The 80-cover site – plus 40 outside seats and a 400-person-capacity events space ‒ will be the second permanent venue for ‘food architect’ catering company Kofler and Kompanie, and follows the 2013 opening of its Magazine venue at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.
Set to be located on the Greenwich Peninsula as part of the area’s wider green space regeneration project, Farmopolis claims to combine food, culture and art, and has worked with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to rehome plants and trees from this year’s show.
Open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday – including for brunch at the weekends ‒ the site will serve the chef-created menu of simple dishes inspired by the local surroundings. As well as breakfast pastries, lunch, and dinner, it will also serve afternoon tea and cakes.
Dishes will include Salt Baked Sweet Potato with Ricotta and Sprouting Coriander; Scottish Salmon Tabouleh with Baby Spinach and Heritage Tomatoes; and Crispy Fosse Meadow Chicken with coleslaw and dill.
Typical desserts will include Chocolate with Kentish Cherry, and Sea Salt and Preserved Peach, Elderflower and Almond, while afternoon cakes will be along the lines of Courgette and Lime, and Pistachio and Rose.
The drinks menu will offer a selection of cocktails, such as Farmopolis Fizz (thyme-infused limoncello with prosecco and thyme), Peas and Love (with rum, pea-infused cordial, mint and lime juice) and Jett-Tea-Setter (mezcal, pink grapefruit, and rosemary).
The site will also offer a monthly calendar of events, including workshops, talks, yoga, arts and crafts classes and children’s theatre performances by Arcola Theatre. Over the autumn months, the café is also expecting to launch a series of guest chef supper clubs, with dates and chefs to be confirmed.
Eventually the concept hopes to create an urban farm development on nearby reclaimed land, which is set to allow chefs Eger and Weber to create farm-to-table menus and grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
Kofler and Kompanie also produced the international pop-up concept Pret A Diner, and created this year’s Summer Pavilion in the Serpentine Gallery. Founded in 1991, the company celebrated its 25th birthday this summer with Park Table, a series of guest chef events in London’s Hyde Park.
The site has also been created alongside events company Secret Productions – whose events include the annual Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire ‒ and landscape and architecture practice Wayward.