Posted on Tuesday, 26th May 2015
A guest post by Food Porn Nation.
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 of southern comfort favourites such as macaroni and cheese, fried buttermilk chicken, beef hash and cheesy grits, just to name a few.
We began our meal with the sticky hen wings with Bourbon BBQ sauce (£7.75) which was absolutely delicious. They were perfectly moist, tender and falling off the bone with a lovely charred surface and smokey undertone. The addition of extra house made BBQ sauce made these wings even more exceptional. Sweet, sticky and smokey, simply scrumptious.
The Maryland crab cake with Old Bay creamed horseradish was another tasty starter (£9.75). This arrived with a beautiful crispy crumb coating and was filled with delicious pieces of crab meat filling which balanced nicely with the cool creamy sharpness of the horseradish cream.
I absolutely adored the whole St Louis cut pig ribs (£18.00). These ribs were marinated in the Q house seasoning and salt and pepper seasoning for 12 hours (dry rub) to be later grilled and smoked before serving. The result is beautifully tender pork ribs, that are deliciously smoked and charred from the grill and smoking process. The result is unlike no other and incredibly flavoursome due to the laborious cooking process and the addition of the house made BBQ sauce makes it truly spectacular.
The fried buttermilk chicken with blue cheese sauce (£12.00) was another tasty dish. The chicken was surprisingly tender with a delicious crispy delicate exterior coating. The blue cheese sauce was not like your typical blue cheese sauce which are usually thick and creamy. This was runnier and tangy with the inclusion of vinegar, but it still made for a delicious yet light dipping sauce. The accompanying deep fried pickles had a lovely textural contrast of crunchiness and a softness from within. These were delicious when they arrived fresh and piping hot.
To accompany the fried buttermilk chicken, it was recommended that we order the spiced cornbread waffle with Maple whipped butter (£3.50) from the starters. Apparently a lot of the folks from the States order their buttermilk chicken with the cornbread waffle to recreate their Southern favourite of fried chicken and waffles. This was a great way to sample this sweet and savoury American favourite. I highly recommend it.
For the sides, we chose the parmesan truffle fries (£4.00) and green beans with smoke aioli (£3.75) both were delicious sides with bold punchy flavours.
If you are after a smokey rich BBQ that honours the traditional cooking methods of the deep south, then this is where you need to be. Expect bold rich hearty flavours to unearth your closet carnivore within.
1) St Louis Pork Ribs
2) House made BBQ sauce was incredibly flavourful
3) The cornbread waffle with Maple whip butter
4) Sticky hen wings with Bourbon BBQ sauce
1) If I had to dislike something it would be blue cheese sauce. I would have preferred the typical blue cheese sauces like they do in America, thick and creamy but it was still very tasty!
Food rating: 4/5
Service rating: 4/5
Prices: £15 to £20 for a main and a side, excludes drinks and service.