Lantana Cafe has become quite an institution in London, known for its indulgent brunch, colourful and spicy sharing plates and delectable home-baked cakes.
Inspired by the Australian coffee scene, the first Lantana Cafe was established in 2008 and its locations include Fitzrovia, Shoreditch and most recently London Bridge. Just around the corner from Borough Market, the shiny new all-day cafe/restaurant is set across two floors in a beautifully-restored 19th century building with a high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows.
We visited for brunch on a busy Saturday soon after it opened and sat at a comfy booth next to a pretty mural of Australia’s iconic lantana plant. Despite being packed full, it already felt like a slick operation and the friendly staff struck the perfect balance of laid-back and efficient.
As a matcha addict, I was tempted by the French toast with matcha sugar, fresh mixed berries, raspberry and crème fraîche (you can also add bacon as an extra). It was absolutely delicious and generously sized – the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for something sweet to start the day.
The thick-cut brioche French toast was fluffy and soft with flavours of caramelised vanilla and matcha, plus the berries and creme fraiche gave it a hint of sharpness. There could have been a little more matcha to give it a bolder flavour, but I didn’t find it lacking at all.
Steven went for the epic Corn fritters stacked with streaky bacon, fresh spinach, roast tomatoes, smashed avocado and lemon crème fraîche with a poached egg. The golden, crispy corn fritters had a slight red chilli kick and went perfectly with the smokiness of the bacon, the velvety avocado and aromatic lemon crème fraîche. It’s quite a monster of a brunch dish, so you’ll need to bring your appetite.
The flat white made with Alchemy coffee was rich and smooth and I liked the loose-leaf Earl Grey served in a cute red teapot.
Lantana Cafe is a great spot for a delicious brunch in a relaxed setting slightly away from Borough’s busiest area. I can’t wait to go back and try more of the menu, leaving room for a few of those cakes.
Chérie City was a guest of Lantana Cafe
Photos by Chérie City