Restaurant Review: Farmer J King William Street. Homeboy and I visited The Monument to the Great Fire of London last Friday. After walking up the 311 steps we needed some food and a sit down. We headed over to a new eatery located close by to sample their Fieldtrays. If you’re looking for healthy food in the City of London or take-away lunch places near The Monument, then you must check out Farmer J.
“Treat yourself to some Forkin’ Good Food in the City of London at Farmer J. Try the fabulously filling and super tasty Fieldtrays which will perk you up and make the office grind more bearable!” Homegirl London
Farmer J King William Street Fieldtray Lunch
Farmer J (yes, he is a real person called Jonathan) and Farmer’s Wife (Ali) serve appetising food made from the best seasonal ingredients. They provide breakfast, lunch and dinner which transforms into table service in the evening. This article concentrates on the Fieldtrays, a wholesome and healthy lunch option for city workers and tourists. I’m hoping to go back again soon for dinner so stay tuned!
My Fieldtray Lunch
For your Fieldtray lunch fix go to the counter and pick up an environmentally friendly cardboard tray which is split into three sections. You select a base, a main, two sides and a sauce and then you will have a perfectly balanced and delicious meal. The Veggie Tray is also available which comprises of three sides plus a grain and sauce.
Homeboy’s Field Tray Lunch
The bases will be along the lines of Brown Rice mixed with lemon, extra virgin olive oil and herbs. I selected the Field Grains which consisted of freekeh mixed with cumin, roasted vegetables, garlic and olive oil. Or you could have fresh baby spinach instead.
Then you select your main, for example, Grilled Chermoula Chicken and Green Tahini where the chicken is marinated for 24 hours in the homemade chermoula which is a North African sauce of coriander, parsley, garlic and herbs. Papa J’s Malaysian Meatballs are cooked in lime leaf and coconut sauce. The Charred Flank Steak is marinated in Dijon mustard, garlic and Worcester sauce. Vegans and vegetarians might like the or Charred Tofu Steak coated in white miso, aubergines and ginger dressing. Homeboy settled on the Mac n’ Cheese which he loved, especially because it was mixed with kale and broccoli. They also have roasted salmon fillet on Fridays.
Cauliflower and Sweet Potato
Sides included Whole Roasted Cauliflower with coriander, cumin, harrisa, black sesame, olive oil and spring onions. I ordered this and it was so fabulous that I’m still thinking about it. The Sweet Potato side had been spruced up with za’atar and polenta. Grilled Broccoli is flavoured with garlic, lemon and olive oil. Get your fix of Wilted Greens featuring cavalo nero, spring greens with mushrooms, rosemary, thyme and olive oil.
The salad combinations are colourful and well thought out. Try the Zucchini, Roasted Tomato, Butter Bean Salad. Other choices were Broccoli, Red Pepper and Feta or Roasted Chickpea and Tomato. Finish with your sauce – tahini, chimichurri or red pepper and you are good to go!
Redemption Coffee Roasters
To give you the idea of price points our Fieldtrays cost £13 two which were vegetarian. I thought this was very good value for money because the ingredients were top notch and the food was delectable. Try the Redemption Coffee Roasters coffee which has been made by young offenders in Aylesbury Prison. Or you might prefer a homemade lemonade, juice or smoothie. They also serve wine, beer and cocktails.
Farmer J King William Street Interiors
The interiors are stylish. It is certainly a lovely place to sit and enjoy your nutritious lunch. They have a combination of booths, high tables with stools and tables for two. The space is bright, contemporary and comfortable. The food counter runs along one wall which is where you can order your breakfast and Fieldtrays from. The interiors feature light wood furniture and plenty of lush green plants. The toilets are also very nice and even have magazines should you need to stay a while!
Farmer J King William Street Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Farmer J Website. The restaurant address is 24-32 King William Street, London EC4R 9AT. The nearest station is The Monument Station and London Bridge. Current opening times listed are Monday until Thursday 6.30am-10pm, Saturday 9am-11pm and closed on Sunday. There is another branch located at 107 Leadenhall Street. Enjoy your healthy lunch!
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.