A pioneer of the Australian-run modern café scene, Lantana remains a lively spot. Its look – wooden tables, mismatched chairs, small pieces of art on white walls – is now commonplace, but the staff pride themselves on their coffee-making and baking skills, and rightly so. The flat whites are super-smooth and go well with a moist raspberry friand or an Aussie ‘cherry ripe’ cake slice. The breakfast and brunch menu sounds great too, though sadly, maple french toast with streaky bacon, grilled banana and candied pecans was a little dry and came without any syrup; the chef had also forgotten to candy the pecans. Nevertheless, the staff, though the relaxed side of perfect, were very apologetic. At lunchtime and in the evenings savoury dishes can be ordered with a glass of wine. The kiosk next door sells some dishes as takeaways, such as the tart of the day; on our visit this was a big slice of mushroom, spinach and goat’s cheese tart, served with a selection of salads that included a slightly bland lentil and beetroot assembly, but also a much more vibrant and flavoursome greek salad.
'The new Australia of good coffee and Baz Luhrman rather than piss-poor lager and Paul Hogan' (Blake Pudding, The London Review of Breakfasts).
We change our Lantana blend coffee seasonally, and it's hand-roasted in London.
For the menu we take our inspiration from the fusion casual dining of Australia and New Zealand. But flavour - incorporating seasonal produce - is our main priority.
We have a superb catering and canapé menu for office meetings or events and our sites are available for private hire evening events. Lantana Fitzrovia is perfect for intimate dinners and events for up to 30 people or drinks and canapés parties for up to 40. Lantana Shoreditch can seat 80 for dinner or parties for up to 150.