First let me say that I live miles outside Oxford...many, many miles. And every year as the weather starts to cool I begin to crave Volta's Spicy Chicken Stew...and I hop in the car and drive...with Tupperware.
I love this stew!! Thick and hearty and meaty. I don't even LIKE chickpeas and I love them in this stew. There is spice, but it's more about flavor. There is heat, but it is well controlled. This stew is just full of flavor and texture. One of my all time favorite comfort foods.
I did some work in Oxford and a friend took me to Volta's for dinner one night. Service was really good, Hotty Totty Balls (forgive me) were excellent as were the drinks and the gyros and the hummus. But only the Chicken Stew would bring me (and my Tupperware) back this many miles. Oxford has some wonderful restaurants, but this is one of my favorites.