First opened in 2008, Cattle Grid had a much-needed refurbishment in February 2014. The new look is prettier and more modern, but it’s still a small restaurant set on two floors facing Balham rail station.
Cattle Grid predates the barbecue and burger craze of recent years, and when compared to the very latest trend-setters, its food offer can seem a little staid. But our welsh rarebit and bacon burger was decent even though the meat was slightly too well done, and the half rack of ribs were nicely glazed, though we could scarcely detect the promised peri peri sauce. Our main criticism was that the chips were undercooked and limp; engaging service helped buck up what might otherwise have been an underwhelming experience.
There are now branches in Battersea, Kingston and Windsor. Their nearby chicken rotisserie branch, Poulet Rouge, closed one year after opening (in 2015).