Expect a seriously healthy all-day brunch at Flotsam and Jetsam – a laid back, Antipodean-style café in Wandsworth.

There’s nothing nautical or washed up about the intriguingly titled Flotsam and Jetsam.  Their ever-changing menu of ingredient-led dishes is based on seasonal and market fresh food. They have a separate Vegan menu and use local suppliers. They also have a lot local fans – we had to queue for 30 minutes to get a seat at 11am mid-week. But it was well worth the wait!

The setting

Finding Flotsam and Jetsam was confusing. It has a Bellevue Rd address, but the entrance down a side street, Wiseton Rd. Once inside, the café has a warm, cosy feel. There are wooden tables, scatter cushions, bare brick and whitewashed walls plus baskets of greenery hanging from the ceiling.

You will find two communal tables outside, one inside as well and a selection of smaller tables and two counter areas with plug sockets.

The bar is glazed with pretty blue and green tiles and the floor is distressed parquet.

The staff are friendly and thankfully, good at organising the queue. It’s in a fab location just across the road from Wandsworth Common.

The little things

We love the fact that juice and cold drinks come without a straw which can only add to landfills if they aren’t biodegradable.

The indoor communal table is great for customers working on laptops. There are quite a few plug sockets and free wifi.

The fresh  juice test

On the day we visited, there was a choice of three juices. The hot “Winter Fighter” -ginger, lemon honey and cayenne pepper, “Up Beet” -beetroot, ginger, apple and carrot and “Green” -celery, kale, spinach apple, cucumber and lemon. We tried the “Green”, which was refreshing and not too filling.

What we ate

We had the vegetarian version of Huevos Rancheros (there are also vegan and meat versions). It was a delicious combo of blue corn tortillas, two fried eggs, smashed avo, sweet corn salsa, sour cream and smokey braised beans. As it was so filling, we chose the small vegetarian portion of American pancakes with caramelised bananas, fresh berries, mascarpone and maple syrup. It was equally perfect! We finished off with a turmeric latte.

The bill

Huevos Rancheros  £10.50
Small Pancakes  £4.50
Green Juice  £4.50
Turmeric Latte  £3.00

What else

Flotsam and Jetsam is dog friendly and they hold barista courses.

What made us glow

The separate Vegan menu and the Huevos Rancheros!

Flotsam & Jetsam

4 Bellevue Parade,
London SW17 7EQ

020 8672 7639
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