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How do you like your eggs in the morning, afternoon and evening?
March 2017 - Florentine Restaurant & Bar. All-day dining on London’s South Bank.
Expertly crafted dishes with international appeal, made for sharing, include a signature & seasonal ostrich egg, feeding six people. Piled-high plates of fresh, home-made artisan produce. Perfectly formed flatbreads baked in the oven in front of your eyes, at a counter table seating up to eight. British bubbles, craft beers and superfood cocktails with a twist.
On March 23, Florentine will launch in the buzziest of surroundings, just minutes from Lower Marsh, South Bank's Market SE1 and is ideally located opposite Lambeth North tube station, recently re-opened. Open Monday - Saturday 7am - 11pm and Sunday 7am - 10pm, Florentine champions fresh, seasonal ingredients with an elegant, creative execution that runs the gamut from bar snacks and small plates to larger sharing mains through to gorgeous grills.
Get started with home-roasted almonds glazed with truffle honey and rosemary; lamb and cumin meatballs in a rich tomato sauce; Piadina topped with mozzarella, Parma ham and aubergine; smoked burrata and tuna tartare with avocado, chilli, lime, ponzu and pane Carasau. Meander through to mains including braised ox cheek with creamy mash; grilled seabass with Amalfi lemon and corn-fed veal milanese with herb breadcrumbs.
HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS IN THE MORNING, AFTERNOON AND EVENING? An all-day, eggs-any-way menu plays host to the alternative Full English: an opportunity for six people to take on the King of the egg family, The Ostrich Egg. Priced at £65, this unique dish includes an entire egg fried or scrambled accompanied with generous helpings of Portobello mushrooms, heritage tomatoes, streaky bacon, Cumberland sausages and black pudding.
FIRE IT UP Florentine boasts a suitably stylish backdrop of beautifully upholstered charcoal leather banquette seating, comfy leather sling back chairs, hefty granite-style tables, floating halo-lit ceiling lights and a lavish destination bar area. A counter table for up to eight diners sits alongside the open bread oven and flatbread preparation area so diners can watch the chefs at work, molding and kneeding freshly-made dough ready for the furnace. Visitors can expect tear-and-share flatbreads heaped with exquisite toppings such as creamy burrata, smoked chorizo, manchego, rich goat’s cheese, spinach, tahini, wild mushroom and ricotta with black truffle.
The casual dining menu includes weekend specials of Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and slow-cooked roasts on Sundays including the ‘Tomahawk’ - a 35-day aged rib of beef to be shared between two, sure to satisfy even the choosiest carnivores. Teamed with a DJ and live music programme in the bar every Thursday - Saturday, Florentine presents the ultimate relaxing kick-back.
SIT & SIP Perched up at the bar for pre- or post-dinner tipples, explore the range of contemporary cocktails complete with home-made infusions and syrups, from lavender to plum. Highlights include the Jam Sour - shaken with gin, lemon juice, raspberry jam and angostura bitters and Thyme To Be Great - a refreshing take on a G&T mixed with lime juice, tonic, freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, St Germain, cocchi americano bianco and a sprig of fresh thyme for garnish.
Guests can also enjoy a range of hand-picked British bubbles from Chapel Down (Kent) and Camel Valley (Cornwall) and craft beers from Portobello Brewing Co., Frontier Craft Lager and Brewdog as well as superfood fruit and vegetable cocktails for those looking for a nourishing boost. The extensive wine list doesn’t take a backseat either, featuring no less than 45 bins with a well edited selection available by the glass.
Whether it’s a power breakfast, a business lunch, dinner for two or a cocktail at the bar, Florentine can cater for any occasion, from dawn til dusk.