There's been a growth of new restaurants appearing in Old Street and some quite attracting too. Salvation Jane were one of the first ones to open that got me excited to try out being a sister of Lantana, a popular brunch place and Salvation of Jane was no different. I really thought I was in for a let down when I saw they had removed the Spanish Style Baked Eggs off the menu as it was the dish I wanted. My heart sank when I couldn't find it. But I'm pretty glad in the end as it got me trying new brunch dishes I wouldn't usually have ordered if I saw baked eggs.
So in the end I settled for my corn fritters stacked w/ streaky bacon, fresh spinach and slow roast tomatoes served w/ avocado chilli lime salsa and crème fraiche whilst my boyfriend went for the toasted sourdough, organic streaky bacon, a fried egg, rocket, fresh tomato and aioli. We also added a side of a halloumi. Both dishes were delicious although I only got to have a bite out of the boyfriend's one so will not review his.
There was so much going on that it was hard to believe how wholesome it actually was. The combination of ingredients used was faultless. The beautifully grilled corn fritters had a lovely seasoning, slightly spiced and each bite had soft little burst of sweetness coming through with the corn. Lovely fresh crunches from the spinach and the perfectly salted lightly crisp bacon giving me that 'Saturday treat yourself' feel. The perfect sunny side up, avocado and creme friache wrapped things up nicely, adding that buttery creamy texture to each mouthful. The halloumi came nice and chunky and no complaints there. The whole dish was just made with simple ingredients but put together it tasted amazing.
I finished with my Chai Latte which was probably one of the best I've had as you could actually taste the tea. It was creamy with distinctive notes of ginger which was really warming.
Together with the fresh looking wooden decor, natural lighting shining through, homely furniture with a mini bookshelf containing fun little books for a quick read and a self serving condiment shelf, my brunch experience became the perfect start to my weekend. It's the place I would choose to go for relaxation, a feel of home but being served by lovely waiting staff, all very welcoming too. Really highly recommend this place.
I ordered a bacon breakfast sandwich from Salvation Jane's only to be told I couldn't eat it at their eat in counter because I had a cup of coffee from a place across the street.
While I understand that bringing in a branded cup from another competitor (Caffe Nero) is not ideal, their request that I couldn't eat in their restaurant a food item I purchased there felt very uncomfortable and frankly embarrassing. I wasn't offered a common sense alternative (purchase a coffee there, put the coffee in a different cup, etc) that doesn't create an embarrassing situation for the customer.
I had no intention to start a branding war...honestly. I just wanted to eat my sandwich there instead of outside alone in the cemetery across the street (which I did in the end and actually fascinating to do among tombs from the 18th century).
Under different circumstances, I would have loved to experience Jane's for what it is and not through this senseless act.
As for the sandwich, I still ordered it took it to go. It was good, but was tainted with bitterness as I ate it.
I'd classify this as just another trendy chill cafe in the area with good food (similar to Ozone/Workshop, though I prefer the latter two).
Having queued up for brunch at Lantana once and found it super meh, I was a bit hesitant about trying Salvation Jane. Nonetheless, I'm only based near moorgate for a few more weeks so I figured I should give it a go.
The entrance is kind of dark and I somehow expected a smaller, darker space inside. Instead, it's fairly large and reasonably bright (or at least 'normal') Lots of wooden chairs and tables.
For the food, my friend and I shared the corn fritters and the French toast. It was all good but unmemorable. Pretty solid cafe but I'd take Ozone next door most days.
I went there at lunch time. Always so curious about this place. It did not disappoint me at all. Great enviroment and staff. Best chicken burger I had in a long time! They also offer a great lunch deal: Tart + 2 salads. Quite good as well.
I will be back, for sure. Breakfast time I think!
Can't believe it's taken me so long to get here for brunch. I'm a big fan of Lantana, based near Goodge Street and my work - though a bit pricey for a brunch (8-12 quid) - it's never a disappointment.
My personal favorite is the corn fritters with bacon, spinach, tomatoes but when in a hurry the breakfast sandwiches never disappoint.
A must for breakfast dining near Old Street, especially if you want to avoid the breakfast club and diner crowds a little further down near hoxton square. For those living nearby, I actually did takeaway my first time here and was delighted to have all the yum in the comfort of my own lazy Saturday home.
Visited this place for brunch recently to catch up with a friend from university. They had discovered this place through a friend.
The coffee was excellent although not amazingly great that you would shout out about it from the roof tops.
I had a slated beef hash with relish and salad.
Liking the adventure of trying something new when I can I can say I was quite pleased with the choice.
Like the name suggests a standard hash brown with salted beef added to the mix, yum is the best way to describe it.
Again this was one to those cafés which had a long table in the centre of the dining area which many parties could sit around without being in each other's breakfast.
Overall noise was a little loud but this wasn't helped with a softly spoken friend.
Prices reasonable and the quality of the food was good enough for me to consider going back some day.
A great place for lunch in Shoreditch! I guess this place is also related to the popular Lantana in Fritzovia, but after my experience today, I definitely prefer Salvation Jane.
I got the aubergine and mozzarella tart and sweet potato soup-both of which were their specials of the day. Both dishes were really delicious and it only came out to 10 pounds, so definitely keep your eye out for their specials board.
Staff was also really friendly and helpful; our server was willing to answer all of our questions about the menu and he even put up when we were taking forever with splitting the bill. He also gave us free extra pieces of bread and a refill on our tea when we asked!
The lunch rush is pretty crazy, but getting a table wasn't too bad on a Wednesday afternoon; if you prefer quiet places, it usually clears out by 2pm so this place is the place for you, too.
Spacious and calm decor is a plus, but the slow, haphazard service and slightly disappointing food don't really make up for it.
I arrived at 11:35 and was told brunch had finished and they'd start serving lunch at noon. Fine. At 11:55 we asked if could order and they said "the kitchen doesn't open until 12". A full 15 minutes later they still hadn't returned to take our order.
I had the corn fritter stack with spinach, bacon and avocado salsa. The fritters had a spicy kick to accompany the otherwise bland taste. The avocado salsa was mostly onion. My friend had tart and salad which was mostly fine apart from the fact her "chickpea and butternut squash salad" had a single piece of butternut squash.
Afterward, we had to ask 2 times for the bill and 3 times for a takeaway container.
I don't know if we were just unlucky, but I probably won't return. It was on the expensive side, and service was included on the bill. Which we paid.
I have a very special bonding with Salvation Jane, why? Well I had my job interview here and guess what I actually got the job! I think one of the stars is probably because of that! But the rest 4 they deserve every bit of it!
I am very bored of all the Starbucks and Costa's so every time somebody introduces me to a new cafe I get extremely excited. Salvation Jane is also such a pretty name, being a marketing person names of restaurants gets me very excited to a point that sometimes I might like a place purely because of its name (ok that is probably an exaggeration). For all you nasty smokes (I am included) they have a smoking shed outside which is such a saving grace during winters because you don't have to freeze to death to have a smoke. The tea pots they have are very pretty and blue, I have a lovely photograph of that too because the day I visited I happened to wear nail paint of the exact same shade of blue!
The breakfast menu looks absolutely stunning and the options are just so confusing (in a good way) because there is so much to chose from. I had a Cinnamon Toast with cream and berries -- wooohhh delicious will be an understatement. I will have to mention that it is not exactly a cheap breakfast or budget meal place so I think you should save this place for special occasions if you are not loaded like me. The waitress we had was very friendly and she helped me pick my dish too.
Verdict : If you are near Shoreditch and looking for a good breakfast place, you know where to go! :)
Excellent and unexpectedly good breakfast. Their take on corn-beef hash was two large cakes that were crispy on the outside, potato-heavy, light and fluffy, and spiced enough to keep them interesting on their own. But they were paired with an excellent tomato relish, a perfectly poached egg, and some fresh greens.
I also enjoyed the carrot orange juice and coffee.
To top it off, the patio wasn't terribly crowded and the weather was perfect today in London.
A super-duper solid 4-stars for Salvation Jane...!
Salvation from...? City Road? Chilly January weather? Low caffeine threshold? Starbucks coffee? Mediocre breakfast options? Take your pick, Jane saved me from all of these things.
While it may look quite small from its address on City Road, it's rolls into a back area with very ample, quite comfortable, seating. Rows of communal tables and quiet corners to conversate and dine --- you'll find right here. The space is new and shiny (housed in a newer building) with very clean restrooms, a smiling staff, and nice offerings.
However, a bit pricey. A breakfast for 3 (each with a main and a beverage) ran close to 50 quid. Not that the quality didn't match the price tag, but just watch out as you peruse.
The Smoked Haddock Hashcakes + fresh spinach and poached eggs were quite lovely, very obviously prepared this morning, and hit the spot. Not too big. Not too small, the right temperature and consistency for hashcakes, and the eggs...perfect. My dining companion's Cinnamon French Toast with cream and berries though? WOW. Looked absolutely amazing and she concurred.
As I mentioned, the service is good. Very good for London. Only misstep? Those half-eaten hashcakes hung out in front of me FAR past when I had decided that we should separate. Enjoying Americano #2 without the lingering smell of fish would've been highly preferable. However, only misstep on the service side.
It also seems very...BRIGHT in here. Some better light might set the ambience up a bit better. There also seemed to be quite a few interviews being conducted, just a funny observation more than anything else. :) Go get those jobs, people! Jane will save you!
Would be a great place to curl up for a nice meal, bring a group or just pop in for some takeaway (in the front, premade sandwiches, coffeebar, etc).
Will add to the breakfast rotation around Old Street Tube stop. Next...Ozone!
I am really excited about all of the great breakfast/brunch spots in the area. Adding to the list is Salvation Jane! Really cool lively vibe and decor with very kind staff. The roasted portobello and the corn fritters were really flavorful. Cutting into the perfectly poached egg and letting it run over the mushroom and polenta was a treat.
Thyme roasted Portobello mushrooms and Goat's cheese w crisp polenta, watercress and a poached egg
Corn fritters stacked w streaky bacon, fresh spinach and slow roast tomatoes served w an avocado chilli lime salsa and crème fraiche
I can't say that I'm jealous of those who live around Old Street. I mean, choosing between Ozone, Franze & Evans, Breakfast Club, Curious Yellow Kafe, and many others for your weekend brunch is as hard as first world problems come.
Salvation Jane is another Antipodean outfit, pretty much right next door to Ozone (which in itself is pretty new) and is definitely vying for my place-of-choice. However, if you walk into one or the other, it's a bit difficult to tell which is which as they both have that gutted warehouse look that seems to be all the rage these days.
There are many things about this place which make me happy - the ceiling-high windows overlooking the back courtyard, the cool wall decorations, and, when I went in last time, having Dangermouse/MF Doom's "The Mouse and the Mask" album playing in the background. Definitely the second best cafe/restaurant music I've heard in London.
The coffee here is good - I certainly prefer it to Allpress. But the real winner here was the breakfast - I don't understand how a BERT (bacon, egg, rocket, tomato) sandwich could be so pretty (also, SJ scores major bonus points by sourcing their bacon and sausage from my favourite London butcher, HG Walter). There are a select few places in the world which serve breakfasts that make me feel like a champion, but London has its very own here, and for that, I am very thankful. Of course, I'd be more thankful if Salvation Jane went all Salvation Army and decided to do it for free, but I suppose that's something I can overlook.
The second best espresso in town. I get my bus to drop me off a walk away from work so I can start my day at this place. Better than Taylor Street, better than the Coffeeworks guys, better than Nude.
About the same as Shoreditch Grind but less irritating.
Fine resto. A bit busy, a bit loud, a bit up-to-date.
Really lovely schnitzel. A fine old Long Black coffee.
I've only had the lunch, not the brunch. (is Brunching really becoming a Thing in London? I can imagine a Sunday punctuated by Brunch and Roast...)
Everything's good, but it's almost as if they've ticked all the boxes - 'locally sourced meat', 'funky peppery lettuces', 'poshed up bacon sarnie', 'good antipodean coffee'... all at prices to match. It's fine. It just doesn't crack the four-star barrier for me.
Plus, they do that thing that annoys me - adding in 15% service on top. Chaps: this is London. 10% is correct, 12.5% is cheeky and annoying, but 15% is just over the bloody top. I, like lots of people, will add on a better tip, in cash, without card fees or delays. It's not like someone's going to stiff you.
My local brunchery. I crawl out of bed, poke the boyfriend till he gets up and we head to ' Jane's. It's all hardwood floor, white walls and yuppy dishes on the menu. Kiwi baristas shout hello when you walk in and it's all very relaxed and Sunday-fabulous.
The BERT (bacon sandwich) is the business, with crispy gorgeous bacon and a poached egg to run down the side. Nom!
I always go for the sourdough toast with lashings of butter and vanilla blueberry jam. If I was ever feeling virtuous, the bircher muesli is divine and a decent meal on its own. If you want to pop in for cakes, they have a tasty selection of mini cakes, brownies and Antipodean type treats.
Lantana without the line! No problem rockin' up at 1pm on a Saturday and getting seated.
Same great menu--interesting combos for breakfast. I landed on eggs with haddock cakes that were quite tasty. Friendly and personable service, although slightly flaky.
Hard to choose between Lantana and Ozone for brunch--I prefer Ozone for the edgier vibe and coffee, Lantana for a good chat with friends and better food options.
Bon Appetit and lovin' the new Old Street brunch corridor.
A great find! A group of us went yesterday - chosen by a member of the group who has coeliac disease and needed somewhere which had gluten free options for brunch. She had gluten free bread, scrambled egg and bacon - really nice to go somewhere where she is not jealous of everyone else eating their lovely gluten-filled brunch!
The coffee is absolutely delicious and then I had poached eggs on toast which was simple but tasty. My only complaint is that the portion sizes are small (I could have easily eaten twice as much toast with my eggs...) but maybe I am just greedy...
I really, really like Salvation Jane. I'm not *quite* as fond of it as I am it's aussie/kiwi neighbour, Ozone, but it's still a pretty fantastic spot.
Their coffee is fantastic, they've got a great selection of sweets and nibbles and the baristas are friendly.
They've got tons of seating, so it's a nice spot to catch up with a friend if you're looking for somewhere to meet around Old St. Station.
Though you are yet another addition to the Oz/Kiwi coffee fad, you please me. Your communal tables and natural aesthetic make me feel welcome and calm. Your staff are kind and handsome. Your coffee is well-crafted, potent, and flavorful. And your food. Your food is the thing to not be missed. You have a thoughtful menu: well seasoned and moderately priced, featuring preparations that allow the quality of the ingredients to shine through. And oh! Your baked goods are also exceptional. Dare I ask... are you seeing anyone? Can I come a-calling again soon? I don't want to be too forward, but as you can probably sense, I am quite taken with you.
First off the coffee is excellent. Better than nearby Ozone and MUCH better than the woeful Shoreditch Grind. They use Square Mile beans and the Ozzie/Kiwi baristas know what they're doing. They'll even tell you which coffee option contains the most caffeine when you turn up very hungover (thanks that lady!).
The food is fresh, well cooked and presented. I've eaten tasty brunch and lunch here and never felt disappointed. The only minor issue is, I think the price of some of the options skirts the quantity/quality barrier. Either more food at the same price or the same food at a lower price would push this place into perfect.
The staff are usually great - I have on occasion been served by ones that were mediocre, but usually only the once and then they're never seen again. The regular staff are all friendly, helpful and quick to respond. Even when you show up with bloodshot eyes and speak in a barely audible croak!
tried all of the popular coffee spots in the area and on a good day this one's the best.
Recently, after I was ignored at a near-by roastery for half an hour, I gave up and walked around the corner to the antipodean place Salvation Jane.
Salvation Jane is a good cafe that offers a very similar menu and style as the Fitzrovia coffee shop Lantana. The advantage of Salvation Jane is, that it is more of a restaurant than a little coffee shop. Some people might also count this as disadvantage. Anyway, I was two or three times at Salvation Jane so far and very much like it.
In particular, I like the toast or in general the breakfast and brunch you could get there. So many places in London serve crappy bread as toast, Salvation Jane is a very welcome exception. And you could also get a decent coffee there.
All in all, Salvation Jane is probably not the cheapest spot for scrambled eggs on toast and a cup of coffee, but at least you get proper bread, nice and friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. I will definitely go there again.
Super strong yet tasty americano. I had one from Ozone just before Jane's and Jane's was much better. It's less crowded here too. It's $2.40 for a large americano.
Have only been for a coffee and egg & bacon buttie. Staff are pretty friendly, decor is nice but the coffee is just ok, compared to other great places nearby like shoreditch grind and pitch 42, and more expensive than both. Maybe they're still perfecting their coffee skills though. The egg & bacon buttie was with egg mayonnaise which was a bit disappointing, but the roll was delish! I'd be willing to go back to try the lunch food, but I wish they'd drop the prices a bit overall.
So you are stood on City Road waiting for somewhere to grab a coffee and all of a sudden 2 come along at oncenew kid on the block Salvation Jane opened last Tuesday. The antipodean takeover continues this is Aussie run super friendly team with great welcome and service. Modern space with urban feel bare breeze block as opposed to brickwork glass frontage with loads of light. The cakes are to die for and once the kids spy this I can see myself being shunted in to grab cakes to go whenever we stroll by. Need to work through the coffee menu to give a proper review. Flat white lacked depth but these are early days..I will be back
Love Lantana, but it can be a 'mare to get a table unless you arrive early and, have to say, staff can be rather grumpy when they're under pressure and juggling a full restaurant.
So, very glad to see this place open which correct me if I'm wrong is Lantana II with a whole heap more space.
I was in for breakfast and it was pretty much empty as it had only been open a week food was good, coffee was superb and the cheery waitress from Melbourne was a very sunny start to a grey, rainy day.
Definitely recommended. I imagine next time I go back it will be a lot busier as word spreads.
carbon copy of there sister shop bermondsey street coffee even down to ercol furniture and mural on the wall
these guys really mince it
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