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La Bruschetta is a relaxed cafe offering a range of Italian light meals and drinks to eat in or takeaway.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

08:30 - 18:00

TUE

08:30 - 18:00

WED

08:30 - 18:00

THU

08:30 - 18:00

FRI

08:30 - 18:00

SAT

08:30 - 18:00

SUN

09:30 - 17:30

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By Jane P.

Disgusted at being charged £1.40 for two 'babycinos' which we never actually wanted nor which are advertised on the menu! As we ordered our coffees and sandwiches, despite not asking for 'babycinos', we were asked by a waitress if we would like them for our children. Since we have often had these complimentary drinks in other coffee bars we said yes. But certainly we would have NEVER asked for these if we had known the charge. Upselling is fine but not when prices are not advertised. Not only did the cafe charge a completely disproportionate amount for the frothy milk but it is not advertised anywhere on the menu...This is dishonest and pretty flagrant. As we were dining at the cafe today, we were ironically discussing the fact that we had both heard rather negative reviews about this establishment in the past but didn't really understand why since we were, for the most part, enjoying our lunch and coffees. However, following the experience, it is unlikely we will visit again and will frequent the more honest cafes of which there are plenty in Crystal Palace. The fact remains that what they are doing is underhand and would certainly attract the attention of trading standards. The amount (70p) is somewhat irrelevant-though that is a huge mark up by anyone's standards but more cynical is the way it is offered and then charged with absolutely no reference anywhere to be seen on the menus. The fact of the matter is that every menu including your chalkboard needs to transparently reflect the prices charged.


By Kath S.

I've returned to La Bruschetta since and have received a good service. The sofas are comfortable and add a casual feel. Their desserts are lovely, although a tad expensive. I'm glad to be proved wrong!


By Lavinia H.

Unless you want poor value for money & horrible service!! Stay away from this restaurant. Firstly, an order of a starter Bruschetta is £7.95. When placed our order, the waitress failed to inform us there are certain items not available from the menu (like the porcini ravioli). Then I ordered a salad of mix greens, avocado & mozzarella. I instead received a caprese tomato salad. The waitress realized the error and brought in back then I received a salad of cucumber, greens and mozzarella but no avocados. Clearly there was confusion in the kitchen, on the 3rd attempt the salad came out right, finally!! My husband ordered a lasagna (£7.95) that had soggy tinned mushrooms, no flavor and runny cream come out of it. We spoke with the manager and my husband explained it was not what he had hoped and tasted poorly, then the manager asked if we wanted anything else, to which we replied yes, a panini. We were surprised to see both the panini and lasagna on the bill. I asked this manager why was the lasagna on the bill. He said, "well there's nothing wrong with it, your husband said he was not keen on it". I explained the only reason he ordered a panini was that the lasagna tasted bad and was still hungry. No one seemed to care or and we paid £37.75 for food that was poor quality, cheap value and were treated by the manager like 2nd rate clients. I will avoid this place like the plague and don't think anyone should waste their time or hard earned money.


By Kath S.

Went in, was told to wait on one of those comfy sofas and told that a waitress would be 'right with us'. 10 minutes later, still not given a menu, waitresses completely ignored us and no staff available to ask for help. Got fed up and left. I would like to try their food, but the smell of coffee is nauseating and the service is much to be desired. I hope this is a one off occurrence.


By Tracey D.

For a toe-curling espresso and a warm gooey panini pop into SE19's Italian cafe, La Bruschetta; its coffee's been keeping Crystal Palace awake since 2004.

The Venue
La Bruschetta is a welcome change from the clutch of more formal dining options Crystal Palace has to offer. This bright, welcoming and truly Italian cafe is open from morning till dusk every day. The decor is more tasteful than traditional with blonde wood benches, low-slung leather couches and a long glass deli-counter, of which is filled daily with palatable delights from Italy and the Mediterranean.

The Atmosphere
La Bruschetta is one of the friendliest hangouts on the triangle and has a constant stream of loyal locals in for coffee, lunch or just a chat. Being Italian and openly family friendly there are usually a throng of mums with kids in for coffee and cake. The slow hiss of the hard-working Gaggia mixed with the honeyed ear syrup of Magic FM, all adds to the easy-going atmosphere. Lunchtimes are the busiest with half of SE19 popping in for a prosciutto and mozzarella ciabatta and a double latte.

The Food
The tempting array of antipasto on show in the polished chiller makes it almost impossible not to order food here. Paninis are a speciality, the mozzarella, sundried tomato and basil pesto version is as herby and delicious as it is messy. Salads, including the divine tricolor, are thrown together with oily gusto and served with crusty warm ciabatta. Pastries and fresh cakes are available all day and the Italian ice-cream in a palette of flavours prove very popular with the younger customers.

The Drink
Besides the espressos, cappuccinos and lattes all of which are the staple of any Italian cafe, La Bruschetta makes a mean iced coffee and some fabulously frothy milkshakes. The cafe is licensed, enabling you to sate that late afternoon fancy for a draught Peroni. There are limited wine and spirit selections, but then again this is a cafe not a bar.

The Last Word
La Bruschetta is the sort of cafe every Londoner longs to have at the end of the road. Good coffee, great food and a real sense of community. Recommended.

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