Ox in Oxford Street Belfast is a refreshing addition to the eating out option in Northern Ireland.
I had lubnch there the week before and it was so good I booked twhile I was there to come out for dinner. Arrived on Tuesday night at 7:30p.m. and the place was quite busy, greeted by Alain (ex Maitre'd of Deans Howard Street) and shown to a table near the window.
I expected the room to be quite noisy being on a main road and being a big space a little 'cold' but the very opposite was the case a cosy environment, interesting views out the window and quite intimate, it will be interesting to see how the room develops and evolves.
We had a looka the menu and liking most things we decided to opt for the tasting menu with wine options - I asked what was on it, I was told it was a surprise and so it turned out.
Our taster was a surprise - oyster on a slice of beetroot with salmon tartare and squid ink - light subtle and delicious, I finished my galss of champagne with this and it was an ideal match.
The taster menu has an option of a vegetarian taster only and we are going to try this next time because our starter was fantastic, home fermented whey and radish, leaves and onion galette - I was not sure about this but is one one of the best dishes I have ever eaten - sheer brilliance and this sums up Ox, I would never have picked this on a menu but an now looking forward to going back to have more.
I will not tell you what else we had as I do not want to spoil the surprise - it just kept getting better.
No cream, no carbs yet filling, full of flavour that lingered on your palate and left you smiling.
Combined with interesting and unusual wines that worked as they too were subtle but would like to see how the food stands up to more robust wines - that is the thing about Ox it poses as many questions as it answers and why it will be a hot spot for a long time.
You try new things and wnat to try other combinations and flavours - it is all there.
Service was excellent and friendly and you were never looking around for someone.
To round off the night it was also great value, I am thinking perhaps I should not post this as tables are going to be hard to get but this is too good not to share.
Top marks, we had a great night and will be back next week.
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