When Mum was over a few weeks ago, I made a last minute reservation for the OXO Brasserie via their online booking system.
I had been to this Harvey Nichols owned restaurant a few years back, and loved the impressive view over the river Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral. So, on a cold, rainy and not so summery Saturday evening, we hopped in my Mini and drove the scenic way to Oxo Tower.
Once we reached the brasserie, we were promptly shown to our table, really close to the spectacular view.
What we ordered: Beef carpaccio, teriyaki onions, shimeji mushrooms and wasabi mayonnaise.
I loved the Italian/Japanese fusion of this dish. I would probably like the beef slices slightly thicker.
Mum ordered the lamb two ways roasted rump, shoulder stifado, fregola and feta hazelnut yoghurt, excellent combination of flavours. The lamb was slightly overlooked.
My main was a lovely seared warm scallop salad, fried whitebait, green pea purée, heritage carrots, and samphire. A triumph of bright colors and flavours. Excellent meaty scallops, perfectly pan fried, mixed leafy salad, and fried sardines (not my favorite part of the dish) seasoned with a pleasantly citric dressing.
We also ordered a veggie side: steamed broccoli dressed with a fresh vinaigrette and shaved almonds. Pretty unusual combination that works.
We decided to share our dessert. A rich bitter chocolate with milk chocolate honey nougatine parfait, we both loved it!
We enjoyed our dinner at OXO brasserie, not a cheap eat, but that’s the price you pay for the view. And the food is pretty good too. Service was attentive. The music however, was way too loud to be able to have a good conversation. Just look at the stunning view and leave your meaningful conversations for later 😉