I had to write a full blog post for my recent visit to Ox and Finch as I didn’t think a couple of pictures and a few words on Facebook could justify just how fantastic an experience it was. Opening a little under a year ago, Ox and Finch, in the Finnieston area of Glasgow, is fast becoming one of those go-to places to eat. The foodie world seems to have come in droves, particularly after the restaurant was awarded the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand just a few months after opening it’s doors.
This was my second visit after dining with my lovely friend Heather last year when we met up for BBC Good Food Show Glasgow. It was the perfect end to a special weekend so I worried that retuning again would be different. You know that way when you’ve raved about a restaurant to someone, only to have eaten there again and suddenly you feel like you saw the whole thing through rose tinted glasses and the person now sitting opposite you is looking in that “Why have you taken me here??” way……
Fortunately, this was not the case and it was just as phenomenal as before. The atmosphere of a restaurant cannot be created or conjured up in an office of a PR company somewhere, it’s a beautiful combination of food, staff, other diners, and to a lesser degree for me anyway, the décor. Ox and Finch has a wonderful relaxed feel to it. There’s no chaos in the open kitchen, the staff are visible but not in your face, offering guidance to those unaware of the sharing plates menu on offer, all in all I love everything about the place.
After being shown to our table, I was drawn to the Wines of the Month blackboard and couldn’t help but love the name of their Red “Smoking Loon”. Having lived in the North East of Scotland for most of my life, I was more than aware that “Loon” was the name given to a young man or child from that area, and so, despite never ordering a glass of red wine in my life, we decided to order the carafe….. it was wonderful!
Ok, so you really want to know about the food, don’t you? Frankly, I don’t blame you. The menu offers Scottish and European in a small plates style and is split into Snacks; Raw, Cured and Cold; Seafood; Vegetables; Meat and Desserts….. Pretty good so far, right??
Mr Food Adventurer and I decided to plump for 3 dishes each and then see how we got on….. this turned out to be a wise move in the end! I went with Beetroot, Orange, Candied Pecans and Golden Cross Goats Cheese; Mushroom, Tarragon, Spinach and Tallegio Tart and Chips with Truffle Oil and Roasted Garlic Aioli…… Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Why the hell did she pick chips???” To which I would reply, “I dare you to order them and not turn into a drooling mess as you eat them”. Everything was just as good as I had hoped. My heart genuinely sang as the dishes were brought over to our table and I tucked in.
Mr Food Adventurer chose Sea Bream, Shredded Thai Salad, Chilli and Peanuts; Rabbit, Ham Hock, Foie Gras and Pistachio Terrine with Gingerbread & Pear and finally King Prawns, Harissa, Chickpeas, Parsley and Feta (your mouth watering yet??). All were given massive thumbs up across the table.
Despite being fit to burst at this point, we couldn’t help but cast our eyes back over the desserts. My attitude was that I probably might not get back to dine here for some time so I wasn’t about to leave without having something sweet to round things off! An order of Lemon and Earl Grey Baked Alaska (yes, it was as good as it sounds) was put in and we shared almost all of it before admitting defeat!
And so, with a full belly and a heavy heart, it was time to leave. I genuinely can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a meal out more. Yes, the company was rather fabulous but the food shone in every plate and I can’t wait to go back……
Luckily this shot doesn’t show me hanging from the door begging not to leave!
All opinions expressed are my own….. Mr Food Adventurer paid the bill 🙂
Melanie, Food Adventurer