Restaurant Review: Caravan Restaurant Bankside. If you’re looking for weekend brunch in Bankside, places to eat near the Tate Modern or the best coffee shops in SE1 then you must seek out Caravan Restaurant Bankside. With Australian roots and a well-travelled menu, you’ll be treated to some inventive and tasty dishes.
“Treat yourself to a weekend brunch plate full of flavour in this former metal box factory located in Bankside,” Homegirl London
Caravan Restaurant Bankside Weekend Brunch Menu
Homeboy and I have visited Caravan in Bankside twice in a short space of time. The brunch is absolutely delicious with inventive ingredient combinations. We sampled four dishes which included the smashed avocado on sourdough toast. This is pimped up with pickled red onions which are fabulous and very colourful. With a scattering of soy pumpkin seeds, sprouts and manouri cheese, you’ll be very content, as were we!
Avocado on Sourdough Toast
The ‘Plates’ all sounded very tempting. We tried the green baked eggs which included purple sprouting broccoli, edamame, chard, miso verde, green chilli and soy. It was beautifully presented and very wholesome. Homeboy devoured his jalapeno cornbread with avocado, chipotle butter and fried eggs. The cornbread is rather good, one of the better versions I’ve tasted in London. This particular dish usually comes with chorizo, but you can request they omit this if you’re a vegetarian. I enjoyed the aubergine puree with soft boiled egg, preserved lemon gremolata, sumac and yoghurt. This was accompanied with a side of grilled flatbread.
Aubergine Puree with Soft Boiled Egg
Other Plates included sprout and kraut (loved the name!) which is a bowl of goodness featuring quinoa, charred sweet potato, red cabbage, kraut, miso, tahini and seeds. Meat eaters might be interested in the smoked ham hock hash with poached eggs, Or perhaps the slow roast pork belly and kimchi pancake. They also have a big fry up with a selection of sides like roasted field mushrooms, thick cut bacon and Merguez sausage if you’d rather create your own. If you have a sweet tooth, try the coconut bread with lemon curd and rhubarb. If you’re feeling virtuous you can always spoon in a few mouthfuls of maple granola. From noon onwards, they also serve pizzas.
To give you the idea of price points fruits and grains are priced at £6-6.50. Avocado or eggs on toast is £6-8, plates are £7.50-12 and pizzas are £9-12. Drinks include cocktails, wine, beer and some fresh juices and interesting milks and blends. The Caravan coffee is full of flavour and very good. Treat yourself to a salt caramel hot chocolate or golden spiced milk while you tuck into your brunch.
Caravan Restaurant Bankside Interiors
This is a large spacious restaurant with industrial interiors. Think whitewashed brick walls, exposed air conditioning pipes and polished concrete floors. Caravan occupies the ground floor of a former metal box factory so look around and you might spot some of the original 19th century features which have been retained. You can sit at a regular table with comfy padded seating or perch up at one of the tall tables on a stool. It’s a buzzy place at the weekend so you might want to book a table to avoid disappointment.
Caravan Restaurant Bankside Information
To find out more about the Bankside restaurant go to the Caravan Restaurants Website. The Bankside branch address is 30 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0HS. The nearest stations are Borough (Northern Line) and London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern Lines plus the train station). Current opening times listed are Monday to Friday 8am until 10.30pm, Saturday 10am until 10.30pm and Sunday 10am until 4pm.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London except interior image which was supplied by the restaurant. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.