She says: It is somewhat of a ritual to start your Sunday with a wholesome brunch in Australia. Sydneysiders flock to their favourite caffeine scenes, devouring eggs coupled with magnificently smooth cups of roasted coffee made by some of the best baristas in the world. Over the past two years of London life, I’ve been in search for the perfect brunch spots that remind me of long, lazy and lingering weekends back home. I stumbled upon this place after seeing colleagues check-in on foursquare. Little did I know that Salvation Jane is the bigger sister in the East of Aussie cafe Lantana in Fitzrovia, one of my all time favourite cafes in London – famous for it’s long queues and quality coffee. Salvation Jane is located near Old Street and about two or three times bigger than Lantana, which is great for us as we saunter in casually without having to wait for a table. I’m here on a mission with two of my favourite fellow foodie girlfriends, Minh & Sath, the day after a rather big night out.
The food:We all can’t resist the £10 special of watercress & potato rosti with smoked salmon, poached egg, truss tomato & dill hollandaise. With a goal to get caffeinated this morning, I order two coffees as it’s not everyday in London that you can find quality brew – I miss the taste of Australian beans! The girls actually cheated and also had a slice of toasted banana bread with spiced marscapone and dusted with icing sugar to share before I arrived.
The verdict: Bright & spacious Salvation Jane feels less cramped than Lantana and totally embodies it’s surrounding Shoreditch vibe, being much more laidback and hipster than it’s West End little sis. If this cafe was slightly closer to where I lived, it would probably be my local! Would recommend this place as a perfect cure for hangover blues or a Sunday gossip session with the girls. I can also imagine couples coming here on a casual weekend date, followed by a lovely walk to Columbia Road Flower Markets (note to guys: awesome place to buy some cheap and fresh flowers for your lady friend!) or nearby Brick Lane for a vintage clothing & paraphernalia exploration. We spent about £15pp which is very reasonable for brunch! I’ll be back soon for a good coffee fix soon and a little reminder of home :)