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.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
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.
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