Brockley restaurant renovations

La Lanterna, the often-overlooked Brockley Road restaurant is currently "closed for refurbishment". The decor is absolutely fine and was only refreshed less than two years ago, so we hope the refurbishment focuses on the kitchen.

Brocklies Nick and Kate have had contrasting experiences there, but the general consensus seems to be that it could do better. Let's hope this move means they're planning to raise their game.

Meanwhile, Long Time Cafe is being remodelled, so that the table seating is removed and greater emphasis is placed on takeaway customers. Their cooking is badly missed at BCHQ, so we're counting the days until it reopens.

14 comments:

Brockley Kate said...

Getting some staff who don't threaten to beat the customers up would be a start for La Lanterna. Disgusting behaviour.

The Cat Man said...

I'm fond of the La Laterna, been there a few times. I was amazed that they offered a continued supply of rather tasty flat bread and garlic and the prices were pretty cheap.

One thing that I did notice was that this restuarant is part of a chain. Besides, Brockley, all the other outlets are in Soho.

so the question is, why choose a rather drab piece of road in Brockley to open a west-end restaurant?

I miss Long Time :o(

tyrwhitt ali said...

I must admit that I haven't been to La Laterna for over a year but had always enjoyed my food there.

Brockley Kate, sounds like you've not got very pleasant memories!

drakefell debaser said...

Tried La Lanterna about a year ago, service was good but the veal wasn't.

Might give it another go when it reopens though.

Hugh said...

Still waiting for someone to claim 'rennovatations' is merely a typo.

Brockley Nick said...

"Rennovatations" Hugh? You'll be trying to claim that as a typo yourself next.

Rosie H said...

Yes, I always thought it an odd place for such a restaurant but thought the food was fine and the service perfectly pleasant on the handful of occasions we went.

With few restaurant options in the area, I just hope refurb means that and isn't simply a precursor for its closure

Tressilliana said...

La Lanterna was open when we moved to Brockley in '86, I think. It was sold to the Biagio chain several years ago. I've no idea why a chain based in the West End should want an outlet down here - maybe there was a personal connection between former and present owners?

It used to be quite good, but now that we've discovered Le Querce in Brockley Rise I can't imagine going to La Lanterna instead.

quick brown fox said...

Re La Lanterna: fine for pasta and pizza, but generally disappointing if you go for anything with vegetables, as they look and taste like they're out of a tin (brings back bad memories of school meals).

Anonymous said...

we really like it and go often.

it's not cheap but Ie think some of their food is absoltuely delicious - the sole for example is yummy.

Anonymous said...

I agree with quick brown fox - the pizza and pastas are nice but don't try ordering anything fancy. I like it though - we use it a lot for takeaway pizza, it's nearby and the service (for me) has always been pleasant. I have been to the one in the same chain on Piccadilly which is quite smart and a completely different experience (menu, decor, prices).

Paddyom said...

Where on earth os La Laterna?!

Hugh said...

Nick, well done on removing the typo my son.

Sarahs999 said...

THe guy who owns it (Biaggio!) is local to forest hill. It was the first restuarant he opened, the rest came later. (That's from what I remember; I interviewed him about three years ago). It was always very retro. I remember at the last refit, I went in and the chianti bottles had all gone from the ceiling - looked much fresher and more modern. When I commented he looked uncomfortable and said they had only gone for cleaning and would be back shortly - apparently the customers 'love' them. Hmmmm.

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