When R and I set off to Chelsea a few weeks ago we had no intention to visit the blogger hotspot that is Farm Girl, Chelsea. However, that is where we ended up.
Originally we’d set off with a voucher in-hand for a nearby pancake place, only to be told that the voucher was only valid after 5 pm. Darn small print ( that I’d thought I’d read properly). Being stubborn, we decided to leave. On the way to a new location we walked past Farm Girl though. Before I knew it we were sitting down inside ordering their berry pancakes and an Acai Bowl.
I’m calling this a ‘mini review’ because I like to always try to order at-least two ‘courses’ to be able to give a full review but honestly Farm Girl is a little bit above my everyday budget and I’d only been planning to pay under £10 for the other location ( with the voucher of course).
In terms of ambience:
When arriving the first things I noticed was how busy it was inside – I mean, duh! It probably always is but especially on a sunny day like when we arrived. luckily we were able to grab the table by the window though. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of natural lighting due to the awning outside, so sorry for the not brilliant phone pics!
The decoration is simple but with a quirky twist. The far end of the cafe features lots of lovely natural lighting due to rooftop windows. They also have the ‘hanging plant’ look that I love in food establishments. It just really makes you want to sit for a while and ‘chill’. Although I don’t think my bank account would be happy if I tried that here.
What food & Drink is on offer at Farm Girl, Chelsea:
Farm girl is basically catering towards being a perfect brunch spot. With offerings of Granola bowls, Acai bowls, porridge, pancakes, avocado toast and various eggy dishes. These are all along-side various salad bowls, sandwiches and some quite delicious sounding Blue jack taco’s ( A bbq jackfruit filling with guac, vegan mayo and pineapple on blue corn tortillas).
There is also a selection of fresh pastries and treats at their counter. Plus, you can wash all of the above down with various rainbow coffee and herbal tea offerings ( all with your choice of ‘milk’ ). There are also smoothies, juices, a modest selection of wine, bubbles and even cocktails.
For anyone with specific dietary needs, they also offer various gluten-free and dairy-free dishes with around six vegan dishes as well.
What we ordered:
So, obviously we ordered pancakes! Correction – I basically forced Rhys to order the Pancakes because I wanted to review some pancakes but I had my eye on something else – whoops!
The Berry Pancakes are GF and £12, described as ‘buckwheat flour & buttermilk pancakes with amber maple syrup, berries, candied pistachios & coconut shavings’
I then decided to order the Açai bowl ( vegan) at £8 with additional topping options of Almond butter£1.50 and/or Granola £3. This bowl is described as organic Amazonian berries with banana & almondmilk topped with fruit, chia seeds & coconut shavings
Along-side those two dishes we had a Chai Latte and the Baby Pink smoothie. The smoothie was made up of coconut milk and flesh, rose water, aloe vera, chia, avocado and strawberries. ( I’m not sure what compelled me to order a smoothie to drink while eating a smoothie dish but – you gotta be a rebel sometimes!)
Food For Thought:
I loveeeee Açai bowls and always have. In fact, smoothie bowls of any kind are a firm favourite of mine. The thicker the better ( I mean caolories and sugar from fruit still feel better than from doughnuts – wink! ). This acai bowl certainly looks pretty and was thick and delicious with that yummy banana ‘nicecream’ texture and taste! Although possibly a bit too banana-y as the açai felt a little lost. I ended up adding an optional topping of granola to the bowl. Honestly though, I wish this was a part of the bowl anyway. It so perfectly complimented the dish but I’m not sure was worthy of a £3 price boost.
In comparison, my baby pink drinking smoothie fell a little by the wayside simply because the smoothie bowl made it taste almost bland in comparison. Overall I liked it but found it definitely lacking a little extra sweetness. But that is a personal smoothie preference.
The berry pancakes were enjoyed but, once again, there was an option for a paid additional topping of coconut yoghurt. Both R and I felt this probably should have been included on the dish anyway. Especially as the pancakes could feel quite dry in your mouth unless you had a hefty amount of toppings with them. Possibly a buckwheat issue? – Not something I can comment on as I can’t recall the last time I had buckwheat pancakes.
- Farm Girl, Chelsea serves up the perfect mix of food and drinks for a great brunch spot location.
- The staff are friendly and the decor and ambience are friendly with that hint of ‘instagrammability’. This carries on not only in the decor, but with the food itself.
- Quite high budget, which is in keeping with it’s Chelsea location but feels slightly too inflated for the items on offer.
- Farm Girl offers plenty of vegan and GF/DF Options.
- Not necessarily a place I would frequent but I’d be happy to go back to try their Vegan taco’s.
Rhys’s Final thoughts: In general Farm Girl feels a bit ‘hoty-toit’, especially with some of the customers seen entering/exiting the establishment. The pancakes needed the coconut yoghurt to pull the dish together. However, it felt a bit ‘healthy’ atleast with the generous serving of berries. ( it made me laugh when he discovered his edible pansy on the dish and wasn’t sure what to do with it). I had to explain that it WAS edible. Otherwise restaurants would be getting sued left, right and centre for poisoning people).
Cost: £38.54 (including the discretionary service charge) for drinks and mains for two people.
Till next time,