"Q Grill is a Camden journey worth making"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
After opening in early 2014 Camden’s Q Grill has made Chalk Farm Road a bit of a destination with its combination of stateside classics. With a charcoal grill and an in-house smoker it serves charred meats with authentic style. But while that represents the attraction for lunchtime and evening visits, a bona fide brunch menu has been put in place to appeal to the hungry morning wanderers.
Located behind a rusted old façade Q Grill keeps the stylishly weathered look going on within. Stained wood, smooth plaster and metal fixtures creates the look of an industrial country lodge – if such a thing exists – and bright leather booths and bar stools punctuate the place with flashes of colour. Housed in a spacious room, chances are you should generally be able to find a table without booking in advance – although busy brunch and dinner times might be a risk.
The food from the main menu is all BBQ, grilled meats and raw fish, which doesn’t seem like any kind of theme to us. However, take mains like bass and smoked rib tips, seabass ceviche and St Louis ribs and we’re sold. In fact, it would be plain rude not to try the smoked, grilled and raw triple to get the big picture of Q Grill. But alas, we visit for brunch so we make do with eggs Benedict, Bloody Mary and a generous buffet bar.
Disappointingly, the large eggs Benedict is overpriced at £11.50. The miniature muffins, limited bacon and masterful Hollandaise are excellent but undersized. The Buffet of cured meats, croissants, pastries, muffins, granola and fruit is great - who doesn’t like a counter filled with breakfast food that you can help yourself to? - and we would happily see that trend catch on. The menu also includes the Josper fry-up, scrambled eggs, grilled broccoli and mushrooms with duck egg and cured hot salmon. Prices are around £6/£7 a dish which makes the majority of the menu good value in such a well thought-out interior.
Our favourite thing about the Q Grill brunch is the do-it-yourself Bloody Mary station. Once you are served your vodka it’s up to you to decide how you take it. Pickles, wasabi, horseradish, lemon, lime, Tabasco, capers, celery and salt are all part of the decision in creating your work of art.
Brunch, lunch or dinner, G Grill has the smoked, the grilled and the raw waiting for you, which makes a journey to the new Camden/Kentish Town foodie strip one worth making.
T.A.O reviewed Q Grill on Fri 10 Oct 2014