Revisited: Counter, Vauxhall Arches

Out Of Office Magazine was invited back to Counter,  a bar and brasserie nestled under the railway arches at Vauxhall station, try the new menu 

Counter changes its menu regularly so we were delighted to be invited back almost a year on from our first visit.

To kick of our experience we opted for two contrasting, yet equally delicious, cocktails – Chinapolitan consisting of zubrowka vodkka, sweet lychee and lime, and the Central Park, a Jim Bean Double Oak and apricot mix. Note that Happy Hour runs from 5-7pm every day with a good selection of cocktails, wines and beers.

On to the food… For starters we had the scallops with boudin noir AKA black pudding. Although known as blood sausage this recipe bears no resemblance to it usual solid consistency, in fact it’s smooth and creamy, and paired perfectly with the shellfish. We also shared a charcuterie board, before embarking on a chateaubriand board for two.

The steak was accompanied with chips, potato dauphinoise, portobello mushrooms and stuffed tomatoes. It was cooked perfectly (medium rare), while the mushrooms and potato dauphinoise were the perfect sidekicks. But… although the chips were delicious it put our carb count up a bit much and the mince-stuffed tomatoes were too rich and filling for this meal.

While we feeling rather full, we seldom can resist a dessert and opted for the chocolate fondant with an orange sorbet.  A deep and tangy mix, it was worth the 15-minute wait.

All in all, we were thrilled to  return to this modern brasserie and would recommend it for staff or clients drinks, dinners, meetings or functions.

What? An independent restaurant serving  flavoursome food, a wide selections of wine and cocktails. They also have private hire options.

Why choose Counter? Those who appreciate architecture and good food will feel at home here. We’re also thrilled to say the restaurant is  a much better temperature than last time, so no jumpers needed!

Cost: ££

Arch 50, 7-11 South Lambeth Place, London SW8 1SP
020 3693 9600
www.counterrestaurants.com

 

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Review: TGI Friday’s, Westfield Stratford

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Out Of Office Magazine reviews TGI Friday’s – a well-known chain with a fun and welcoming atmosphere. 

TGI Friday’s in Stratford is a lively, modern restaurant and in this particular location the staff were constantly upbeat and willing to go the extra mile to ensure we had an enjoyable experience.

The food is American diner style with a good price tag. We started with the chicken fajita nachos sharing platter loaded with chargrilled chicken, onions, mixed peppers and creamy melted cheese. For mains the double-glazed Jack Daniels burger finished with candied bacon had a succulent sweet taste, while the 12oz rib eye steak was flavourful, tender and cooked medium-rare as we asked.

A full menu of sharing or singular desserts and sundaes gave us lots to choose from, while their hand-prepared range of cocktails gave us plenty of reason to stay and chat while sipping favourites from the classic Mojito to fruity Paradise Punch.

What? A tried, tested and highly recommended location of a well-known chain.

Why choose TGI Friday’s, Westfield Stratford? The decor is clean and contemporary. The relaxed feel and no-frills food and drink make it the perfect location for staff drinks on an evening.

303 The Loft, Mezzanine, The Gallery, Westfield Stratford City, London, E20 1ET

0344 692 8901

https://www.tgifridays.co.uk/london-stratford

Review: The Latchmere, Battersea

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Out Of Office Magazine reviews The Latchmere – a spectacular public house and garden lying close to the river in the heart of Battersea. 

The Latchmere was only renovated four months ago and it shows. Not only are the staff smiling and attentive, their food is first class and reasonably priced.

The menu is where the Latchmere excels itself as it showcases its dedication to all things meat – from their own home-cured British charcuterie, to their wide range of steaks, all aged in-house, as well as their succulent chicken and pork.

The chorizo scotch egg starter, which comes with a delicious truffle mayonnaise, was a particular highlight. We chose a full-bodied Rioja to accompany the seven hour pressed pork belly main, which was incredibly delicious but only left a little room for the Irish coffee cheesecake. The dessert, which is served with a shot of amaretto, certainly has the wow factor and creates a fantastic finish. For those with any room left, the British cheese board is delicious and big enough for two.

What? A hidden gem of a restaurant in the heart of Battersea.

Why choose The Latchmere? Thanks to its laid back vibe but decent, classy food it’s ideal for a meeting place for staff or client drinks or just catching up with friends.

503 Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, London SW11 3BW

020 7223 3549

http://www.thelatchmere.co.uk/