Time Out says
The fourth branch of the Antipodean brunch-slash-coffee-slash-small-plates institution, pitched at city slickers.
Caravan began as a quiet Exmouth Market breakfast heaven, before upsizing to a bigger industrial King’s Cross flagship in an old warehouse, before opening a third branch in a former factory in Bankside. Caravan City is the fourth link in the chain – this time veering in a slightly off-brand, corporate direction with a shiny, glass-fronted space in the new Bloomberg Arcade building. The food, though, is very much on-brand, with loosely Antipodean, internationally-minded favourites in large-and-small-plate form, beautifully presented. Here, too, they’ve made a bigger deal of salads – including raw and fermented plates – and a few new riffs on their pizzas, veggie dishes and brunches.
It was unusually packed when I visited on a Square Mile Sunday afternoon – possibly why the service wasn’t as slick as it could have been, although staff were warm and knowledgeable.
Once it arrived – a fairly long wait and one accidental pork belly delivery later – my aubergine purée with poached eggs and sumac yoghurt was rich and creamy, singing with zingy preserved lemon gremolata and grounded by bass notes of merguez sausage on the side. Another dish, of baked eggs, was spiced, well balanced and pleasantly warming – warmer than the just-lukewarm cappuccino (c’mon guys – coffee’s your thing!).
We had to chase down our waitress for dessert, but that was forgotten by the time it arrived – a fluffy, homely ginger cake, beautifully pimped with hibiscus-poached pear and boozy rum syrup. The star plate was a rich, just-sweet-enough dark chocolate delice and lip-smackingly umami miso ice cream with a sesame brittle, proving Caravan’s knack for texture-pairing and wackily successful global flavour combos. Even with the slack service, this is another sound addition to the Caravan collection.
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £95|
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Popped in for brunch and was blown away! The place looks great, the staff were really friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious. I've been to some of Caravans other restaurants and this has stepped it up again - well done guys! Highly recommend and will definitely be returning!
We've had dinner at a couple of caravan restaurants before and they were always sensational. I was nervous that this one in the heart of the city would be as warm, friendly and wonderful as the others, but I was wrong. Incredible food. Highlights include marinated seabass, pork belly salad and the oyster tempuras are off the charts! Love the layout and atmos. Great staff and I loved the beer, though I can't remember what it was which probably tells you everything.
A wonderfully calming experience in the middle of the metropolis. wonderful thought-provoking and delicious food. And service could not have been better. This is the ONLY place to have lunch in the city.
Caravan city is the jewel in the crown! Incredibly convenient location just a few metres from Bank station, although what will keep us coming back is the sensational food. Each dish is thoughtfully presented with great attention to flavour, texture and colour. Standout dishes were sea bass carpaccio with shaved truffle, charred cauliflower and crispy chilli tofu. Definitely try the skilfully made cocktails too - we loved the Yuzu mule and chef’s margarita seasoned with cumin salt. Dangerously delicious!
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