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Counter Culture

15 The Pavement, Clapham, London, SW4 0HY

((((( British
Average
Main course: £8
Food spend: £28
Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday: 18:00 - 22:45
Saturday: 17:00 - 22:45.

Excellent all around

Dave Miller 13 January 2017
from London

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Sister restaurant of highly acclaimed The Dairy, Counter Culture is a laidback snack bar overlooking Clapham Common. The best of the season’s produce is picked, fermented, cured and bottled, and served alongside meat, fish and vegetables to create delicious, simple snacks.

The Counter Culture menu is short but packed with flavour. Tuck into the likes of sour potato flat bread, with nduja, and cultured cream, beef tartare with bone marrow salad cream and caviar, or lamb kebab with pickled cabbage and a steamed bun. Sweet treats like strawberry and limoncello trifle round off the menu.

An intimate setting, wooden tables sit in view of the open kitchen. Counter Culture’s BYOB policy adds to the relaxed atmosphere, as do the large windows looking out onto the common.

Showcasing the dedication to produce that has seen The Dairy awarded such high praise, Counter Culture Clapham sits seconds from Clapham Common Tube Station.

Counter Culture

15 The Pavement, Clapham, London, SW4 0HY

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Customer reviews for Counter Culture

4.8 ((((( (based on 87 reviews)
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  • dinner (67)
  • trendy (56)
  • romantic (34)
  • value (31)
  • lunch (16)
  • entertainment (9)
  • al fresco (8)
  • luxury (4)
  • private dining (3)
  • (**** 19 January 2017 by Alice from London

    Had a very disappointing meal, very overpriced and we were very unwell afterwards. Not a good experience.

  • ((((( 18 January 2017 by Michael Bates from London

    Amazing food, wonderful service, lovely space, will definitely be back!

  • ((((( 16 January 2017 by Dan Gavillet from Austin

    Counter Culture was by far our favorite restaurant we visited on our 5 day trip. The staff made our meal a truly unforgettable experience and the food was incredible.

  • ((((( 13 January 2017 by Dave Miller from London

    Excellent all around

  • ((((( 8 January 2017 by Sarah Chambers from London

    Amazing vibe and really good food. Will be returning.

  • ((((( 7 January 2017 by Becca from London

    Fantastic! The food was delicious, unusual dishes which all worked wonderfully and the waitress was brilliant. Thank you we had a great time!

  • ((((( 31 December 2016 by Will Pickard from London

    Fantastic - the pasta dish was tremendously good. Bigger drink selection perhaps as an improvement.

  • ((((( 23 December 2016 by Seb from London Borough of Wandsworth

    Whole experience is very unique. The kitchen could easily be mistaken for the bar/entrance counter and consists of two hotplate stoves, (on one of which was sat a steamer) and a water bath. The simple setup could easily lead to underestimating the quality of what is about to come. I feel however it also talks to the mantra of Counter Culture: To do so much with so little - the space, tools, menu, and ingredients, yet produce plates of such depth of flavour and fine balance is a testament to the care and effort that clearly has gone into this little restaurant.

    The small plate approach is fantastic as you can go through the entire menu between two (we also ordered seconds for two plates as they were so good). The particular highlights from our visit was the Cappelletti with pumkin puree and whey cream. It. Was. Fantastic. Quite possibly the best pasta dish i have ever had. The Ox Cheek and the Venison were also both so delicate and tender i could have eaten them all day. The most surprising dish was in fact the desert - a citrus custard with liquorice jelly and almond tuile. I am not usually a desert person but this one blew us both away. The jelly came frozen and added a very delicate flavour to balance out the citrus and the salt of the tuile.

    This is the first time i have left a review for any restaurant for one simple reason; it deserves it. Not least becuase of the food but also the atmosphere and the music was on point and to top it all off it's BYOB with £4 corkage!

    Go. Go on a date. Go on your own. Go with a friend. Go with a whole bunch of friends. It only fits 15 but of you could get a group to book the whole place out it would be a riot. In-fact I'm going to try and organise that right now.

  • ((((( 22 December 2016 by Sebastian from London

    Beautiful food, great service and great location. Delicious and heartfelt cooking. Looking forward to coming again soon!

  • ((((( 18 December 2016 by Laura Myers from London

    Tapas style modern food. They recommend one of each dish for a meal for two. Great value- amazing food, on a par with dairy next door - can even BYO

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