SquareMeal Review of
La Ferme Farringdon
If you take the view that a restaurant’s clientele is a good indication of the authenticity of the experience to come, then the fact that this cutesy French restaurant is choc-full with French nationals is a ringing endorsement. La Ferme is decked out in the style of a Parisian neighbourhood café and offers a homely take on modern French cooking, for very reasonable prices. Menus include tapas-style dishes to share, a daily-changing market menu (£20 for 3 courses) and the four-course Le Menu Du Chef (£39), which changes every eight weeks. It might include an earthy plate of chervil and parsley roots, topped with a runny egg yolk and buckwheat, followed by lean tuna tataki, pepped up with chilli purée and pickled seaweed, gamey roast veal served with a heady mix of samphire, salsify, urchin and oyster cress, and, to finish, a juicy orange jelly with yoghurt ice cream and meringue. The short wine list ticks off the big French wine regions, cocktail ingredients display a strong Gallic accent, while the buzzy atmosphere is helped along by a schedule of regular events, including wine tastings, raclette cheese parties and jazz nights.