For a luxurious bar experience head to 41 Buckingham Gate in Westminster as Q Bar at Michelin starred restaurant Quilon promises
the very best in south Indian bar snacks, refreshing cocktails and fine wines.
If you like to keep it regal then Q Bar at Quilon is for you; located just down the road from Buckingham Palace itself, this
tastefully presented venue offers a comfortable setting for a post-work drink or mid-week business lunch. Dark browns and greys
predominate in the classy, polished interior, with carpeted floors creating comfort underfoot and candles flickering in the dark
wooden panelling on the wall for atmospheric effect. The bar is attached to the entrance foyer and allows a peek into the restaurant
behind, whilst still maintaining a certain allure of its own.
On arrival in the early evening you’d be forgiven for thinking the atmosphere a little quiet and clinical, however, give it an hour
or two and the restaurant is sure to fill up with a smart and suited clientele. Service is impeccable, as you would expect from such an establishment, with every need
attended to, be it clearing an empty glass or filling up a dish with more plantain chips. Smart and sophisticated are definitely the
buzzwords at Q Bar at Quilon.
Make sure you sample some of the delights of the (very reasonably priced) bar snack menu when you visit Q Bar at Quilon. Ranging from
£3.50-£8.00, the menu is neatly divided into non-vegetarian and vegetarian options and offers some tempting delicacies, which really
whet the appetite for the full restaurant experience. Served on dainty wooden platters with palm leaf cones to hold the food, the
attention to detail at Q Bar is nothing short of superlative. If you’re a meat eater, opt for crispy fried silver fish, which are
crunchy, salty little things served with a hot chilli dip, or minced spiced shrimps with tapioca crust, which have a piquant bite to
them. Regardless of whether you’re vegetarian or not, semolina chips with tomato onion chutney and steamed soya and black eyed bean
tempered with spices are both a must; expect succulent, melt in the mouth semolina chips and fresh, delicious mouthfuls of beans with
a chilli kick. Our last piece of advice? Make sure you order at least four dishes between two.
Q Bar at Quilon boasts an exceptionally well stocked bar. Choose from an extensive range of world, British or vintage beers, which
range from £5 right up to the £14 mark, with some unusual and eye-catching Fuller’s blends for the ale drinker. If you’re going for
cocktails, then the mango bellini or caipirinha are both refreshing option (£10 and £8 respectively). Non-alcoholic options are also
catered for, with a delicious selection of mocktails for about £6 if you’re staying dry. The spirits menu is one that could be pored
over all day, with a particularly excellent whisky selection (single malts, Irish, Japanese, American and rest of the world all
listed). Wine is, similarly, an extensive twelve page affair, divided into flavour categories so you can really pinpoint exactly what
you’re after, whether it’s fresh, fragrant, dry, Mediterranean, or firm and classically structured, every taste is catered for.
Prices start at £20 a bottle and go right up to £515, though there are a good number in the £30-£40 range. The Dreissigacker Estate
Riesling, (£39) is highly recommended; it’s fruity, full bodied and very drinkable, both with and without food.
The Last Word
Q Bar at Quilon provides a taste of the Michelin starred restaurant experience at a fraction of the price with a delicious array of
bar snacks, exceptional range of drinks and a refined atmosphere to suit city professionals and gourmands alike.