Sunday, 9 September 2012

Lantana - cafe

After 5 + City Pig’s Summary


Café - European
Average spend £14 per person (Main meal and drink)
Relatively healthy in comparison to the traditional fry ups.
4/5 – Food
3/5 – Service
2.5/5 – Comfort of dining in
4/5 – Overall rating
13 Charlotte Place

Opening times
Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 5pm
Eat in/Takeaway:
Eat-in and take-aways.
Recommended dishes & drinks
French toast and latte.
Vegetarian dishes
Loyalty card

A chilled out place to catch some brunch. No bookings though.

After 5 + City Pig’s analysis

Lantana located near Goodge Street is a café that brings an interesting brunch menu.
It is a small café, neatly tucked into Charlotte place.
The brunch menu offers a mix of sweet and savoury dishes. The classic dishes such as sausage and beans have an added twist with other ingredients that changes the traditional dishes to something unique.

I opted for the French toast with berries, honey ricotta and toasted almonds. I initially fancied the “Maple French toast with crisp bacon, grilled bananas and candied pecans” which I found on the internet. However, I was informed this was the old menu that had not been updated.

When the French toast arrived, I was not disappointed that this new combination also worked well.

The French toast was cooked to perfection. The berries gave it an extra acidic bite and the ricotta helped bind it together like cream. After a while, it can be a bit dry which is where the maple syrup would have helped. Nonetheless, I was very satisfied and was it quite filling.

City Pig’s pal opted for the savoury dish of ham hock and beans. This was a very hearty and comfort dish. The beans were soft and covered with a tomato spice, and with two poached eggs and toast.

I personally preferred the French toast, as the flavours were definitely very moreish.
The latte I ordered, was just beautiful with the flower pattern on top. The taste was rich and very beany as I would expect from the Australian style coffee.

I came here at the weekend and it was already busy at 1pm. It was interesting to see a range of people in here from young families to twenty to thirty year olds catching up with friends in here.

There are some newspapers and magazines free to read if one is here alone. Lantana is quite small though and not the most comfortable place as seats is quite hard. For larger groups it may be more comfortable at Salvation Jane.
The sister newly opened restaurant in Old Street (Salvation Jane) is much bigger and comfortable. (Salvation Jane review will feature soon by City Pig.)

A café that brings new twists to traditional brunch menus.

Summary of Citypig’s meal with pal:

o   Sanpelle  Can                    £1.70
o   Latte                                   £2.50
o   French Toast                     £9.00
o   Ham hock and beans       £10.50

12.5% S.C                             £2.96

Total                                       £26.66

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