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The Q in the name references BBQ, and this eatery from ex-Caprice Holdings CEO Des McDonald celebrates all things smoky and grilled. Bare wood, dishevelled metal, hanging cleavers and industrial lighting contribute to a carefully created, shabby-chic design that feels ripe for a roll-out. Salads and raw dishes provide the warm-up acts on a menu that has Deep South soul, but is willing to travel: steak tartare wins points for its judicious use of spice and capers, while tuna crudo with avocado and pomegranate is a textural funfair. To follow, a sumptuously moist pit-roast half-chicken hits the spot – although the same can’t be said of the signature rack of ribs, which was dry and devoid of stickiness when we visited. Still, the bourbon-infused pecan pie makes amends, while the drinks list runs to diverse cocktails and locally brewed Camden Town beers. In short, a fun prospect that could be a class act with a little more polish.


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  1. Porky’s larger, better looking but shallower neighbour

    You wait months for a new American-style barbecue restaurant in London and two arrive at the same time. Q Grill in Camden arrives hot on the heels of One Sixty in West Hampstead, but while One Sixty has a fairly short, focussed menu, the menu at Q Grill lurches around like the leery drunks on the streets outside. A handful of barbecue dishes are joined by everything from a burger and a hot dog to steak tartare and even a ceviche.

    A meandering, wiffley-waffley menu doesn’t fill me with confidence, but at least the service was friendly and reasonably...
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  1. Published : Monday, 21 April 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Q Grill, Camden

    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 stair...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 1 April 2014

    Gingle lists everything :: Q Grill, 23rd March

    Reviewing a place while it is in its soft launch might not be entirely fair. But I'm going to do it anyway. However, please do bear in mind that it WAS their first week and so I'm sure any little niggles will soon be resolved.I hadn't intended on heading to Q Grill so soon after its opening but we happened to be in the area (after seeing the Scene and Heard plays) so it seemed silly not to take advantage of the 50% discount!Stephen and I did our usual of ordering a couple of things to share. The menu isn't exactly extensive but each of the seven or so choices under each section sound so good that it took a while for...
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  1. What makes Q Grill, Camden truly special is that it comes armed with its very own charcoal pit grill and oven house Jasper smoker, essentially a purpose built grill and smoker inspired by the smoking and barbecuing traditions of the Deep South. This means that we’re talking about some serious soul food from Memphis, Tennessee. Q Grill means business when it comes to meat and offers a selection of American dishes with a Southern and English feel. All meat dishes are carefully prepared and marinated with their own Q cajun seasonings which is then grilled and smoked for optimum smoky richness. Q Grill also serves a range...
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Private Dining at Q Grill

Q Grill in Camden offers flexible party and dining party and dining spaces make it the ideal spot to host groups and events for 10 to 125 guests. Our great value group menus are packed with the best seasonal produce, lots of locally sourced ingredients with meat and fish dishes prepared with our very own light BBQ rubs and seasonings, from just £25 (£35 for Christmas) Q Grill are capable of accommodating your every requirement, be it a bespoke bar, a projector screen or a sound system.


Mezz Area - Q Grill’s semi private area offers flexible seating for up to 60 guests. Beautifully styled, overlooking the restaurant, your event will be hosted privately with buzz of the restaurant providing atmosphere. Group dining menus start at just £25 (£35 for Christmas)


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  • Address: 29-33 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AJ
  • Telephone: 020 3463 7488
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-11.30pm (Fri -12M) Sat 10am-12M Sun 11.30am-10.30pm

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