Q Grill: Tennessee meets Camden
Billed as “Memphis, Tennessee meets Camden Town” Q Grill may lack the glamour of McDonald’s previous venture but it makes up for that with the sweet tasting BBQ flavours of a traditional Memphis-style Smokehouse. Entering this restaurant on Chalk Farm Road you’ll first notice the laid-back atmosphere and then the rustic wooden bar that takes centre stage.
"With a kitchen headed up by Phil Eagle - formerly Head Chef of Hix and sous-chef of Le Caprice..."
Seated in a leather booth by the open kitchen, we eventually turned our eyes away from the Deep South barn interiors and towards the menu. Bypassing the usual indecision, we swiftly resolved to share moonshine shrimps with chipotle sauce and tuna crudo with bashed avocado. Lightly battered, the shrimp quickly vanished amidst nods of approval but the tuna - lightly garnished in pomegranate molasses - clearly won the first round.
Accompanied by a 60s rock soundtrack we advanced to the mains where our carnivorous instincts led us to the ‘Grill’ section; I opted for the Josper Ribs while my co-dinner settled on the NY Strip Steak. With a kitchen headed up by Phil Eagle - formerly Head Chef of Hix and sous-chef of Le Caprice - it was no surprise to find both these dishes cooked to perfection. Accompanied by creamed corn, fried onion rings and house slaw (be prepared to get a little carried away too) this meat lovers feast went down a treat on both sides of the table.
Utterly defeated we couldn’t quite muster the appetite to sample the deserts, but with temptations such as banoffee cheesecake and Louisville lemonade jello on offer you’d be wise to leave a little space.