Namedas one of London’s best kept secrets the Counter Cafe is bursting with character set in the big warehouse overlooking the Olympic Park – bring your binoculars and you’ll be happy you missed out and saved a few grand on those tickets, whose laughing now?
The Counter Cafe was our goal after a bike ride on a crisp clear Sunday morning. Met with a queue in the main entrance we were told it would be around a forty minute wait. Snagging a seat upstairs we sat drinking fresh, strong coffee whilst looking out at the views along the canal and hoping the wait would pass quickly.
Tables arranged inside on both floors are made to share unless your party is big enough to take up all the seats, be warned this place gets busy so play nice! The black board just before the counter is where you can make decision from what’s on offer. The Full English will set you back eight of the gold ones and lives up to the rep. The homemade baked beans and tomato relish are joint winners of the plate followed closely by the potato cakes. The Poached Eggs on potato cakes with Smoked Salmon from nearby Foreman’s were also a great choice, although we got a slightly raw deal on ours with a tiny shaving of salmon as we noticed other more generous plates fly by.
Breakfast was high scoring and the place inside is interesting enough to keep you amused. Although there’s lots on here, with more than just breakfast and a range of booze to swallow, you might find yourself heading there to one of the events that regularly go down, check the website and look at their calendar for more info.
We will definitely be heading back here soon. Its a beaut.
7 Roach Road, E3