I am not a tapas person. I'm old school and prefer a beginning, middle and end to my meals. I find ordering of tapas dishes slightly confusing - never sure if I've ordered too little or too much and as the meal progresses forgetting what is still to come. The small portions are at times insufficient.
After eating at Ox and Angela I might be undergoing a conversion - if I can find any others of this genre like it. This is truly an excellent restaurant and in my experience the best that I have experienced in Calgary and one of the best that I have eaten at in Canada. It is probably sacrilegious to say that I enjoyed Ox and Angela more than any of the restaurants in Spain that I have visited over the years. I will probably be banned from Spain now.
Every one of the dishes that we ordered was creative, well-presented, flavorful and a pleasure to eat. This was the unanimous feeling of all the members of our party. I won't even try to single out one over the other. Everything was delicious and there is enough variety to satisfy almost every preference.
I was still a bit confused with the ordering process and who ordered what as the dishes arrived at the table. In the end we shared everything and ordered "refills" as needed. In the end, nobody was left hungry.
The restaurant offers a relatively extensive wine list representing the major wine producing countries and we went for a couple of bottles of a Bordeaux melange - great!
My dessert was, expectedly, a slight letdown. I gave churros another chance and they were well made, but they remain what they are - fried dough with a nice chocolate sauce. I won't try them again.
Service was professional, friendly and knowledgeable.
The place is a little noisy, but I didn't feel that this was a significant issue. At the same time it might be problematical for an intimate tete a tete. Apart from that, the decor is pleasing and the seating comfortable.
We will undoubtedly go back to Ox and Angela and recommend it wholeheartedly to others.
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