Ox and Finch 

I nearly didn’t write a review on Ox and Finch because it’s so damn good and they already have loads of amazing press. Why would they need little old me to chime in?  Ask anyone in Glasgow (who likes a good feed) what they think of this place and unless they’re deranged or have severely damaged taste buds then they’ll tell you to go.  That’s basically my advice to you. Go! Stop what you’re doing, get off your iPad and go, run! Actually don’t do that because you probably won’t get in ( see above about it being so bloody good. )  Instead, find their website here and book well in advance, particularly if you fancy a weekend treat at prime time ie. don’t want to eat your dinner at 4pm. Although I’ve actually done this and it’s still brilliant.

Apart from telling you to GO, another reason I’ve written this post is that the food photographs particularly well and I wanted to show off my pictures. What can I say? I’m a slave to the Instagram age.

But the main reason that I’ve put finger tip to laptop today is to heap praise on the delicious, fresh, sometimes surprising and always well put together dishes, served in surroundings that are New York cool and lovely and light and airy. This is a slick and professional affair, without being stuffy or too hipster. Plus, it’s in a great location, off Argyle Street in Finnieston, with good street parking (free after 6pm) and near to plenty of transport links and nice pubs.

Now let’s talk about the food. It’s tapas style, minus the spanish bit, with loads of  meaty, veggie and fishy dishes to chose from. The last two times I’ve been the menu had slightly changed and salivating  looking at the menu right now, I can see that it’s been updated again.

Many of my favourites of the past aren’t there -the freakishly tender lamb with anchovy and capers, the sea bass on thai salad that I must try and re-create at home, but that’s OK, the new additions look delicious. Thankfully my favourite desert of all time, Baked Alaska, is still on there and that alone is reason to go.

I first tried a more traditional version 3 years ago in Harry’s Bar in Venice and have been hunting for it ever since. Imagine my delight when I spotted the Lemon and Earl Grey version on the menu, and even better, it lived up to my enormous rose tinted expectations. It’s a thing of beauty, take my word for it, or just look at the pretty picture below.

Baked Alaska
Gone but not forgotten, the sea bass on thai salad
Ox and Finch face, happy/slightly smug for getting a good table on a Friday night

So, if you haven’t figured it out yet, then the moral of this tale is go, just go.

920 SAUCHIEHALL STREET, GLASGOW, G3 7TFOPENING HOURS: FROM NOON ‘TIL MIDNIGHT DAILY. KITCHEN CLOSES AT 10 P.M.TELEPHONE: 0141 339 8627


  
  

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