Ox & Finch, Glasgow
A good friend of mine moved north of the border several years ago booked this restaurant for us. As a life long veggie, and myself somewhat of a carnivore, every time he’s done this in the past my palate has been delighted by the quality of the food. So with only an ounce of trepidation we headed into Glasgow for some tapas described as modern Scottish.
Oh, My God. Those 3 words probably sum up this meal. It was divine. Any plans to open in Lytham would be well supported by me!
We ordered a mixture of dishes, some veggie, some fish and some meat. I tried all of them and there was no bad plate of food on the table. Add that to the lovely ambience, helpful friendly staff and the beautiful décor with candles and large windows and http://www.oxandfinch.com/ would be my one and only recommendation for food if you are in or around Glasgow.
The first cab off the rank was the beetroot hummus with crudites and dukkah. Excellent sourdough was perfect along with the crudites for mopping up these excellent dishes.
This was soon followed by buffalo mozzarella, pear, prosciutto and aged balsamic. A stunning dish with flavours perfectly balanced. Chicken liver parfait with pistachio, orange blossom and apricot might be the nicest parfait (when is a parfait not a pate, or indeed vice versa?) I’ve eaten, given a delicious fresh lift on the palate by the fruit flavours.
Other standout dishes included the scallops, but the star of the show was certainly the braised blade of beef, served with a marrow crumb. This was outstanding.
Again, all reasonably priced at what I would call city prices, but this was no ordinary food. My best meal ever north of the border gets the highest score yet on the blog.