Lantana Brunch
Sometimes I need a little taste of home. When I do, I head to one of my favourite Australian cafes for brunch.

Lantana was one of the early players in the Australian coffee and brunch invasion, and its name stands testament to this (for those who don’t know, lantana is “a hardy invasive weed that thrives in unlikely environments”). Despite being around for a while now, it’s still going strong and most definitely still draws the crowds – with no reservations, expect to wait a while for a table at weekend brunch.

The menu changes fairly regularly but there are always a few staples that I love, particularly the corn fritters, banana bread or french toast with seasonal toppings. Make sure you also get yourself a flat white (and, if you’re need some hair of the dog, a Bloody Mary).

On this occasion, I opted for the toasted courgette bread with grilled halloumi, slow roast tomatoes, a poached egg and chilli jam (£11.50). It was just as delicious as it sounds! My brunch companions both went for the smashed avocado and streaky bacon on sourdough toast with a poached egg and rocket (£8.50), and judging by the cleanliness for their plates, that was also a hit.

One of the great things about Lantana is that they offer a huge range of sides, so you can build your own breakfast if nothing on the menu strikes your fancy. This is particularly great for those with allergies, intolerances or just big appetites!

If you’re looking for a reliably delicious brunch, Lantana should be top of your list.

The good: I am yet to have a bad meal here but it’s the ability to build your own meal that really makes this it special.

The bad: You may not want to head here if you’re already starving – the wait can be up to 45 minutes on weekends.

The insider tip: Arrive before 10.30am to get a table quickly. If there’s already a queue, head inside to order some takeaway coffees to keep you going while you wait.

The facts
Address: 13 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat and Sun 9am-5pm

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