Contemporary Turkish Ocakbasi with The Counter London, Notting Hill
With a deep devotion to the traditional Turkish charcoal barbecue, known as ocakbasi, The Counter London provides a delightful dining experience in the heart of Notting Hill.
Every detail, from the interior design to the tableware, reflects impeccable taste, refinement, and artistic flair. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the open kitchen counter, where guests can gather around the inviting fire. This unique setup perfectly captures the essence of ocakbasi, while adding a contemporary twist to traditional recipes from the Southeastern Anatolia Region. The menu showcases a tantalising selection of Turkish dishes and seasonal delights, all expertly prepared on the open-fire charcoal grill. As we settled into this heartwarming space, we embarked on a delightful gastronomic journey that left us truly satisfied.
Cotted cream honey sourdough
(bal&kaymak ekşimaya), dukkah, wild thyme honey, truffle oil
The texture of their sourdough is a perfect balance of crispy and chewy, while the flavour is an exquisite blend of aromatic dukkah, wild thyme honey, and truffle oil. All of these elements are beautifully encapsulated within the soft dough, which also carries a subtle hint of the charcoal grill. The clotted cream adds a refreshing touch and delightful fragrance.
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Chocolate babaganoush aubergine, white chocolate, dukkah, dill oil, rose, evo
Sprinkled in purple rose petals and dukkah, the chocolate babaganoush is as incredible and luxurious as it looks. The gorgeous colours on the plate exhibit its palatable flavour. It is irresistibly velvety and thick from the white chocolate, savoury from the dill oil and smoky from the fire-grilled aubergine slices. When paired with a freshly baked flatbread, this dip sets the tone for the rest of The Counter London’s divine dining experience.
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Hummus & medjool dates humus, nuts, Medjool dates, currant, paprika oil
The Counter London’s hummus, an icon of Turkish cuisine, is served with medjool dates, currant and paprika oil. The hummus is creamy and thick, creating a sharp contrast to the aromatic paprika oil. The dates and currant provide a sweet taste and chewiness to this otherwise smooth humus dip.
Lentil kibbeh (içli köfte) w./lentil, bulgur dough, tahini cream, isot, mint, chili (veg opt)
The main event of this deletable ocakbasi is a classic Lentil Kibbeh. The bulgur dough is lavishly blended with the tangy lentils that are then seasoned luxuriously and fried to perfection. Served in a rich tahini cream topped off with chili, mint and isot pepper, the staple dish of The Counter London highlights the proficient spice culture in Turkish culinary. It is dense, tangy, and a true flavour bomb with each bite. In adorable filling balls, The Counter London honours this historical flavour from 800 BC.
Thin cut chips (kibrit patates) very fine cut potato fries, tarragon, tomato sauce, yogurt
The thin cut chips is a perfect side to nibble on throughout the dining experience. The tarragon spice makes for a mouth-watering salty bite while the fresh tomato sauce and creamy yogurt lend a harmonious balance.
Sage infused burnt rice pudding (adaçaylı fırın sütlaç) w./hazelnut
Selection of baklava
The Counter London tops off its extensive menu with a sage infused burnt rice pudding and quintessential Turkish delicacy- baklava. The rice pudding is soft and velvety with a flair of sage to balance out its sweetness. The baklava is a selection of pistachio and nutty flavours, an exquisite choice for any sweet tooth.
The Counter London interior imagery is provided by Tonic Communications.