Philip Reicherstorfer: Restaurant Evangelist
We dropped by Counter, to see how the building work was getting on. Readers of The Greasy Spoon will remember my recent post: Counter is- or will be- a new restaurant and brasserie for Vauxhall, the brainchild of enterprising restaurateur, Philip Reicherstorfer- or should I say 'restaurant evangelist' (?) as the whole flippin' scale of the project is now becoming apparent.
The restaurant fills a massive space, the entire length of an old railway archway (and longer than the height of Nelson's Column) with a "monastic" archway in glass at one end, looking on to what is likely to become (if Lambeth Council succeeds in demolishing the hideous bus station) a new town square for Vauxhall:
Philip knows exactly what he's doing, and the bones of the restaurant are now taking shape: a bar the Vauxhall end, kitchen in the middle, and further space at the back, not unlike the old concept of the Saloon and Public Bar in a Victorian pub.
Mrs Aitch props up the bar to be...
Philip in action...
I gather that a chef has been hired- or is about to be hired- and the menu will inspired by American and French brasserie classics. At the moment, it all rather reminds me of one of those immaculate ocean liners, the RMS Queen Mary or Aquitania, with Philip very much at the helm and in command of every detail; the shiny, metallic ventilation pipes are enormous and, I think, are going to be left on view. Watch this space.