Monday, June 9, 2014

On the Roof with Q | London

A new pop-up restaurant just opened, and it's a verrry good one. Location: Selfridges rooftop. I love rooftops in London because they provide the perfect escape from the busy London streets and of course they are perfect for tanning while eating/drinking. And oh my.. the food here is even better than the view!
As true London foodies who want to see every new place that opens, Isabel and I went to Q last Monday. While we chatted over coffee & tea at the bar, waiters constantly passed by holding plates of amazing looking food. After seeing all this deliciousness we immediately decided to come back for lunch the next day. 

Though Q is just a temporary pop-up for the summer, there's a retractable roof in case it rains (which is often the case in London) - they thought of everything. When we arrived on Tuesday, the weather wasn't great but hey, if the food and company is good, nothing else matters right?

The menu is quite small but that doesn't mean making a decision is easy. The ingredients are mostly locally sourced and seasonal: light fresh salads and grilled meats are the main focus. The menu is quite different to any other restaurant I've been to, I'd say there's something for everyone's taste.

Isabel chose the Q smoked beets, kiln roast salmon & horseradish and I went for the chicken paillard, asparagus & salsa verde, some protein after my morning workout. 

Perfectly grilled tender chicken with a zingy salsa verde and fresh vegetables. 

Isabel's gorgeous looking dish also tasted the part! I love how the food is presented so beautifully and tastes as good as it looks. The priority of food should always be taste but if it pleases the eye then that makes the perfect meal for me. 

The side salad was simple: little gem lettuce, andives (not bitter!), cucumber and a good dressing.

The kitchen at the back: where all the magic happens ;) 

Some sweets in case you're more of an afternoon-tea person. 

Can you spot the candy-striped straws? I love this fun little detail which makes you feel like you're in a park. Your drink just tastes better when it comes with a fun straw, or is it just me? 

By the end of our lunch, the weather was great again so the roof went up. This system is genius; no need to run and hide when another shower comes along, just sit back and order another cocktail ;)

I'm a big fan of Q. No fuss, simple ingredients, beautiful and tasteful food. I wish this wasn't a temporary thing, I would gladly freeze my tail off in winter just so I could try out the whole menu. I'll be back for sure, it's perfect for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, drinks.. I could probably spend all day here. I'm sure this will be a very popular spot this summer, so get over there whenever you get a chance. -info here-

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