Please note, Lowcountry is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink editors, May 2016.
All over London, dedicated swallowers of fashion are stuffing themselves silly with the latest hipsterised American fast food. Burgers, hot dogs, wings and ribs have all been given the trendy street-food re-rub and served up as the new, cool alternative to our own fish and chips or doners.
The food of the Lowcountry (the coast of South Carolina) is one of the distinctive regional culinary styles of the States, similar to that of the Deep South and Louisiana. So here in the swamplands of Fulham there’s ribs, gumbo, grits (ground corn) and ‘chicken-fried pork’. A lot of seafood features: lobster, clams, oysters, crabs and scallops.
‘All of our ingredients are either local or from the Southern and East Coast wilds of the US,’ proclaims the menu, before listing Dorset crab meat, Canadian bacon and Black Forest ham. Geographic haziness aside, what we ate – prawns with grits, braised ribs, ‘voodoo’ wings – was all decent, but let down by the venue. There was no music on the quiet night we visited, although there were big screens with Sky News on silent – a real mood killer. The decor looks like an afterthought. Waitresses were well meaning, but were unable to describe the dishes: inexcusable, even in the first week of service.
It’s in the shell of a fairly sizeable old pub, and advertises itself as a bar as well as restaurant: ‘We don’t just serve food, but also some of the best drinks in town!’ the website claims. I didn’t see them. In an age when every new bar in the city seems to have its fridges rammed with US craft beer, Lowcountry’s authentic taste of the US is restricted to… Budweiser.
Just over the road in the Fulham FC shop is a cut-out of their big Texan forward, Clint Dempsey, looking typically mean. I can’t help thinking that if he ever gets cravings for the food of the South and stops off on his way home from the Cottage one day, he might leave looking even meaner.
4 Fulham High St
|Opening hours:||Open: Noon-midnight Mon-Thur; noon-1am Fri; 9am-1am Sat; noon-11.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Putney Bridge tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £65|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
1.8 / 5
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- 1 star:4
WARNING: this place no longer exists, and the people who have taken over the venue ( a crap burger place) have chosen not to change the website - this place is AWFUL, do not go there.
What a disaster! Booked a table for brunch ahead of an early kick-off Fulham home game - menu looked great on website. We were first into the restaurant at 11am; coffees came quickly but food service was the worst I have ever experienced - a wait of 50 minutes - dishes coming to our table from the kitchen one at a time with 5-10 minute interval between them..cold and tasteless. For the last two dishes one of our party stood at the open kitchen and waited/supervised cooking and then brought the food over. At least they told us there would be no charge before we had a chance to say we weren't going to pay..small recompense for a ruined brunch. And Fulham lost.
As per another review very very poor. Service non-existent. Food average at best. Half attempted refurbishment that looks cheap. If the place delivered what the menu/website describes it would be fantastic. Seems weird that someone has the vision but the complete and utter lack of attention to detail to fulfil what's in their head.
How can you review it so unfairly? and on the opening week? certainly not a true reflection. Found this place by chance after picnics in Bishops Park and were amazed from start to finish, Thank you to the whole team, from managers to chefs. Chefs were friendly cooking on the BBQ and even happy to serve us, and the food was amazing. Go just for the wings and fried green tomatoes alone...Will be booking my birthday here and everything else i think going forward!!
As a resident of Fulham and from the USA, naturally I was very excited to see that this restaurant was opening up just down the road from me. I went with my girlfriend and before I had even got their I had decided that i was going to have the Lobster as they made it sound so good and a big deal on their website, Facebook, Twitter etc. We walked in and was greeted by a waitress/hostess. She showed us to the furthest part of the empty restaurant. The open kitchen is the centre piece of the dinning room, which I thought was cool idea, until later which I will get to in a bit. After we were seated the waitress brought us over our menus and asked if we would like a drink, we both ordered a coke. She said she would be right back with our drinks and to take our order. The waitress came back with our "small" glasses of coke and asked if we were ready to order, at which point she announces that the Lobster was off the menu. This was a disappointment, I would think that if you make such a big deal about a certain item on your menu you would make sure you had them in stock. I then made the choice to have the Cracked Crab and my girlfriend ordered "Hacked Pork leg with biscuits and southern style BBQ sauce". After about 20 minutes and our glasses being empty for quite sometime I see our food ready to be served and sitting on the pass. After a further 5 minutes, the chef realises we are waiting and goes to get the bar tender from the bar. He gets shown the food looks at us and shrugs then walks off back to the bar. The waitress finally comes back and brings our food to us about 10 minutes after its ready. My cracked crab is one crab cut in half. I thought this was a bit small. As i was about to ask the waitress she brings me over a bowl of garlic shrimp. She explains she is sorry that my order should be much bigger and ran out of crabs but here are some shrimp to make up for it. If I had wanted shrimp I would have asked for shrimp. My girlfriends meal was equally disappointing. Her "hacked" pork leg looked more like a pork loin and was sat on a bunch of wilted spinach and the souther style BBQ sauce was a chunky sweet salsa. There was also no biscuits. The open plan kitchen I originally thought was cool, quickly became annoying. We had a chef constantly staring at us while we ate which made us feel very uncomfortable. The waitress asked if everything was ok and we explained our problems, to which all she could say was "oh sorry" and then walked off to get our bill. Our bill for 2 cokes and 2 main meals came to about £35. Its safe to say we did not leave a tip. Anyone thinking they are going to get a good taste of American food/culture is in for a big shock. Another restaurant trying too hard to be something they just cant pull off. If you want decent American food, Bodeans and Big Easy are still miles above the rest. Low Country = Low quality and High prices.