I’ve wanted to dine at the OXO Tower for as long as I can remember, an iconic foodie-destination and major landmark of London’s South Bank; I was naturally chuffed when the opportunity to visit the OXO Brasserie presented itself and I got myself up there. With bells on.
It is certainly the case that the OXO Tower lived up to my expectation as a grand venue with an enormous sense of occasion, the glass-fronted brasserie offering striking views of the Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral and The City from eight-floors up, whilst the sophisticated atmosphere epitomises romance, celebration and grandeur. It’s pretty special, but then it’s no secret that I’m a fan of eating, drinking and generally misbehaving on a London rooftop bar or restaurant.
This particular visit saw us sampling the OXO Brasserie’s summer dining menu, three courses plus a cocktail for a very reasonable £33 per person. I started proceedings with a Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz (Grey Goose vodka, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Fever Tree Soda), a light and refreshing cocktail which was the perfect accompaniment of a light summer evening. I am a sucker for anything elderflower based but this was delicious.
My starter, grilled merguez sausages, muhammara (pepper dip) and sumac raita (flavoured greek yoghurt) was a striking and resounding success, much to my delight; the muhammara was fiery and gave the dish a tasteful warming kick.
The real winner of the evening came in the form of my main, slow-cooked duck leg, green bean salad with shallot dressing, succulent, rich and beautifully cooked. Frankly, utterly mouthwatering.
I plucked for a bitter chocolate mousse with white mint chocolate sauce for dessert, which even for my sweet-tooth, proved to be fairly rich and heavy, although was absolutely delightful.
I enjoyed the attention to detail from the kitchen with regards to presentation of each course, not to mention the fantastic service which was attentive, friendly and speedy.
A visit late evening is transformed as the sun sets, leaving an entirely majestic and breathtaking view of downtown London. Top tip if you can time your visit.
Dining at the OXO Tower, London
For a more formal affair, diners can opt for the OXO Tower Restaurant next door, however the OXO Brasserie is a hit given it’s excellent value-for-money and ability to deliver a sophisticated dining environment that isn’t too stuffy in the process. Two diners enjoying a three course meal, with a large fresh cocktail, served against such striking views of London for under £75.00 is simply unheard of – and it is for this reason that the OXO Tower Brasserie gets a big thumbs up. It is worth keeping an eye out for the seasonal rotation of the menus and booking a visit when you can.
Regular readers of TMAT will know that I’m not afraid to pull some punches when a restaurant – or brasserie – get it wrong (see Kua’Aina Goodge Street, the place I’d have willingly taken a slap in the face over my experience, or Chimichangas Milton Keynes, don’t even start…), but the OXO Brasserie really deserves a positive reception. It gives gives an air of exclusivity without being stuffy, it’s charming and it’s very fairly priced too. You’ll love the views, the cocktails and the food isn’t too shabby either. A fabulous evening.
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