Queen's - CLOSED

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A proper restaurant from Brockley Market regulars Mike & Ollie.

Please note, Queen's has now closed. Time Out Food editors, July 2017.

Mike & Ollie have been doing their street food thing at Brockley Market since 2011, drawing admirers aplenty with their stuffed Lebanese-style flatbreads. Now, they’ve put down roots just up the road, in a slick new restaurant on Camberwell Church Street. It’s a bright, attractive space with whitewashed walls, one of which features a huge, line-drawn rendition of a piece by Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, depicting a bearded man holding a yacht above his head. His isn’t the only furry face present – between the simple, functional plywood furniture and the short menu of mightily spiced sharing plates, this is every bit the archetypal hipster hangout, so do as the locals do and start with a hazy-bodied organic wine or a local beer.

Just about every dish shone in one way or another. Pumpkin with cumin-heavy lentils and silky yoghurt; sweet, earthy beetroot manti (Turkish dumplings); lamb chops with well-charred aubergine; perfectly pink deer loin with kale and walnuts – I considered a second helping of each. Frustratingly, though, it was the simpler things that Queen’s struggled with. Fried potatoes arrived disappointingly un-crispy; a house gin and tonic served a touch warm. It’s not cheap, either. Stray from the vegetarian options and dinner for two can easily hit triple figures. A £16 helping of Cornish crab with sweet and sour relish equates to around £8 per mouthful, while the sole dessert option of chocolate tart with marmalade is equally premium, at £7 per sliver.

But then again, just because Mike & Ollie made their name flogging takeaway wraps from a trestle table, doesn’t mean they’re not entitled to have a crack at a more upmarket operation. Their experience has served them well, and, for the most part, Queen’s is a royally good restaurant.

By: David Clack

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Moved out of the area a few years ago but have been dying to come back to visit Queen's ever since.


We went everything on the menu and most dishes took us on a culinary trip full of bold flavour and intriguing texture. My favourite were the beetroot dumplings

Not much choice on the sweet front but the cinnamon ice cream and candied nuts were safe but delicious.

We had the house white which was excellent.
tastemaker

A lovely, relatively new place in Camberwell (SE5). I booked a table for two via e-mail. The service was extremely friendly and I have received an answer within an hour! I had to rebook it for another day which went very smoothly as well.

The service was very good and quite prompt, however, we had to wait a little bit too long until someone asked us if we wanted another drink.

The food is outstanding - tasty, fresh, original! Only sharing dishes; we have ordered two small plates and one large and that was just enough. I am not quite sure what we had - combination beetroot manti, butternut squash, falafel. First class. I also loved the gin cocktail.

The place is cozy, quite romantic (candle light), and tiny - make sure you book your table if you are planning a dinner on Friday or Saturday.

4 stars as it is quite pricey for Camberwell and not too massive portions. 


Quality of food was amazing, the ambience and staff were just tops.Quirky little restaurant with a big heart.


Mind-blowingly creative and delicious food and a unique addition to Camberwell.


Great food and service. Innovative menu. But been trying to book for a second visit and nobody responds to website email after several days--the only way to book according to website. Frustrating. 

Tastemaker

A minimalistic new boutique style restaurant on Camberwell high street.  We went as a 4 and made it simple by ordering the entire menu to share - sounds excessive but there are only about 10 dishes on the menu.  The food is undeniably good, the flat breads are light and fluffy and we we had only good things to say about each of the dishes brought out.  My only criticism is the food came out after about 5 minutes of us ordering and we were being asked to leave about an hour later so it all felt rather rushed and there wasn’t much time to just relax and enjoy the evening.


Great food and lovely service.  My friend and I, both locals, went on a Wednesday night during their second week of trading (they're currently open Wed-Sat only, extending to Sunday in the new year) and the food was delicious, with a short but interesting menu that they expect to change with the seasons.  The beetroot manti with curd cheese was particularly good, as was the wine, and the flatbreads and pickles were to die for.  Also, though I was with a friend on that occasion, it's good to see that they've got a counter designed for single diners - makes me more likely to pop in on spec without a social excuse!