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Within a hundred meters of Farzi Cafe, there are enough good restaurants to pose quite a gastronomic conundrum. In fact, Fallow can literally be seen from your doorstep. But none of this prevents Farzi Cafe from staying in one of the most elegant areas of London.
Conveniently located next door to the Theater Royal, they are churning out food that beats the entire pre-show dinner, using tricks more at home in a Blumenthal kitchen than a traditional Indian one.
This is what we had to say.
Farzi Cafe – The Full Review
The food at Cafe Farzi is, and we hate to use a buzzword, but ‘elevated’ Indian. To be honest, an adjective like “flashy” might be more appropriate. Words like emulsion appear on the menu. Like things like “lemon air” and “cured egg lava,” it’s all very fancy.
Nowhere is this more true than with the Charcoal Fish Chaap, a serving of fishcake-style morsels served under a dome of swirling smoke atop a bed of funky fermented charcoal butter.
Let it be known in advance that the heart of London x London rests firmly on the philosophy of cooking that stands for simplicity, and despite that, we were won over by dishes like the one above.
The same was true of the Goat Farzi Rocher, a clear pun on classic chocolate, where curried goat replaces chocolate, puffed white rice replaces hazelnut, and the aforementioned lava cured egg replaces that liquid medium.
It was delicious. Fragrant, meaty and rich, setting us up for our main courses. There was CTM (chicken tikka masala) to be made, it would be rude not to when the chefs had already set the bar so high.
It’s safe to say that the bar set was a real hit, largely due to a rich, tomato-y curry that was both deep and rich.
The star of the whole show, however, had to be a piece of grilled fish from their menu. Achari black cod is marinated for 48 hours until the meat offers as much resistance to the fork as you would get by waving the utensil in the air. A fennel and granny smith salad, and roasted pepper chutney are next. You hardly need it. The fish is so tasty.
To top off the feast, go straight for the fig ginger pudding, a fluffy version of a sticky toffee with a ginger foam beret and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for company.
The drinks here are probably good enough to justify coming to Farzi Cafe for a cocktail, even if you don’t plan on staying for dinner.
That being said, some are steeply priced, like the Smoked Indian Old Fashioned in the special section of the menu. It’s close to the £20 mark, but there’s a strong case to be made that it’s worth spending.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter, the regular cocktail menu has plenty to choose from. Twists on the classics with infused fruity notes are common.
You’ll find a bountiful wine list, and home to a selection of champagnes that seem right at home at Farzi Cafe.
The place is elegant. A wraparound bar sits at the center of a room that is made up of multiple decks and subdivided into booths and private nooks in a way that makes a large room feel comfortable. Dim lighting adds to that feeling.
Farzi Cafe is located on a street where almost every restaurant advertises pre-theater dinner.
Farzi Cafe, at least when we went, didn’t feel the need to. Our suspicions are that, despite being exactly the closest restaurant to the main theater in the area, Farzi knows he can attract customers to St. James just because of the quality of his cooking.
Farzi Café: Practical Information
Address: 8 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4BP
Cafe Farzi: Map
Dine At: Farzi Cafe – Flashy Indian Food in the Heart of the City
Indian food the way it should be done. Flashy yet elegant, Farzi Cafe nails its flavors.