Located on Chalk Farm Road in Camden, Q Grill is the latest venture from professional Jason Statham look-a-like, I mean restaurateur, Des McDonald – he also owns The Fish and Chip Shop and Holborn Dining Room, both of which I love.
It was a large and beautifully done-out restaurant. There was a long bar with comfy stool seats to the right hand side, large semi-circular booths to the left and an open plan kitchen out the back, plus even more seating round the corner and up the stairs.
To start, my gentleman companion went for the waffle, sweet cured bacon and maple syrup (£6.50). There’s something about bacon and waffles which is so bloody lovely and here it was exactly that; proper diabetes-inducing comfort food. The bacon could have been a bit more plentiful though.
I went for the bag of barbecued Cornish hen wings (£6.50) which were served in a takeaway bag a bit like you get from Domino’s. The wings were big old beggars with seriously moist and juicy flesh and a moreishly soft and gelatinous skin.
For main I couldn’t resist ordering the whole Josper ribs (£17.50 or £9 for half) which were absolutely ginormous. The flavour was incredible but sadly they were served cold so had to be sent back to the kitchen. Once returned, with steam coming off them this time, they were divine and easily the best ribs I’ve come across. The meat retained its texture yet was still soft and succulent and the sweet, sticky barbecue sauce they were glazed in was in no way sickly.
My gentleman companion opted for the Kielbasa hot dog (£8.50) which seemed great value as it was huge. The sausage was really tasty and had the perfect amount of grease and spice that you’d hope for from a proper hot dog. Both sides of seasoned fries and scrumpy fried onions (£3.50 each) were the perfect accompaniments for all the meat we were shoving in our gobs.
For dessert we decided to share the Bulleit bourbon pecan tart (£7.75) which took an awfully long time to arrive. This boozy little tart was worth the wait however; sweet, nutty, treacly and with a serious wallop of bourbon, there was nothing not to love.
Our lunch wasn’t without its faults but they were easily forgiven considering how enjoyable the food was – those Josper ribs really were good. There’s plans for a few more Q Grills (and some more Fish and Chip Shops too) across London which I can only see as a good thing. But for now, if I’m in Camden and in need of some meat, I’ll know where to head to…