Lantana, 44-46 Southwark Street, London SE1 1UN
Australian Restaurant, London
If the sun was shining and the sky was blue, I could have been mistaken for being in Australia…
I was welcomed into this wonderful Australian restaurant by a smiling host as modern pop music played in the background. Lantana is named after an iconic Australian flowering plant. It is a bright, airy restaurant with black, white and teal contemporary decor, wooden floorboards and exposed beams with spotlights to the ceiling. The seating was padded and comfortable, a mix of benches and chairs. Some high chairs were also situated around the counter.
I was led to a table deemed suitable for a solo diner which faced the large window allowing me to watch the world go by. A bottle of complimentary filtered water was brought to me along with the menu.
Food & Drinks
Lantana has 3 menus:
- Breakfast: 8am-11:40am
- Lunch 12:00-3:30pm
- Dinner 5:30pm-9:30pm
- Weekend Brunch 9am-4pm
The enticing menu offered a good selection of starters ranging in price from £2.50-3.50 with the exception of a meze sharing platter. Dishes included toasted courgette and kale bread with chilli jam, bread with olive oil and hazelnut dukkah and giant gordal olives. I chose the pan fried whole edamame beans with vegan cashew mayo which were superb. They were served piping hot with a sprinkling of spice and salt, accompanied by a generous serving of creamy, smooth mayo. Dare I say, they are the best edamame beans I have eaten to date!
Mains were priced between £9.50-£13.50. Additional toppings and sides were available for an extra charge. A good selection of meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes were available, as well as dairy free and gluten free options. Choosing a main course was difficult! When you see some of the dishes on offer you will see why!
- Green and Gold Vegan Super Bowl – sweet potato with coconut chilli sambal, avocado, turmeric mixed seeds, cauliflower quinoa ‘rice’, toasted cashews, fresh spinach & edamame, pickles & vegan cashew mayo
- Corn Fritters – Stacked with streaky bacon, fresh spinach, roast tomatoes, smashed avocado & lemon crème fraiche
Eventually, I chose the vegan Teriyaki Tofu which was incredible. The tofu was crisp on the outside and creamy inside covered in a sticky teriyaki sauce. This complemented the spicy, coconut chilli samba and crunchy, rainbow asian slaw beautifully.
Desserts were priced at £5 and included a selection of cakes, chocolate mousse with honeycomb and candied walnuts and poached pairs with coconut yogurt, candied orange and pistachio crumble.
A variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks were available as well as teas, coffees, smoothies and juices. I chose the honey, ginger and lemon tea, served in its very own teapot with infuser. It tasted fresh and was steaming hot, delicious!
The service at this Australian restaurant was excellent. The staff were polite, attentive and friendly. I was frequently asked if everything was good with my meal. I noticed staff cleaned up the other tables very quickly as other guests left, leaving the restaurant looking spotlessly clean and tidy.
Would I Return?
I would definitely return here. The food was outstanding, not just taste and quality but presentation and menu choices too. There are so many things I would like to try. The seating areas were great for solo diners, some beside or facing the window and others positioned around the counter where the drinks are made. There were also several other solo diners there.
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