The promise of unlimited fizz is usually enough to win me over, and I’m a sucker for brunch (who isn’t?) but Farzi Café is on another level… dishing out innovative Indian cuisine across an extensive menu with bottomless bubbles when the weekend rolls in. Needless to say, this place won me over from the moment I saw it.
Created by Zorawar Kalra, a highly regarded Indian restaurateur, the eatery considers itself as a contemporary pan-Asian bistro. Located in the heart of Haymarket, with an upscale feel and menu of delicious dishes, this boozy brunch was one heck of a weekend treat.
As we walked in, we immediately felt the buzz of a bustling brunch location, with groups of friends, families and work colleagues all tucking in. We worked our way over to a plush pod by the kitchen and started on the bubbles, watching in awe as platters were devoured (a good indicator what was to come) while a live violinist sashayed through the venue.
It’s safe to say we stayed for a while, with endless streams of food brought before us. My partner isn’t a big eater, but I basically had to roll him home after watching him devour seven courses without stopping... unless he was reaching for more bubbly. For myself? A comfortable four that left me positively stuffed. My chaat (£8) served in an avocado, with puree and crunchy coconut, was followed by a brilliantly bright salad (£12) of pumpkin, coconut, beetroot and fresh chillies. With a fresh feel and dash of spice from the chillies, these were a great way to warm up the palate before ether next two plates arrived.
The main courses really impressed, I mean who else would’ve thought to create creamy Brussels sprouts? Made with a cashew-nut poriyal the dish (£5) was made even better when paired with the tender smoked aubergine bharta (£11), cooked to the perfect level of softness that can be hard to nail with this particularly precarious veg. We left rubbing our bulging tummies, and crashed out the moment we got home like a couple of Romans (that’s a good sign imo).
The DesignMyNight Digest
Farzi Café uniquely combines Indian flavours with innovative cooking techniques. While luxurious in its setting, there was no sense of snobbery to be seen, making for a great place to stuff one's face when the weekend rolls in.