Dining Out: Brunch at Counter Vauxhall

Dining Out: Brunch at Counter Vauxhall

Happy Easter lovely people! Hope you’re all having a great bank holiday weekend.

Last weekend I met up with my friend Sope to celebrate her birthday with brunch at Counter, right opposite Vauxhall station. They serve a bottomless brunch at the weekend so she booked a table for all 20 or so of us. For £28 you get two hours of bottomless prosecco and get to order two courses from the menu (although some dishes – lobster royale for example – are not included in the deal).

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If you live in London you’ll know that the weather last weekend was the best we’ve had this year so far…it was sooooooo nice! So of course I was quick to pull out a backless maxi dress for the occasion. The birthday girl on the other hand refused to compromise her fashionista status and wore an off shoulder wrap sweater with wide-leg pants. @StyleNecessity for the win! More details on these two looks here.

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I was feeling all types of summer time fly…and doing a great job of hiding the fact that there was a pretty cold breeze!
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The birthday girl looking fab

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty – you guys know about African time right? For those who don’t:

African time [noun] – A disease that plagues numerous people, particularly us Nigerians, where we show up late for just about everything! 😂😂 Example – Sope invited Lou to her birthday brunch at 2pm, however as Lou was running on African time she showed up at 3.30pm

In summary, almost everyone was late haha! Admittedly I had a netball match beforehand and had told Sope what time to expect me. But by the time I got there, there were still quite a few people who hadn’t arrived yet. I think this completely threw the restaurant staff, as they had to keep taking individual orders. Plus the table was only available for a certain amount of time (a point they regularly reminded us about).

To start I ordered the banana split, sounds crazy right? It didn’t come in a tall glass but rather was a deconstructed version. Tbh all I saw when I looked at the menu was nutella and I was sold. It had a banana, yoghurt, granola, peanut butter, chocolate sauce and of course NUTELLA. It was delicious!

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Deconstructed banana split

As a main, I really wanted a burger but for some reason was still in a breakfast-y mood (at 3.30pm – don’t ask), so I got the eggs royale. Now, eggs royale are pretty standard order. Yes, occasionally a place may not have the best salmon and that can be off-putting. In this case the salmon was fine, as were the eggs and Hollandaise sauce. The muffin, however, was stale and tough. I was so disappointed because how can you go wrong with something so basic?? I put it down to our different arrival times throwing the kitchen off their timing, but hmmmmm… 👀👀

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Eggs royale

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Verdict – Based on this and the service in general, I don’t think I would go back to this restaurant anytime soon. I’d still say it’s worth trying out, but maybe not in a group bigger than four, and maybe not with anyone that runs on African time!

My rating – 5.5/10

Have you been here before, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below, or hit “like” 🙂

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