Restaurant Review: Faru, Durham

New to Durham’s foodie scene is Faru, a luxurious dining venue that has taken the city’s culinary scene by storm. The new fine dining eatery is the brainchild of Jake and Laura Siddle, marking their debut as restaurateurs in Durham.

Situated in the bustling heart of the city, Faru derives its name from Old English, symbolising the essence of a remarkable journey, which invites foodies on a culinary adventure where a flavour-centric menu takes centre stage, showcasing the finest seasonal produce from an open kitchen.

Since its opening in April 2023, the husband and wife duo, who were previously associated with Newcastle’s prestigious Michelin-starred House of Tides, have been crafting a dining experience that epitomises elegance and innovation.

With delicate precision evident in each dish, an abundance of flavours and textures, and a commitment to using local produce where possible, Faru has quickly become a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts seeking a remarkable gastronomic experience.

Faru: Love At First Sight

From the moment you step into the elegant surroundings, it becomes evident that no detail is overlooked. Upon arrival, we’re greeted with an inviting ambience, where an open-plan kitchen is the star of the show, allowing diners to witness the artistry of the chefs at work.

The venue also boasts an extensive drinks menu ensuring a delightful array of refreshing sips complement the evening.

The decor exudes sophistication, embracing a minimalist approach with soft, soothing tones that create a calming atmosphere.

We take our seats and are gently guided through the impressive menu – and with such excellent customer care and a friendly demeanour – we’re already off to a great start.

Faru: First Bite

Our first course arrives and it’s a Parmesan delight that kicks things off. This moreish dish delivers a cheese hit accompanied by a subtle black pepper aftertaste, leaving a lingering craving for more. The flavours are perfectly balanced, setting the stage for the culinary marvels that lie ahead.

Next, the salt-aged beef is a delight for the eyes and the palate. With each bite comes an explosion of fragrant flavours. The tender meat showcases the expertise of the chefs in selecting and ageing prime ingredients. Each bite reveals the depth of the carefully crafted ingredients, leaving a lasting impression.

The chicken wing offers another delightful surprise. It is evident that the chefs have mastered the art of infusing every ingredient with layers of taste, resulting in a harmonious and satisfying dish.

One of the standout creations at Faru is the locally sourced crab tart, featuring crab from the fishing town of Whitby. This dish surprises the palate with a symphony of flavours. The brown crab emulsion serves as a delightful base, while the white crab atop adds a luxurious touch.

Compressed cucumber, bergamot, and dill enhance the overall composition, creating a sensational experience that unfolds with every mouthful.

A whimsical twist on a classic, the milk bread up next is a warm and comforting delight. Infused with wild garlic and generously slathered with butter, this powerful dish offers divine indulgence.

Culinary Masterpiece

Prepare yourself for the next culinary masterpiece: the hen of the woods dish, which is undoubtedly a standout and potential favourite of the evening. This extraordinary creation features a symphony of flavours that will satisfy any foodie.

A chicken fat crumb, delicately intertwined with the essence of yeast, adds a lovely crunch to the dish. Complemented by a luscious chive emulsion, crisp pak choi, and a tantalising mushroom ketchup, this composition is nothing short of sensational.

To elevate the experience further, the hen of the woods dish is accompanied by a mushroom dashi broth, delicately infused with chive oil. This palate-pleasing combination offers a burst of umami flavours. A rich and deeply satisfying creation which acts as a little slice of heaven for the taste buds.

Our Luxe top tip? Keep a piece of the milk bread on hand. Its warm and buttery goodness serves as the perfect vessel to soak up every last drop of the divine sauce.

The Perfect Balance

Faru continues to impress with a refreshing and fragrant halibut dish. As the menu progresses, this lighter course offers the perfect balance. The combination of flavours is nothing short of spectacular, showcasing the chefs’ ability to create dishes that are both visually stunning and harmonious in taste.

The lamb course, finished on the BBQ, is a testament to the exceptional quality of the ingredients used at Faru. With a red pepper purée adding depth to the dish, the lamb emerges as the star, embodying everything one desires in this classic meat. The addition of deep-fried sweetbreads on the side provides an oh-so tasty accompaniment.

Transitioning into the realm of desserts, the strawberry creation captivates the senses.

A luscious strawberry compote paired with an unforgettable brown butter ice cream and a crunchy granola base. This delicious palate cleanser stands as a testament to the chef’s skill in crafting an unforgettable conclusion to the savoury journey.

The chocolate dessert takes indulgence to new heights. The rich and airy tea-infused chocolate mousse strikes a delicate balance between intensity and lightness. The accompanying banana sorbet provides a refreshing contrast, resulting in a heavenly combination that leaves you longing for more.

Faru: All In All

To conclude the dining experience, Faru presents a delightful assortment of sweet treats. From the white chocolate-covered ice cream to the coconut marshmallows, each bite transports you to a blissful oasis reminiscent of a tropical holiday. These delectable morsels are the perfect ending to an extraordinary meal.

At Faru, every element of the dining experience is carefully curated to delight the senses. From the meticulous presentation of each dish to the thoughtful sourcing of ingredients, the dedication of this husband and wife team is evident in every aspect of their establishment.

As well as some of the most divine food we’ve had the pleasure of trying, by collaborating with local businesses, Faru showcases its commitment to supporting the community while celebrating the best of what the region has to offer.

Our opinion? A must-visit destination for those seeking an extraordinary dining experience that combines elegance, innovation, and the finest ingredients.