“ 35-36 Oxford Street, Southampton, SO15 3DS,Tel:+44 23 8022 4444 „
A few of us from work were recently treated by our boss to a slap up dinner at this restaurant. When he said he would be taking us out for a meal we thought it would be a chinese or indian, however we were spoilt at this lovely restaurant!
**Who are they**
Oxfords is a clasically designed bar and restaurant located in the popular dining area of Oxford Street in Southampton. They specialise in lunch and dinner menus with a good range of modern British food.
They are open seven days a week and have a great website where you can view their menus and wine lists (www.oxfordsrestaurant.com).
You can either book by phone or by e-mail via their website. We went on a Thursday night and it wasn't very busy but booking is advisable on Friday and Saturday nights as they do get very busy.
**Examples of main dishes from the dinner menu**
Cornfed chicken breast, marinated in garlic and lemon with fondant potatoes and chargrilled corgettes (£13.50)
Confit of duck on spring onion mash with fine green beans (£12.95)
Fillets of seabass, cream leeks, sundried tomato mash and parmesan crisps (£14.50)
Roasted butternut squash, mediterranean vegetables with pecorino shavings (£10.50)
First impression are so important and I certainly was impressed when I first walked into this restaurant. The first thing you see is a long bar, virtually the width of the restaurant, made of wood with wine stacked neatly in smaller wooden boxes behind the bar. This is quite a large restaurant and the area has a few partitions to slightly separate the bar area with the main eating area.
The decor was fairly neutral with a few tastelful artistic pictures scattered along the walls. The lighting level was lovely, not too dark so you could see what you were eating and not too light that you feel like you are in a fast food restaurant!
After a drink at the bar we were shown to our table and after drooling over the menu we placed our orders! For my starter I chose braised ham hock and chicken terrine with toasted brioche and picallilli. For main I chose locally farmed belly of pork with braised savoy cabbage on wholegrain mustard mash.
The service was fairly prompt and our starters were served in about twenty minutes. I was curious to see what my toasted brioche was but basically it was just small squares of toast! The taste was lovely though and not too heavy as a starter. The combination of the meat terrine, toast and picallili is not one I would ever of thought of but it really worked!
A couple of glasses of the deliscious Rioja later our mains were served. The portion size was really good. As this is a fairly upmarket restaurant I was expecting a meal the size of my fist as they tend to be quailty rather than quality! This was a proper bowl full of pork, mash and loads of lovely sauce! there was a lot of fat on the pork which was to be expected and I am not a fan of this. There was however plenty of meat and I was in carnivore heaven! The mustard mash was lovely and creamy and the veg cooked to perfection.
After my two courses I was far too full to even manage a pudding! My colleagues did manage to find the room and they had some deliscious looking tarts and cakes!
Although this restarant is a little pricey I would highly recommend it. The food is divine and the setting is lovely and relaxing. A few of my colleagues turned up in jeans and shirts and they weren't frowned upon so it's not too posh!
The staff were really friendly and attentive. The wine was also very good but the water provided on the table was a bit of a different story, it was awful! I thought that maybe it was something in my meal that had altered my sense of taste however everyone else thought it tasted a bit strange! If it had not been for this I would have rated five stars!
Overall a great night out!