Top 7 quick eats before the iTunes Festival

Where to grab a decent bite without being late for your big freebie night at the Roundhouse

Meze platter at My Village Cafe
Meze platter at My Village Cafe
The annual win-a-ticket iTunes bonanza is in full swing this month at Chalk Farm’s Roundhouse, with the likes of Kasabian, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Kylie, Elbow and Pharrell all set to wow locals and Londoners alike.

But, with a 7.45pm start, there isn’t, alas, much time for the post-work crowd to cram in dinner too. So here’s a handful of speedy choices, all for around tenner, many including a drink:

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Coco Bamboo

What? The Caribbean/Brazilian good times spot has moved up the hill a bit
Quickest bite? Decent tapas menu. Try the creamy salt cod fritters (£4.50)
Timecheck? Allow at least 30 mins, but it’s downhill at the way afterwards
Where? 83a Haverstock Hill, NW3


Made, downstairs at Roundhouse
Made, downstairs at Roundhouse

What? Stylish modern Brit brasserie cum bar in the Roundhouse
Quickest bite? Set iTunes menu with main plus wine/beer (think sea bream or braised pork belly in cider) £12.95
Timecheck? Allow 30, then walk up the stairs when you’re done
Where? Roundhouse Chalk Farm Road, NW1

My Village Café

What? Surprisingly bohemian candle-lit hangout; more Berlin than Camden Town
Quickest bite? Grab a meze platter for £6 (see main pic)
Timecheck? 20 mins, if you tell them you’re in a hurry
Where? 37 Chalk Farm Road, NW1

Swift counter service, Q Grill
Swift counter service, Q Grill

Early Bird Café

What? Useful cafe with underwhelming logo right next to Chalk Farm tube
Quickest bite? A filling salad box comes in under a fiver
Timecheck? From tube to gig in 15 mins
Where? 2-3 Chalk Farm Parade, NW3

Q Grill

What? Artfully distressed BBQ joint with low-key exterior
Quickest bite? Bar snacks. Try buttermilk fried chicken in blue cheese sauce £4.50
Timecheck? Sit at the counter and be done in 30 mins
Where? 29-33 Chalk Farm Road

Joe’s Bar

What? The best hot dogs in da ‘hood
Quickest bite? See above, they’re about £4 a pop
Timecheck? Allow 15 mins as the bar is always packed
Where? 78-79 Chalk Farm Road, NW1

Pieminister: possibly the quickest option of all
Pieminister: possibly the quickest option of all


What? Bristolian free-range pastry kings
Quickest bite? All are £4.50. How about an autumnal Deerstalker (venison, bacon and lentil)?
Timecheck? Eat on the hoof, and it’s a 5 min job
Where? 21-22 Chalk Farm Road NW1


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