll be back!
Hidden away in Neal’s Yard, arguably the cutest spot in London, 26 grains is famous for it’s beautiful, delicious and nutritious bowls of heaven. They really have got something for everyone there, from hot bowls of creamy porridge to cold smoothie bowls and for those feeling the more savoury vibe…well savoury bowls. It makes the perfect brunch spot if you’re trying to make that difficult “sweet or savoury” choice…or go for both like we did! First was the delicious egg and kale bowl made with savoury oats, with a side of avocado (because no brunch is complete without avocado) and doused in Sriracha sauce. Next was the quinoa and cauliflower dish with a delicious beetroot hummus, this was such a lovely light bowl, perfect for the sunny weather! The one we all drooled over…the Indonesian chicken; with a mouth watering sticky sauce, served on a bed of short grain brown rice this bowl smelt, looked and tasted absolutely amazing!