Sunday, 25 November 2012

Lantana, Fitzrovia

Lantana, tucked away on Charlotte Place just off Goodge Street, takes its name from the flowering weed common to Australia, and has brought a little piece of the Antipodean brunch scene to London since opening in 2008.  With a focus on great coffee, including the now ubiquitous Australian & New Zealand export of the flat white, and a relaxed menu, the small café was packed on a chilly Sunday afternoon.

The brunch menu is full of tasty sounding dishes – the cinnamon French toast with blueberry compote, honey ricotta and almonds on the next table looked deliciously fruity, but we went for a couple of the savoury options.  My corn fritters worked well with the salty streaky bacon, spinach, flavoursome and juicy slow-roast tomatoes and cool avocado salsa and crème fraiche.

M went for grilled halloumi with more slow-roast tomatoes, poached eggs, houmous, toasted Turkish bread and dukkah (an Egyptian nut and seed sprinkling) – all parts were cooked well, especially the golden cheese and flaky soft bread, but there was little too much going on (we decided there wasn’t a place for cheese, eggs and houmous on the plate together).

The bill came to £27 including service, with a good latte and lovely infusion of fresh lemon, ginger and honey.  The baked goods also looked fabulous – little buttery friands sprinkled with poppy seeds, nutty blondies and a chocolate slice filled with a gorgeous cerise cherry filling.  The place is a little cramped and service started off a bit brusque, but some really interesting brunch dishes.  Along with weekend brunch, Lantana also serves breakfast and lunch Monday to Friday, and has a takeaway shop next door called Lantana Out – it’s just a shame my office isn’t a little closer.

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