- Location: OXO Brasserie, OXO Tower, Southwark, London
- Date of Visit: Sunday 24th January 2016
- Time of Table:45pm
- Deal Bought From: Bookatable
- Deal Price: £30 per person
- Dinner Companion: Twin sister, Jess
Getting More for your Money?
This dinner deal includes:
- 3 course meal from the Winter Feast Menu
What we ate…
- Starter: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- Main: Slow Cooked Duck Leg with Lentils and Winter Vegetables
- Side: Truffle Mash (extra)
- Dessert: Dark Chocolate Tart with Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- Starter: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- Main: Roasted Cod, Cuttlefish and Butter Bean Stew
- Side: Chips
- Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Rum Sauce and Clotted Cream
What we drank…
- House Cocktail Each
- Glass of house white wine each (extra)
What did we think?
I have long wanted to eat at this imposingly iconic London statue, the OXO Tower. Situated only a 10 minute walk from Southwark tube station, the OXO Tower building spreads lavishly next to the River Thames, a stone’s throw from the Millennium Bridge, the view across the water of the breath taking St Paul’s, the sunset gathering colours behind the regally domed head. Although the lipstick red initials stacked vertically on the tower’s top have made it a signpost of London, oddly enough from the ground below you can’t even spot the trademark letters – it seems the OXO Tower contains a lot more than I thought!
Heading up to the eighth floor, I was here on one of my acclaimed twin dates, with my sister Jess. We had spotted a rather decent deal on Booktable, where you could nab a three course meal and a cocktail for a mere £30 – in central London, it seemed too much of a bargain to pass up, let alone the fact it was in a renowned location too. Arriving at the OXO Brasserie, you are instantly made to feel like a VIP, your coat swiftly disappearing into the cloakroom in exchange for a ticket, a waiter showing you to your table from a central reception desk, manned by specialist staff and swamped in scenic, atmospheric blue light. On arrival at your table, your eyes can’t help but be drawn to the extensive glass wall that cover the sides of the restaurant, showcasing rooftop views of urban London, with glimpses of St Paul’s to boot. Lit up in the dark night, it’s just another reason why I love our capital.
Our deal including a three course meal, to be chosen from a set menu. There was definitely enough choice on the menu, covering vegetarian, meat and fish options for the savoury dishes, and covering either chocolate or fruit for the dessert. While we were mulling over our choices, we were presented with our cocktail – we didn’t have any say in what cocktail we were receiving so it was very lucky that it happened to be one we liked! With a dash of raspberry tones and a bit of fizz, I promptly forgot the detailed explanation from the waiter – I just enjoyed the fruity zing and fresh bubbly flavour. We also ordered a glass of the house white wine each to enjoy with our meal.
Perusing the menu, starter simply had to be the butternut squash soup. A decadently thick and creamy consistency, the soup had a spicy, paprika tone that really brought out the flavour of the autumnal butternut squash, and I really loved the juxtaposition of flavour and texture that the dollop of cream and sprinkling of pumpkin seeds encouraged. The spiced tones really made this a stand out soup for me, and I also couldn’t resist a bit of mopping with the chunky ciabatta style bread that was brought around beforehand, served from a rustic style
For my main course, I had chosen duck – a meat I love but don’t really eat that much at home. Served straight of the leg, the meat was so tender and succulent that it simply fell away at a mere prod of my fork, revealing the pink and soft meat underneath the crispy exterior of skin. The flavour was rich and similar to game, the meat left simply to cook in its own juices – an unfussy and simplistic style of cooking executed to perfection. The duck was sat atop a layer of lentils, adding a stew like feel to the dish. The winter vegetables were rather an unequal ratio, containing one lone carrot and one shallot, although the greenery was definitely present and correct. To go alongside my main dish, I had opted for one of the optional side dishes for an extra £5 – quite a lot for a portion of mash, however the fact that it was truffle mash definitely made up for it, especially when I saw the generous portion size too. Wonderfully creamy and smooth the truffle flavouring was spot on, giving a full bodied taste yet not overpowering the dish in the slightest. Everything
worked together perfectly and the portion size in general was ideal too. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and you could tell the quality was up to par.
No meal would be complete without a spot of dessert and being the chocoholic fiend that I am, I had to go for the chocolate tart. The pastry bottom was incredibly firm and buttery, providing a solid base for the rich, dark chocolate filling that was also more of a solid. Its firmness accentuated the deep chocolate flavour that was full on cocoa. To add a spot of lightness, the tart was sat on top of a decorative swirl of caramel goodness, a scoop of peanut butter ice cream snuggled next to the slice. Speared into the flesh of the tart was also a shard of crisp and crunchy peanut brittle – a really nice twist that added an unexpected layer to the texture, so you had the barely wielding squidge of the tart, the oozing chill of the ice cream and the harsh bite of the brittle, the nuts acting as the perfect accent to the chocolate. All in all, it was a lovely dessert that was well thought out and prepared.
I would love to visit the OXO Brasserie again, as the food really excelled in my opinion. Despite having an early dinner at 5.45pm, the restaurant was busy and thriving, which may have contributed to our slow service, although staff were pleasant. Three courses and a cocktail for £30 sounds like a decent bargain to me, especially for central London and an iconic building to boot. The fact that the portion sizes could actually fill me up was a bonus too and the quality was superb – each dish had a simple foundation yet a magic twist and I really enjoyed the combination of flavours and texture present. The cocktail was lovely although I think it would have been nice to have been given a choice of what we were drinking – I enjoyed it but other diners may not have. It wouldn’t do any harm to add it onto the set menu more officially. All in all, delicious food, great company and a deal too! When can we next go?