COUNTER Vauxhall Arches
Holding the record for being the longest restaurant in London at 200 feet; Counter Bar & Brasserie brings authentic contemporary French-inspired dining to Vauxhall’s arches.
The mouth-watering all-day brasserie-de-luxe menu includes Wright Brothers oysters on ice, 28-day aged Chateaubriand from Dedham Vale Farm, French summer classic Salade de gesiers , and Lobster burger packed with crayfish and home-made tartar sauce. At the bar the mixologists serve signature cocktails such as the refreshing Goding Fizz with rosemary and cucumber infused Beefeater gin, alongside curated wines from France and the USA and craft beers.
During weekends, “Bottomless” brunches are served with decadent spins on American breakfast classics such as Nutella-stuffed French toast, Lobster Benedict, and Blueberry Pancake Stack with Maple Syrup and Bacon.
Bright and spacious, Counter’s quirky interior starts with original teak parquet reclaimed from an old asylum in Yorkshire. The focal point is a long bright brass-covered island-bar topped by floating lighting elements designed by Lumenzel Berlin. Antiqued mirrors and select vintage objects complete the ‘Deco Meets Disco’ feel of the 4,800 square foot venue.
The original design concept was dreamed up by Robert Moore (ex-Nicki Haslam) and the colours were chosen by Pene Parker, while BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill added unique touches including prints of the 18th century Vauxhall Pleasure Garden.
Counter’s head chef Mahrez Loukal trained under Alain Ducasse, became head chef at Michelin-starred Chez Bruce and returned last year to London after four years as executive chef for three brasseries, including La Rotonde de la Villette, in Paris. His experience in French cuisine and knowledge of where to source the freshest local British ingredients, including from local artisans like the Kennington Bakery, shine through in the delicious yet modern cooking at Counter.
Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea is Europe’s largest urban re-generation area including the new American Embassy, and Battersea Power Station, home of Apple’s new European headquarters. Counter Vauxhall is destined to become the heart of this exciting Central London neighbourhood.
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