An ostrich egg is the equivalent of two dozen chicken eggs. That’s a lot of egg. It’s enough for a horde, which is why at new restaurant, Florentine you’ll find it being served for six people with generous helpings of tomatoes, bacon, Portobello mushrooms, sausages and black pudding. You’ll need six people, not only because of its size but also because it’s going to set you back £65 and that is too much for anyone’s breakfast.
Opening in Lambeth next week, Florentine will champion fresh, seasonal, all-day dining. Starters include the likes of lamb and cumin meatballs in tomato sauce; smoked burrata and tuna tartare with avocado, chilli, lime, ponzu and pane Carasau. Main courses include braised ox cheek with creamy mash and corn-fed veal Milanese with herb breadcrumbs. There’ll also be flatbreads topped with the likes of creamy burrata, smoked chorizo, manchego, tahini, wild mushroom and ricotta with black truffle. Saturdays are going to be the day for bottomless brunches, whilst Sundays will be dedicated to slow-cooked roasts including their Tomahawk, 35-day aged rib of beef.
Make sure you try the Jam Sour – made from gin, lemon juice, raspberry jam and angostura bitters, although Thyme to be Great sounds right up our street too. It’s their take on a G&T made from lime juice, tonic, squeezed pink grapefruit juice, St Germain, cocchi americano bianco and fresh thyme. There’ll be 45 wines to choose from, including British sparkling wine from Chapel Down in Kent and the Camel Valley in Cornwall. Beers will come from Portobello Brewing Co, Frontier Craft Lager and Brewdog.
Designed by Digital Space, Florentine will feature charcoal leather banquettes, leather sling back chairs, granite-style tables and floating halo-lit ceiling lights.
Florentine: Opens 23rd March, 6 Hercules Road, Lambeth, SE1 7DU, www.florentinerestaurant.co.uk
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Written by: Emily Gray