The BBQ Club: Jimmy Garcia launches a DIY barbecue restaurant by the river

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GIY: Grill it yourself at The BBQ Club

Jimmy Garcia might just be London’s most prominent pop-up personality, having been laying on regular makeshift restaurants since 2013 — and pretty reliably selling them out, too.

Next month he will return to the capital’s culinary scene with his biggest project to date: a GIY, grill it yourself, barbecue restaurant on the South Bank.

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The BBQ Club will open at the Southbank Centre on Saturday May 20 and will comprise a two-storey restaurant and bar.

The lower level will serve drinks alongside a selection of dishes straight from the open grill, all for under £10 a pop. These will include charred monkfish with tarragon mayonnaise and dill pickled cucumber and steak and chips with chimchurri sauce.

Pop-up king: Jimmy Garcia

Upstairs the rooftop will offer a six-course menu with a difference. Here each table will have its own barbecue built into its centre, and guests will be encouraged to baste meats and grill dishes as they go — all the while being overseen by Jimmy and his team of chefs.

Dishes will include The Queenie Flower, a hand-dived Dorset scallop served with coal-baked cauliflower, hazelnut crumb and pickled red onion and Baa Baa Broccoli, a succulent lamb cutlet served with salsa verde, charred tenderstem broccoli and Sicilian anchovies.

There will be more grilling for pudding, with marshmallows distributed for grilling over table-top embers.

Drinks will have a DIY element, too. There will also be a rooftop honesty bar in operation, where diners can help themselves to gin cocktails, wine and and 10-pint beer kegs for the table.

Jimmy Garcia said: “We’ve hosted interactive cooking events before, some of which had over a 3 month waiting list, so we know that the ‘get stuck in’ concept is a big hit with diners.”

He added that at The BBQ Club chefs will “encourage diners to create BBQ dishes and combinations that most people wouldn't think possible at home on a barbecue.”

In case you're worried about the weather, there’s a retractable awning so not even some English summer rain will stop the grilling.

Visit bbqclub.co.

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