Sunday brunch has to be one of my favourite meals of the week. So how far would I go to seek out a good coffee and a creative dish for breakfast? Shoreditch seems to be the answer this week. Making the 25 minute journey from South West London was well worth it after finding out that Lantana in Fitzrovia has opened a sister restaurant, Salvation Jane.
Both names are derived from hardy Australian plants, which flourished and survived one of the toughest climates in the world after being brought in from South America and England respectively. A fitting metaphore it turned out to be. A little bit of Australia in Fitzrovia has firmly planted its roots into every discerning brunch seaker and sprouted a new bud on the other side of town. This one, Salvation Jane, is set to grow just as wild.
A good breakfast should always start with a fantastic coffee and Salvation Jane difinitely had the goods. Smooth and creamy and most importantly not burnt. One of those coffees that makes you relax, sit back and take in the atmosphere.
|Smoked haddock hashcakes w fresh spinach, poached eggs and dill mayo £9|
The menu, like at its sister Lantana, was full of creativity. Definitely come here if you are sick of seeing the same old 'scrambled eggs on toast' option on other menus. Corn fritters, smoked haddock hashcakes, sauteed mushrooms or baked beans with organic pork belly are just some of the options to be served with perfectly cooked poached eggs. Just loads of choice is all I am saying.
I decided to go with the smoked haddock hashcakes, with fresh spinach, poached eggs and dill mayo for £9. The hashcakes were chunky with both smoked haddock and potato playing an equal part. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked, while the dill mayo was mild enough to compliment each fork full. There are also enough sides on the menu for you to make your own creative alternatives.
It is an exciting time in the UK for weekend brunch.