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Restaurant: Counter

Where is it:  Beneath Vauxhall Tube Station.

Opened: February 2015.

What kind of food: French and American-inspired contemporary dishes.

Who goes: Vauxhall locals, commuters passing through and in-the-know tourists seeking out London’s underground foodie scene.  

The concept: An all-day brassiere with an extensive bar area, serving knock-out brunch, light lunches, late night dinners and delicious bar snacks.

The interiors: The 200foot-long restaurant is adorned with antique mirrors, brass detailing and leather booth seats giving it an old-school glamorous edge.

We tried: Counter chowder and mussels to start, slow-roasted beef shoulder and vegetarian tomato stew with dumplings for main, followed by rich chocolate brownie, peanut brittle and salted caramel ice-cream for pudding.

Hero Dishes: The beef shoulder melted off the bone and into our mouths, but the overall winner had to be the brownie, we want an entire platter of peanut brittle, stat.

And the drinks: Champagne and gin cocktails washed down snacks of crystallized cashew nuts.

Star Cocktail: They do a great Espresso Martini - the perfect post-dinner drink.

Best for: Weekend brunch or late night drinks and dinner.

Our favourite thing about it was: Counter is reason alone to visit Vauxhall, just steps from the station it’s a valuable addition to the area that’s previously lacked notable eateries.

What made it unique to them: Located under a railway arch, the curved ceiling and length of the restaurant is instantly striking. Counter is split into two distinct sections, with the main restaurant and bar at the front and the smaller BackCounter venue at the back, where late night live jazz and cabaret is performed.

The Small Print: A new summer menu has been introduced since we reviewed, so you may have to wait until winter to sample some delectable peanut brittle...

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