A new Indian restaurant in Frisco has opened with a unique angle. Called Farm2Cafe, its goal is to provide a streamlined version of fast-casual Indian dining, which itself is already pretty streamlined.
With the slogan “curry in a hurry,” Farm2Cafe aspires to overcome the limitations of formal dining, in favor of an experience that’s more modern and convenient.
Founder Lakshmi Thoka says that she has always had a passion to open her own restaurant, and felt confident that their recipes were distinctive enough to attract diners.
“We’re doing Indian cuisine, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, with dishes from the south and the north, it’s a mix of everything,” she says.
The restaurant’s two key dishes are curry and biryani, the casserole-like rice dish which they offer in a variety of options including vegetarian, chicken, and goat.
“We are doing fresh biryanis every day, and special biryanis on weekends,” she says. “Every day, we offer a fresh daily special, using halal meat and organic chicken, so there’s always something different.”
They’re also doing Indian snacks and Irani chai, a tea that can be made with heavy cream or condensed milk, and is so rich, it’s almost like dessert.
“It can contain all kinds of spices including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and pepper,” she says. “It’s almost like Vietnamese iced tea, but served hot. It’s a specialty of the Hyderabad region of India, which has many Irani cafes that specialize in Irani chai.”
They’re open lunch and dinner daily with unique menu offerings on the weekends including a Sunday brunch, and are located at 2693 Preston Rd., near SH121, next to the Shops at Stonebriar. They took over a space that was previously home to another Indian restaurant called Bawarchi Saguwara, next to Jinbeh, the Japanese sushi/hibachi restaurant.
Farm2Cafe also has a sister company called Farm2Cook, a market that sells premium halal meat, which is what they use at the restaurant.
They have their own 100-acre farm in Greenville, where they raise goats, sheep, chickens, and cows without hormones. There are two locations of the market: one in Plano and the other in Frisco, two doors down from their new restaurant.