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Lantana Café

Restaurants, Australian Bankside
2 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

The Aussie-style brunch purveyor’s third location.

Having first established themselves in London back in 2008, the Lantana team can lay claim to being one of the progenitors of the capital’s booming Aussie café scene. There are two branches already thriving in Fitzrovia and Shoreditch, and their third location has arrived in London Bridge. They’re clearly working with an ‘if-it-ain’t-broke’ ethos: the coffee’s still artisanal, the staff are still plaid-shirted and cheerful, and the main sell is still the hallowed metropolitan ritual of brunch.

Unfortunately, said brunch was terrifically disappointing. The tomato sauce accompanying some ‘drowned eggs’ was vinegary, the pulled pork flavourless. Even with the addition of a little beetroot-cured salmon, I’m not convinced that avocado on a single slice of sourdough can justify a £14 price tag. A slice of courgette cake from the counter was lamentably dry. Only the earthily delicious kale-and-celery smoothie showed Lantana at its best.

But there are two other things that really spoil the experience here: hard floors and high ceilings. You have to shout to make yourself heard – especially when you’re after the attention of the staff, who were friendly but overwhelmed by the weekend queues. Hardly the leisurely Antipodean vibe I’d hoped for. Sadly, the Aussie sunshine has waned a little here.

By: Matt Breen

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Details

Address: 44-46 Southwark Street
London Bridge
London
SE1 1UN
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: Brunch for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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tastemaker

Lantana is one of my favourite brunch places in London, especially for the quality of its ingredients and beautiful plates. Everything there is tasty and carefully chosen. My avocado toast with poached egg and beetroot salmon was a perfect example, the use of unusual ingredients in it like labneh and hazelnut dukkah was a great surprise. Staff is lovely and the cafés are usually very homey, so a great address to recommend.

tastemaker

After talking about it for weeks, we finally got a group of mates together and headed over to Lantana London Bridge. What a lethal combination of great quality ingredients, cooked to perfection, by the friendly and attentive staff at a reasonable price.


When I was trying to make a booking, it said the only way to make a weekend brunch booking was to go bottomless brunch. I accepted the challenge, however once we got to the cafe, we were kindly offered the option of just going a la carte, that we politely declined and enjoyed a feast of best brunchy goodness, with free-flowing prosecco for an hour and a half. 


The staff made sure that our glasses were full to the brim all the time and the food is some of the best I've had.

Tastemaker

A light, bright, friendly cafe just behind Borough Market, Lantana Southwark is a more spacious and relaxed place compared with its smaller sister in Fitzrovia. I recently went for a birthday boozy brunch with some friends and was impressed with the flavours, attentiveness of waitresses and overall price. The brunch mains themselves are a little on the steep side however £30 for 1 hour 30 of unlimited mimosas, coffee and any item on the menu was pretty good value. The waitresses were hot on the prosecco and juice top ups and even gave us a 15 and 5 minute warning. The food was also realllly tasty and a good portion size. 3 of us went for the big bubble which I highly recommend. Overall a lunch boozy brunch spot!

Tastemaker

I ate here Friday night with a friend and we enjoyed our time and lovely food. We ordered the mezze platter to share, and I really enjoyed the hazelnut dukkah and the olives and cornichons that accompanied the spread along with a creamy, heady hummus. That said the roasted flatbread triangles that came with the plate were tasteless. I also got the Mauritian chili patties and sprouted broccoli (although not purple as it states on the menu!) The patties are essentially falafel patties with just a hint of spice but really flavorful and crunchy. The broccoli are delicate and the feta cheese that accompanied it highlighted the lemony flavour. I got a glass of the house white wine and it was surprisingly delicate and dry (a good thing!) and a good value at a fiver for a good-sized small glass. My friend and I didn’t get dessert. I’m dinking a star only because the service, whilst very good at the start, tapered off so I had a flag the server- who was eating dinner herself- later to get an additional plate. I would still return for the lovely veg options.

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