Queens of ‘Cue, Peckham

August 14, 2011


Queens of Cue

***Queen’s of Cue is now closed***

Last night, I went to check out the Queens of ‘Cue supper club/underground restaurant/whatever you want to call it, in Peckham. At 6.30pm, we found ourselves wandering around what seemed like a derelict yard off the Old Kent Road, BYO booze in hands, lost and slightly confused. The signs, they are small.

Eventually though we came across a precarious metal staircase and ascended to a vast, bright studio (one of the hosts is an artist), stopped briefly to wallow in envy and then followed our noses outside to find 3 BBQ’s on the go, one stuffed with beef ribs, the other grilling steak, various pots and pans bubbling on top. An excellent (spiky and tart) caipirinha was thrust into our hands and we munched on ‘giobada and queijo toasts’, which were in fact little chewy, cheesy buns, kind of like savoury scones, with home-made cheese and a guava paste exactly like membrillo, but obviously made with guava. The theme of the evening was Brazilian you see, and they’d gone to town on making things ‘authentic’.


The steak had come from a Brazilian butcher in Brixton; they’d intended to buy it from the East London Steak Co. but felt a pang of local loyalty post-riots and decided to support a local business instead. Good on them I say. We helped ourselves to salad from the table and demolished slices of perfectly cooked, butter-tender steak. The flavour of the meat was excellent (I’d been a bit dubious for some reason) with a moreish, properly seasoned crust.

The ribs had come from the East London Steak Co. after all and were huge; a peek under the BBQ hood on arrival had got me very excited. In the end they could have done with a bit more cooking to be honest; I’m not against a chewy rib believe me but they were very large and a bit hard to eat. That said, great flavour, great rub and fantastic sides of feijoada (a rich stew of beans with beef and chorizo), rice with sweetcorn and peas and a healthy serving of kale. Oh how I love the iron intensity of kale.

An unexpected watermelon granita filled a gap and preceded a creme caramel made with condensed milk because, “almost everything in Brazil is made with condensed milk.” There was coffee to finish, served with obscenely good chocolate truffles which we wolfed before staggering out into the night to our taxi.

So, I would recommend Queens of ‘Cue to locals and non-locals alike. One guy said he “hated South London” after he’d had a hard time travelling from Dalston. Did he go via the moon? “You’re talking to the wrong woman mate” I hissed through gritted teeth.

The evenings each have a different theme; ours was a ‘cow feast’ and the next is ‘fish’ (3rd September) followed by ‘game and venison’ (17th September). It’s £25 and BYO booze. There’s a lot of food for your money (seconds were offered too), the hosts are charming and interesting, the studio space is great and you get to wander around a ramshackle yard in the dark, pissed, looking for a questionably plumbed toilet in an outhouse. That last bit doesn’t sound appealing? Oh come on, where’s your sense of adventure…

Queens of ‘Cue, Peckham
£25 pp, BYO booze
Address available after booking, see blog for details

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    Reply Kavey August 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Sounds bloody marvellous to me!
    Shall add it to my ever growing list of places I fancy visiting. It’s as long as an orangutan’s arm now but I keep adding!

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    Reply Ruth Anthony August 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Helen,

    Thanks for the review – a fair appraisal, and considering the perils of upscaling quantities I think I’ll stick to cooking short ribs for under 10 people for the moment – or until I can afford a Bradley, or WSM or some such fancy industrial smoking device!

    If you fancy doing Picanha I recomend those lovely Brixton Brazilians, they are just past Franco Manca in Brixton Village

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    Reply Ruth Anthony August 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Gah, recommend. I hate spelling errors

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    Reply Helen August 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    The ribs still tasted delicious and everything else was fantastic so I hope I didn’t upset you by saying they were chewy. You pulled off a fantastic evening.

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    Reply Gin and Crumpets August 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Sounds brilliant – the game night sound particularly tempting. And I’d have poked the Dalstonite with very hard with a chewed rib bone. can;t have them east Londoners coming round our way, lowering the tone of the neighbourhood and complaining about it to boot. Tsk.

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    Reply Ruth Anthony August 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Not at all – I agree they were a bit chewy – not what I was aiming for. I found it was too hard to control the temperature properly with that much meat on the bbq. They were in for four hours, but I had to open the lid and shuffle them all around so much that much of the heat escaped.

    Learning curves eh. ; ]

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    Reply Natasha Card August 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Please let me know if you need help sourcing game. We have masses of wild venison up here as well as all the usual suspects. (We are in Suffolk)

    Thanks for all the inspiration ……x

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    Reply Meat and Two Veg August 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Does look like a huge amount of fun and another reason to travel south.

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    Reply Victoria Glass August 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I went to this! The food was so delicious! Really shame I didn’t get to meet you as I’m a big fan of your blog x

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    Reply miss south August 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Oooh this sounds great. And I love that it wasn’t all perfect like a restaurant. I think a supper club should be like a dinner party with mates where things get tried out and discovered and somethings you do again and others you giggle about and try to forget. Hearing that bits of it were flying by the seat of their pants excites me more than any other local supper club…

    Plus yes to the Brazilian butcher in Market Row. They are aces. The meat is excellent and you can get big bags of chicken hearts and gizzards for barbeque fun times!

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    Reply Belle August 18, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Now that is a menu I can get behind!

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