– The Kingsmen, 1963
The official lyrics there to the hit song Louie Louie. Thanks to his braces, a case of exhaustion, and an unnaturally positioned microphone, not even the lead singer knew quite what he was saying…
…but it sounds an awful lot like the sound you’ll be making when you go along to sample some of the food at new Elephant & Castle cafe-cum-restaurant-cum-drinking-den-cum-flagrant overachiever, Louie Louie – a collaboration between the team behind New Orleans-inspired cocktail bar NOLA in Shoreditch, and Camberwell’s Fowlds Cafe.
By day, you can feast on top-notch coffee, vamped-up sandwiches, and cakes courtesy of Stroma Bakes. At weekends, there’s a hearty brunch menu on offer featuring a distinctive Full-English with black cabbage bubble and in-house sausages stuffed with pine nuts and sultanas, as well as baked eggs to share, and butterbread french toast with spiced plums.
Then in the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday, resident chef James Nicholson takes over the reins with a carefully-honed dinner menu taking inspiration from classic Persian cuisine. You can expect a regularly changing selection of dishes like shaved cucumber and pomegranate salad, and shank of spring lamb braised with fresh herbs and dried lime.
And as the evening settles, you’ll no doubt also be heading downstairs to grab a booth in their snug lounge area, Late Night Louie. You’ll kick back with one of their unconventional cocktails – like the Dead Sea Sling with tamarind tequila, cinnamon, soda, and a black lime charcoal salt rim – or perhaps venture through their list natural and skin contact wines (when they leave the skins on the grapes as they ferment) and locally-produced craft beers… all while DJs caress your eardrums with tracks played through a vintage sound system…
Just don’t expect to be able to decipher any of the lyrics.
NOTE: Louie Louie is now open daily and is walk-ins only. You can find out more at their website HERE.
Louie Louie | 347 Walworth Road, SE17 2AL
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