La Lanterna, Brockley Road

La Lanterna, the Italian restaurant opposite Brockley Station, has had a modest makeover. Out go the photos of celebrity diners on the walls, to be replaced by black-and-white framed photos of jazz musicians or something. The changes stop there, however and happily, the jolly waiter on the roof (a piece of public art to treasure) remains.

The food itself is pretty reliable, though our group with stuck to conservative choices - risotto, pizza, pasta, pancakes and salads so we can't speak for the fish or meat options. Every dish was tasty and well-prepared, but nothing in particular lingers in the memory.

In our experience, service is the restaurant's strong point. It was a busy Saturday night, with most of the tables full, but we were well looked after by the friendly team and never felt that the kids in our group were an imposition.

This article will be moved to the "reviews" section when it's ready, so please use it to give your views on La Lanterna as the point of Brockley Central reviews isn't to learn what we (whose greatest regret about turning 30 is that we no longer feel able to eat Pot Noodles) think about a place, but to act as a repository for local wisdom.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think good typical light reasonably healthy Italian food - good service and I'd be keen for similar places to open....

leenewham said...

Me too...more more. I went there once, it was good but I wasn't blown away and I thought it was a tad expensive for what we got. I might try it now it's had its makeover.

Brockley Nick said...

Lee, I wouldn't go expecting it to be radically different!

Brockley Jon said...

I was in La Lanterna on Saturday night. As usual service was polite and efficient. The food, as Nick says, is good reliable Italian staples, but nothing to particularly blow you away. That said, prices for mains are very reasonable.

Unfortunately the same can't be said for wine. Our Dolcetto didn't taste like its £24 price tag.

It's true, the decor is nothing to write home about, and the soundtrack will more than likely be an Italian krooner whailing like a cat, but this just helps in making La Lanterna a characterful local Italian!

Kate said...

Had a terrible experience at La Lanterna last night - I got a really bad quality pizza, with mushrooms that seemed to be from a can, revolting; then when we pointed this out, the guy got really aggressive, pushing my friend in the chest and telling him to eff off because he was banned!
Absolutely shocking behaviour.

Amanda Wickham said...

Oh my goodness, that is awful. I very rarely eat out around here. For breakfast, I go up to Honor Oak, that cafe where the 172 terminates. I think alot of the food places around here need to step up their game. There's a lot of style over substance going on. I went to one place, the vegetable lasagna was served skin vapourisingly hot on the outside, and ice cold in the middle. It was taken from me and nuked and handed back, you can only imagine what it looked like after. We used to get a slice of mango cheesecake from another place, it never tasted the same twice. That same place does a breakfast, which I fear are made with powdered eggs, the scrambled stuff was so dry. I could go on but I'll spare you all.

Anonymous said...

....and tomorrow is valentines day. License for restauranteurs to get away with cramming in twice as many tables, employ people who have never waited tables before and over charge outrageously for mediocre food.

Anonymous said...

I went to la lanterna once,soon after moving to Brockley 5 years ago, nothing to write home about,mediocre food not particularly good service. Haven't been back since which really sums it up

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

I've had a good meal there before. If you want nice, wholesome standard food then its quite a good place. The prices are very reasonable, and I found the service to be actually quite good.

Much better value for money, then say TM2.

Anonymous said...

Ropey nosh. Plastic ham, and yes, canned mushrooms. Been in there 3 times in 10 years. Never again.

Although I've taken out some ok pizza .

Anonymous said...

I was a regular and would always recommend, unfortunately its been going down slowly for a while now. I ate there at the weekend my partners meal was a fillet of fat drenched in sause, It was totally disgusting I will not be eating there ever again.

Headhunter said...

I always thought this place was a bit of an anomoly. It seems to be part of the larger Biagio chain of mostly central London/West End restaurants catering for the tourists and theatre goers, and then there's La Lanterna in Brockley! What brought them to leafy SE4?!

Monkeyboy said...

Looks like a restaurant empire, check out their home page

Must be doing something right, mind you tourists are an easy target.

Anonymous said...

I just went by the window of a Brockey eaterie and I now understand what the follwing means:

"The Oracle said...
RIDDLE ME THIS... it is curtains for the flies. But why? 31 March 2009 22:56"

Although the place is currently closed, I was horrified to see nearly fifty flies gathered on the curtains INSIDE. 'Why' indeed?

Graeme said...

HeadHunter - I refer you to an earlier post I made about this which Nick (probably) rightly removed on the possible grounds of libel. I'll tell you when I see you.

Anonymous said...

At least it's not a libel to state what I've seen in their window and to which The Oracle alerted us - flies, many.

Headhunter said...

Graeme... Intriguing!

Anonymous said...

Ate there once. Pretty vile, and overpriced. Surely can't still be open. Its ripe for a Restaurant Inspector makeover if its still in business.

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