First of all, The Oxford Kitchen is definitely a place I will return to. We were in Oxford only for a few hours and therefore chose this restaurant for lunch. So, we haven't had the opportunity to check out the dinner menu. However, the lunch was already very promising.
We had a starters and mains: gazpacho, bream, some lamb and some salmon. The presentation of the dishes was beautiful and very appetizing. While the gazpacho lived up to the standard of this presentation, the bream pretty much failed for me. The fish itself was delicious and well prepared - no doubt about it - but the combination of flavors from the vegetables and some sort of mandarin reduction was not very well balanced. Of course, this is a matter of taste, but I think this certainly wasn't the best way to present bream. The fruity sweetness was not the elegant, subtle company it should be, but the dominante component, overriding the taste of the fish completely.
However, the main dishes (lamb shoulder and pan fried salmon) made up for this "difference in taste". Again, beautiful presentation and this time very well balanced, but still interesting flavors. The piperade was simply brilliant.
Considering that these two dishes come at a price of only £13.50 (!) I think there is no doubt about the outstanding value of this deal. I will definitely come back for dinner one time so that the restaurant can actually earn some money on me.
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