STAKES RAISED ON VAUXHALL’S EMERGING FOOD SCENE
COUNTER comes of age with New Head Chef and exciting new menu
Since opening in February 2014, COUNTER has established a cult-following in the next frontier of London’s food scene – Vauxhall. Likened to London’s own version of Hell’s Kitchen or the infamous Meatpacking district, the regeneration of the diverse area continues at break-neck speed ahead of the US Embassy completion in 2017.
COUNTER have just raised the stakes (or is that steaks?) on the food scene emerging in the diverse area, with new Head Chef Mahrez Loukal and an exciting new winter menu. Like every well-kept secret, the cat eventually gets let out of the bag and this new menu firmly secures COUNTER’s place on the London food map. This Grande Dame of SW8 is definitely one to watch!
Fresh from five years in Paris at La Rotonde de la Vilette, La Belleviloise and opening La Petite Halle, Loukal brings a wealth of experience from his French influence and Turkish roots. His London backstory includes leading brigades as Head Chef at Quaglino’s, Chez Bruce and Del Aziz, indisputable institutions within the city’s food scene. This knowledge and expertise promising that COUNTER’s new menu, under Loukal, delivers a true culinary tour de force for Vauxhall.
“It’s all about creating subtle but intense flavours – simple, quality produce cooked well,” says Loukal. “I wanted to bring some wow-factor and a sense of occasion to the menu, whilst keeping true to COUNTER’s roots of truly accessible all-day fare.”
The new menu sees an expanded grill section, the addition of more delicate plays on flavour and texture teamed with deliciously heavier-hitting, wintery favourites and true brasserie classics.
Menu highlights include:
· Wild sea trout & Granny Smith apple tartare, chives & crème fraîche £9
· Pan roast whole wood pigeon, wild mushroom & jus gras £11
· Hand-dived scallop ceviche, black radish, salsify, vinaigrette £9
· Tartiflette, Reblochon, Jersey Royals, lardons, chives, parsley £13
· COUNTER Jar, slow-cooked ox cheek, tarbais bean cassoulet £17
· Honey glazed wild salmon fillet grilled artichokes & dandelion £18
· Braised French trim lamb shank, Imam Bayildi £19
Whilst the Tartiflette and COUNTER Jar are already poised to be South London staples, Loukal’s signature touches include; the addition of creamy Morbier Cheese to COUNTER Burger and a delicious new Grilled Chicken Burger with Comté and minted yoghurt. Yes, that’s burgers with Franco-American twist!
A dozen freshly-shucked Jersey Oysters served with shallot vinegar and two glasses of Perrier Jouet Champagne sees a truly hedonistic update of the brasserie’s Pleasure Gardens Platter £38 – just in time for those Holiday celebrations.
Looking for the perfect pairing? The carefully curated wine list has a combines French classics with the best the Americas have to offer – including a brand new addition from The Fingerlakes in upstate, N.Y. Settle in at the brass-topped bar for a great cocktail that also carries an extensive selection of craft beers. At COUNTER Happy Hour happens every day of the week.