All at The Oxford Kitchen were pleased with the way John Hobart’s In Oxford magazine review described the ambience of our restaurant: “a contemporary chic atmosphere in which it’s hard not to lean back and forget the day job,” which diners say sums The Oxford Kitchen up to a tee.
Here’s the rest of his excellent review:
“The Oxford Kitchen is the new boy in town, but they decided when they opened on 29 December last year not to arrive with a fanfare, but to let their food do the talking; over the last three months business has steadily grown as word spreads that there are some truly excellent chefs working in Summertown!
The restaurant is in the heart of Summertown, an area otherwise poor in quality dining options. It is beautifully presented with steel and wood fittings, an exposed brick wall, a couple of booths, and pop-art decoration, all contributing to a contemporary chic atmosphere in which it’s hard not lean back and forget the day job.
Relaxed fine dining is what The Oxford Kitchen is aiming for. There are no airs or graces here, but there is a confidence that what they are offering is what the town wants – somewhere to go as a family for lunch and where you don’t have to dress up for dinner, but with a menu and quality that will suit, and impress, everyone.
Executive chef John Footman has ‘been there and done that’, and so his menus don’t try to play for judge’s awards, but instead respect and respond to their diners, reflecting what they want to eat and the chefs enjoy cooking. As a result the menu has a two-part feel to it, with both fine dining and classic grill options.
The fine dining dishes include starters of Cornish crab salad with pink grapefruit (£8.50) and Crispy ham hock with celeriac purée (£7), or mains of line caught cod (£17.50), parmesan gnocchi with wild mushrooms (£15), and 36 hour braised ox cheek with smoked potato purée (£18.50); but alongside these there are classics from the grill: homemade beef burger (£12.95), steak and chips (£22-29), or for the more organized (you have to order 48hrs in advance), Wagyu burger with lobster (£40).
On my visit the food was beautifully presented and tasted delicious, in particular the ham hock starter and ox cheek main (which was utterly superb, falling apart with the touch of a fork!), and each dish was complemented by very reasonably priced, and very good white or red wine – as recommended by the waiter from the excellent wine menu.
Top quality food, a stylish setting and reasonable prices mean this new addition to the Summertown and Oxford restaurant scene will undoubtedly become a firm favourite for locals and a destination for the County.”