How to make you feel like you were on a 3 weeks vacation? Just go somewhere for the weekend. This time I went to London, and it was quite worth it !
On Sunday lunch, my friend and I decided to go to OXO. We asked to sit at the restaurant, not the brasserie. Because the weather was quite warm and sunny at times, we dared to sit outside... And were the only ones :D
One star for the spot : Amazing location. The terrace is overlooking the river Thames and from there you can only hear the sound of the waves. It's so relaxing we actually forgot about the time...
One star for the service : Beautiful service overall. I did not have to read the menu, the waiter took the time to explain it all beautifully. It was a if he was telling a story. The waiting time was reasonable.
One star for the food : Everything was fantastic. As you can see from the pictures I uploaded, the presentation is sophisticated but simple. From starter to dessert, from champagne (as aperitif) to the wine, the entire meal was a dream.
One star for the drinks : The sommelier was very helpful in finding us the perfect compromise. He advised us on a Pouilly Fuisse, white wine. Simply perfect, I highly recommend it.
One star for the experience : The location, service, food, and drinks were top of the range. I could not have wished for a better place to have lunch on Sunday in London. The price reflects the level of service but still reasonable.
A five star rating for OXO Tower Restaurant. If you have the chance, treat yourself for a one of a kind lunch :)
This is getting three stars for the view. First of all, my fiancé had booked our reservation online at the brasserie for 7:45. When we got there, there was a sign saying it's been closed for a private event and that our reservation was for 9:45. Obviously something got messed up during the reservation process. So they sent us across the way to the other restaurant and we waited until they were able to accommodate us (about 9:20). The service was unbelievably SLOW. And forget about asking for some almonds to munch on they'll forget. We constantly had to flag down a waitress for drinks it seemed like we were being very neglected. When we were finally seated, it took over an hour for our appetizers to come out and almost another hour for our meals to come out which the steak was cooked to medium when my fiancé asked for rare. We were there for over three hours. Not by choice.
I got the duck which was very tender and delicious. The rum baba with coconut sorbet was AWESOME.
If this place were a dessert place is given it 5 stars, but it's not.
Overall it's a nice modern fancy restaurant with mediocre food, unbelievably slow service and a great view.
You really can't beat the view can you?
Upscale business dining experience. Wonderful service and wonderfully cooked food.
From the moment we were seated, until the coffee after dessert..everything was perfect.
I reccomend the lamb chops - beautifully cooked. And for an appetiser; I really can't forget the haggis. There was some crunch, a little moistness..the haggis reminded me of a really really good kebeh.
Wil come back, on another date night.
Cliched nouvelle cuisine and an over-enthusiastic wine waiter spoilt the oxo tower for me. I felt was as rushed as if I'd been in McDonald's.
Having ordered cocktails, we weren't allowed to finish them before our starter arrived, while eating it the wine waiter began harassing us to choose wine for the meal. He then bought said glass of wine while we were still drinking our cocktails. Good Christ man! I thought. In olden times you would've been shot!
The starter was very good- crab and passionfruit, but my main of duck was uninspired to say the least. Won't be coming back.
Oxo tower, has THE best views of London you can find from a restaurant. We were seated along the balcony and had beautiful views of the waterway. The crowd was very young. Almost a bit of the upscale night club kinds of people. The maître d was extremely professional. The only complaint I had was the fact my duck was served a bit too over cooked and was a bit dry. But at this restaurant, you are paying for the name and view so I can't complain. The bill came out to £400 for 4 people, which isn't too bad. If you're looking for great views, and a young modern atmosphere, but could care less about quality of food, OXO tower is for you.
After visiting St. Paul's Cathedral, The Tate Modern and taking a tour of The Globe Theater, we had worked up quite an appetite. I pulled up Yelp to look for a great place to dine that we could walk to in short order. Oxo Tower is only a ten minute walk along the Thames from The Globe. We headed in that direction to dine at the Oxo Tower Restaurant.
The restaurant occupies a very large space on the eight floor and is all windows on the Thames side of the restaurant. As you can imagine, the view is spectacular and having shown up for a late lunch, the light was perfect. The restaurant was relatively quiet as lunch had passed and we were in the space between mid-day and dinner.
As we walked in, I realized we had discovered a "not-inexpensive" lunch spot. We were seated right at the window and so a fantastic late lunch experience ensued. Lunch consists of a prix fixe choice of starter, main and dessert. We started with the Field Mushrooms, Root Vegetables and Rosemary and Blue Cheese Cookie. The presentation was impeccable, the mushrooms were tender, parsnips were perfectly crispy and the Blue Cheese was delightful. Our choice of main was the Fillet of Beef, Cauliflower Puree, Jerusalem Artichoke, Parsley and Garlic Potatoes. The beef melted in my mouth and the garlic potatoes were to die for. For dessert, I chose the selection of cheese and my daughter had the selection of sorbets. I highly recommend the cheese dessert. They roll out a cart with eight or nine different types of cheeses...you have the option of selecting your cheese or you can allow your server to make the selection for you, which I decided to do. He recommended a wonderful port to accompany the cheese.
The service was on par with what you would expect for a Michelin Star restaurant in my opinion. The food was consistently memorable and the ambiance was lovely. Highly recommended.
The OXO tower rocks.
For any actual or aspiring artist, any cafe-loving walker, and any local or international tourist who loves a view, OXO delivers.
Most people review the restaurant, but the building the restaurant inhabits carries much more than a bar & brasserie. There are clothing and jewelery stores, cafes and little kitchy catch-all shops all throughout the first two floors.
Every time I visit London, I like to go to OXO, not only to eat, but to shop. Centrally located on the banks of the Thames, it's a stones throw from Tate Modern, the London Bridge, the Eye and boasts wonderful views of the city across the water.
Definitively go to OXO to eat - as the reviews here suggest - but also consider heading there in the afternoon, while on your way to a matinee, to pick up a unique gift, browse through artisan jewelery and grab a latte.
Located downtown, near the Eye. This restaurant is on the eight floor of the building and has a great view of the city. Weather permitting, I recommend that you sit outside; the noise level inside can get pretty high with all the hard surfaces. Also, the trendy blue lighting can made reading the menu at night a bit of a challenge.
Food was excellent. I have the Mediterranean lamb, it was very tender and was spiced just right. Others all enjoyed their orders as well.
Good wine list. Properly made bar drinks.
The server was excellent. The place was very busy but he was always accessible and responsive. Gratuity is added, it is not optional.
This was a special night out with my wife and two Goddaughters and this restaurant did not disappoint.
Total tab for four with drinks was about $346 dollars. Skip the drinks to save or be prepared with your gold card.
Everyone says the view from OXO Tower Restaurant is the star. While that may be true, we both agreed that the special infused gin and tonics they served were the best we'd ever experienced. Husband had cucumber / rose and I had lime / strawberry. Don't miss them!
The food was good, as was the service. But get there for sunset and soak in the view.
Went here with a friend on a sunny summer early evening, and loved it. The bar is staffed by friendly and helpful people more than willing to give suggestions for drinks once you've told them what you like. The view is, as many others have said, lovely.
On my visit I also tried out the pannacotta, and it might be the best I've ever had. I would definitely recommend it.
As for the crowd, it seemed to be a mix of after-work business people and couples on dates, as well as a few tourists.
OXO Tower features a high-end restaurant, brasserie, and bar. The restaurant is a lifestyle experience crafted by Harvey Nichols. A place to see and be seen.
The OXO Burger is a luxury take on the burger featuring a bun loaded with poppy seeds + sesame seeds, pickles, Monterey Jack cheese, crispy bacon, caramelized onions, spring mix, and juicy beef. The blend of ingredients creates a very satisfying flavor, and the beef is pretty juicy and flavorful by itself. The flavor profile is well balanced. It manages to highlight each ingredient with a taste that changes from first bite to chew to aftertaste. This makes the burger a very exciting experience for the taste buds. It's hard to call any one ingredient stand out on this burger, but my favorites were definitely the bacon, onion, pickles, and cheese (I liked almost everything about this one).
Compared to the best burgers in the world the only thing holding this burger from easily being near the top is the bun. The abundance of sesame and poppy seeds did not seem necessary, and the bun was a little dry. With the addition of a pillowy soft bakery bun to this burger it might be the best in London. If you need an afternoon drink, or a place to impress a date OXO Tower is the place to go. While you are there enjoying one of the best views in London also try one of the best burgers.
Never having been to South Bank before, I made a reservation at Oxo Tower for a Thursday night to try their Winter prix-fixe menu in the brasserie. Finding this restaurant was a scavenger hunt in itself since this whole area was under construction. When I finally saw the 'OXO' sign up on top of a building, I figured I must be at the right building. I wandered around a bit to find the lift and made my way up to the 8th floor. I was greeted very nicely by the host, they took my coat, and promptly walked me to my table which was right up against the glass. I had a lovely view of the Thames River, Blackfriars Bridge & St. Paul's in the backdrop. Absolutely stunning!
My friend and I both went with the prix-fixe menu for 29.50. The names of the dishes are escaping me at the moment (sorry), but I can tell you the gist. For my starter, I had the onion soup with duck confit, which was very flavorful and quite delicious. I nearly licked my bowl clean because it was so good. My main, scottish cod, was cooked to perfection. My fish was flaky & tasted amazing, and wasn't heavy at all. For dessert, I had the apple pudding & custard. This was the icing on top... it was a great way to end my meal. I was basically in dessert heaven.
My friend ordered different things where I only got to have a bite of: veal and beef ragout, linguine, and the rhubarb and vanilla brulee. I want to say that all of my choices were better based off the bites I had.
The food is pretty good, but come on... everyone and their mums are here for the view. It's gorgeous & a very nice atmosphere to have a lovely dinner. It was my first time on South Bank in this area so it was nice to see the lights from this side of the Thames. I had a lovely time and the venue and the view is worth giving this restaurant a try.
Overpriced, and rubbish selection.
OXO tower is a lovely place to wow a friend, date, out of town guest. The view is spectacular and there is a buzz in the air from the moment you sit down.
The food is quite nice and the service decent also. My only gripe (and they can't help this)...it's a little cheesy and I got the sense that a lot of tourists were there. It didn't feel like a local gem. I don't think, however, that bothers the OXO tower or most of the diners there.
I would definitely go back if I had someone in town.
Enjoyed the Spring Menu at the brasserie for lunch. The view is wonderfully expansive, the restaurant a bit upscale business crowd.
Except for the average starters (just slightly overdone pork belly and a pedestrian gazpacho) the food was very good. Our entrees were both delicious - the duck confit was perfectly rendered, spiced, and crisp, and in the find of all restaurant finds the accompanying salad with chili corn salsa contained popcorn(!) - and it worked perfectly, slightly salty, slightly sweet and not damp or chewy. The pasta arrabiata was correctly al dente and full of salty, earthy goodness, well stocked with olives and veggies. We finished with mango brulee and a chocolate pavlova, both yummy. Service was professional and the meal appropriately leisurely paced so as to enjoy the view.
Taken all together, the view, the food and the service, its a worthwhile indulgence
Some work colleagues and I dined at the restaurant awhile ago after a fairly intense work day, punctuated by the fact that some of us had arrived the same day from the States and really just wanted a good night's rest.
But who can resist this view? And in an classy (albeit expensive) island away from the hordes. It was a fun and relaxing evening and a great opportunity to catch up. The food was very good and the service was efficient, friendly, and unobtrusive. A few of my friends really enjoyed the wine list too.
Then afterwards, we all took a leisurely and happy stroll back to the hotel. Or at least until that one street person took a swing at me with his bottle while passing me by.....Ah London!
You've probably already heard that OXO Brasserie is pricey, the food is so-so, the building is fun and the view is great.
Is it worth paying too much for your dinner just for the view? Normally I'd say no but there is one exception...
::::: 5th of November :::::
Book your table now. I was lucky enough to have my sister figure this one out one summer and 3 months later we were sitting eating rabbit and drinking wine at 8 pm with a grandstand view of London's best fireworks, north and south.
My genius sister.
Ooohh, Oxo Tower... wine me, dine me, make me Yelp!
Despite all of the hype, the views from this 8th floor "tower" are in fact stunning, and the prices aren't nearly obscene as anticipated. Oh, it's pricey yes... But I was expecting the final bill to be far more breathtaking than the view, and I'm pleasantly surprised to report that it was quite the opposite. (It really is a damn fine view.)
Granted, a winter's evening isn't exactly the best time to en-jo-jo-jo-jo-joy the p-p-p-p-p-atio, but at least I didn't have to beat out the crowds that prevented me from gawking at the Thames and beyond on a lazy summer's night.
Put your sparkle pants on, ignore the abundance of extra zeros you're bound to see next to each dish, and take it all in. What's life without a few splurges now and again, right?
After seeing a small logo on the right hand side of our Yelp pages, saying "Yelp now in the UK", I was truly thrilled! It has been bloody ages since I lived and worked in the UK but it left an indelible and remarkable impression upon my soul.
It was New Year's Day 2002 and my fellow work mates and I, from the Old Trout Inn in Thame, Oxfordshire, decided to continue our debaucherous NYE with a trip to fancy London town for a fabulous lunch and drinks at the Oxo Tower. Obviously, I will never forget the incredible view from the atop the Tower, a sprawling metropolis divided by the river Thames. Our lunch was spliced with numerous bottles of fantastic wine and soon we realized it was no longer lunch time, but time to move to the bar.
I had heard such fabulous fables of the Oxo Bar that I simply stared in awe at the gorgeous staff and massive, endless drink menu. In order to decide upon drinks, we simply closed our eyes, flipped a page and pointed. Thusly, as the night wore on, so did our ridiculous behavior. I remember ending the night singing Frank Sinatra and swearing to myself that I would always remember this incredible New Year's Day.
Getting to the Oxo Tower Brasserie was a bit weird. My sister, wife, and I walked here one night in October and everything between the London Eye and Oxo Tower was dark and pretty empty. We followed the map and got to a seemingly quiet high-rise residential area with closed shops on the first floor. We walked down an empty hall, and took the elevator up.
What a difference. From the top floor, the view of London is simply amazing and the brasserie was bustling. When you get to the top, you'll see the brasserie to the left and the restaurant to the right. It kind of makes you feel cheap for going to the brasserie, but don't worry, the food is fantastic. We got a table close to the edge, so we had an awesome view the whole evening. The whole wall facing the Thames is glass. The layout of the restaurant is a large open room with a lot of tables and chairs. Still a bit (mostly business) casual, but definitely nice.
I can't remember what we got, but it was all good. They even have good vegetarian options, but they're on a separate menu, so we had to ask. We ordered a Harvey Nichols Cab (Italian) and it has to be some of the best wine I've had. Too bad it's not sold stateside. However, a couple of other wines I had in Europe somehow weren't as good in the States. I think the ambiance, view, food, and service just make you a lot more receptive.
At the end of the meal, we took some pictures on the balcony and closed the night.
The prices are a bit steep, especially in USD. Particularly if you order alcoholic drinks, it is very easy to cross into 4-$ territory on the Yelp system. However, if you're a tourist and looking for a more upscale or trendy place for dinner, Oxo should be part of your list.
The service sucks, the clientele is extremely uppity for no particular reason (didnt appear to be the actual upper crust of society, just a bunch of posers) and the food and cocktails, while creatively planned, are mediocrely executed and outrageously priced.
Still awesome. Stunning views, an aire of sophistication (albeit forced) and an experience to end your day / start your evening. During the summer, you can gaurantee that I pop in at least once during my gin fueled tours of mother London while "on business".
Worth all the bullshit, but said BS is prevalent enough to effect the rating.
This really is a stunning place to eat with views as good as the millenium wheel.
Lunch or dinner here is something you won't forget for a while especially the attention to detail the staff have when it comes to looking after you and making each person feel special.
Some places like this have the 'harvey nicholls' approach. You know what I mean? When the assistants in the shop look at you like you should'nt be shopping there? Unless you're in a 3 piece bespoke 007 suit and all the trimmings - Not here. Although, its the kind of place worth dressing up for - but just expect everyone to enjoy their meal equally, without snobbery found in other amazing restaurants like this.
We enjoyed quite the spectacular business dinner here, with great service and better food. The lobster appetizer was out-of-this-world good. If you like lobster only a little bit, I still encourage you to try it!
OXO bar has some of the best views of the Thames around - and it's very central, and IT'S ON THE SOUTH BANK! For us South Londoners, it's a fantastic venue for some up-market cocktails or a gin and tonic on a summer evening.
Thankfully I came when I worked for a consultancy, and don't recall ever paying for a drink - so can't complain personally about the prices. But as you'd expect, the venue and the service comes at a price, and unless price isn't an issue, you probably won't be coming here too often. For the special occasions, though - or when someone else is paying - it's awesome :-)
I was taken to dinner here by a date on my 24th birthday (2007). It has to be the nicest restaurant all round that I have ever been to! We stood on the balcony outside and looked out at the view which is really nice, and when our table was ready we were promptly seated. The meal was deeeeelicious and the service was excellent! My date even surprised me when I went to the bathroom. When I returned the waiter appeared out of nowhere with a small cake and a candle on it for me! I didn't manage to get a peek of the bill but I'm sure it was possibly almost £200 (we didn't have alcohol).
This is an exquisite restaurant and would make the perfect backdrop for an anniversary dinner or proposal.
Despite living in London for the past 10 years, a good view of London never ceases to amaze me. I love London at night as the evening sky makes all the horrid cranes and scaffold that never go away disappear leaving a flawless view.
I've always been a fan of the OXO Tower not only for it's collection of great design shops but for the building and its nostalgia of a bygone era of the Thames.
Right to the nitty gritty. My lovely boyfriend booked us for dinner at the restaurant (yes I'm very spoilt by him!) and he got a great deal on Lastminute.com for 3 course for £30. Before going I had a look at the sample menu and overall it isn't as expensive as I thought it would be considering it's location. The staff are impeccable and the service is great. The whole meal was delicious but if I'm honest the main was a little small, beautiful to look at but I did find myself pining for a little more as I finished.
The decor is uber trendy and again the view really makes this restaurant. I think I would definitely come back for cocktails and I would like to try the Brasserie. If you have overseas friends or family to take out in London this is a good place to bring them for a slap up meal and good view.
Ah the tinkling piano, the extensive back bar, the food porn menu (that's just the bar food!), I felt like I was in an Audrey Hepbourn movie... the large wide screen tv on the wall jolted me back into the 21st century.
Great views, great staff, veeeery expensive but then it was always bound to be.
It pays to be smart in a place like this, or, you could turn up in your casual outfit and act like YOU don't have to dress up for the Oxo tower, both will work just fine.
We had dinner at the lounge/brasserie, by the window.
View is gorgeous and romantic (but maybe it was the company ;)
The live music was okay--two men playing string instruments and the piano was left empty unfortunately.
We got the beef carpaccio to start (delicious!), Sea Bass and Suckling pig. The sea bass was fried and accompanied by curry sauce, which was not as good as I thought it would be, but not bad. They ran out of the suckling pig and replaced it with pork chop, which turned out to be really good.
People take this place a little too seriously, and I think it takes itself pretty seriously as well. I'm guessing that's why expectations are so high - put the view aside and this is just a standard good restaurant. Don't expect too much from it despite the presentation, Oxo is not in the Michelin guide. If you want to be blown away, go to a Robuchon or the like.
The food was good, choices were a bit weird but my wife and I liked what we got. The wine list is impressive although it's overpriced even for a restaurant. There are a few rarities here, like a 1964 Louis Roederer in magnum form, and some choice Dom vintages. The bar is impressive as well, providing very well made drinks. The waitstaff was also doing well by us, providing good suggestions. Not the sort of seamless experience you'll get at a restaurant of Michelin Star caliber again, but good.
I think we will return to mark having lived here 6 months, and see what it's like during the summertime.
I think I definitely had a better impression of the food the 2nd time around. The 1st time I had dinner in the restaurant but this time we were in the brasserie. It was for a relatively large party so we had a limited set menu. I had the moroccan lamb sausages to start which were very tasty. For the main course, I had the fried pumpkin gnocchi which was delicious! I really enjoyed this dish and would def go back again for it. For dessert, I had the chocolate tart which melted your mouth.
Beautiful views of London.
We had dinner here at the brasserie, which is a little less formal that the restaurant but really still quite good. Beautiful, elegant surroundings, with attentive professional service and very nice cuisine.
I had the pumpkin gnocchi, which was quite tasty and despite what looked like a small-ish serving, quite filling. My companion had lamb seasoned with harissa, which was also really quite good and with a beautiful presentation.
Of course, the reason one eats here is really the view... an absolutely stunning view up the Thames. I always seem to find myself in London, whether it be via layover or happy accident, and look forward to dining here again.
A little fusion flavor anyone...
I tried the lunch at Oxo Brasserie. It was delicious.
Great view probably the best in London, and great attentive staff.
The butter for their bread is excellent. It is very inviting and you will find yourself asking for more bread...
-Chilli spiced pumpkin miso soup, soba noodles, tofu (7 pounds)
* A mild tasting miso with very finely diced up pumpkin. Different but good
-Japanese beef carpaccio, wasabi mayonnaise, teriyaki onions, shiso cress (11 pounds)
*Very good light, but very flavorful beef carpaccio. The wasabi mayo adds a different element.
-Sea bass, pumpkin fritter, bok choy, red curry sauce, coconut sambal (23.50 pounds)
*Very flavorful because of the curry coconut. Very rich and damn good.
-Charcoal grilled cajun bourbon marinated corn-fed chicken, slaw, crispy pancetta, barbecue sauce, corn bread (21 pounds)
*I am not sure if this dish was suppose to be served warm - cold.. It is very tender and rich. Good chicken taste with a hint of char..
-Twice cooked Maris Piper chips (3.75 pounds)
*Disappointed in the advertised twice cooked chips. It was super soft in the middle of the chips. Steak cut
IMPORTANT NOTE: OXo Tower has the Czech Republic beer - Budweiser Budvar - Very few places will serve that outside of Czech. It is a must order, and you can thank me later..
Dinner was pretty good and the atmosphere was busy and buzzing. The views would be great on a nice day near the window, but we were closer to the entrance on a rainy day. Cocktails were really good but the food was hit and miss. Service was good as well.
Came here for lunch in the brasserie and came away with mixed feelings about the place.
The welcome and service from the maitre d' was excellent. The service from the waiting staff less so - it was polite enough but very slow and of variable quality. We were there a good 5 minutes or so before asked if we wanted anything to drink, and another 15 minutes before the food order was taken. We were also offered bread only once, while a table near us with a different waiter was offered bread several times. When will restaurants realise how much revenue they're missing out on because people have to skip dessert and coffee due to the slow service?
The food also varied in quality. My linguine and anchovy starter was poor the pasta was overcooked, the anchovies undercooked, the arrabiatta sauce lacking any zing. On the other hand, my main course of saltimbocca chicken was excellent. The chicken was cooked perfectly so it retained a lovely juiciness.
Despite the excellence of the main course, I feel that the food here is overpriced. I don't mind paying good money for consistently well-cooked high quality food. The Oxo Tower, unfortunately, doesn't have the consistency or quality to justify its prices. If you come here, just remember that you're paying for the wonderful view and location, not for top-notch food.
Call me weird, but maybe the reason I wasn't wowed by the restaurant was because I expect to actually feel full after a 3 course meal. And no, I don't eat a lot. Being a little over 7 stone (45kg to you metric people) my appetite is not exactly huge, and drinking beer fills me somewhat.. but not this night!
I know it's a cliche and you've heard it before about the better the food, the smaller the portion. But I honestly didn't feel that was the case. Firstly, there was a single vegetarian starter and main meal - I mean come on! The food was nice, but I'd much rather have had a portion of local chip shop chips just to feel satisfied.
Apparently if you get a seat by the window, the view is amazing, but expect a few months wait if you want those (ok so maybe the recession might go a little in your favour).
Overall, the restaurant was nice - a little too posh for my liking, although I didn't feel out of place (except that my boyfriend was mortified that I was drinking beer from a bottle - the only way to drink bottled beer in my mind, unless you have a frosted glass from the freezer)
Its very pricey, so get your man to pay :)
I was taken here for lunch with a group of about 15 people from work and was really looking forward to it, but came away quite disappointed and glad it wasn't me paying for it!
The restaurant was virtually empty apart from our group but the service was still painfully slow and the waiting staff seemed more interested in getting us to order more wine than in actually providing any sort of service.
As we were a large group we were limited to a set menu of 3 choices of starter, main course and dessert. The choices weren't great - for example, two of the starters involved smoked fish - and none of the starters or main courses were suitable for non-fish eating vegetarians (though the restaurant had been told a week before than 2 of the party fell into this category). There was then a bit of a scene as the waiter insisted that he couldn't substitute a vegetarian dish from the a la carte menu which meant that we had to get the restaurant manager involved. Even he took a bit of convincing to let the vegetarians order something off the set menu (rather than just sit and watch the rest of us eat presumably).
The food itself was fine, but very much of the style over substance school which looked wonderful but was in small portions, the taste of which didn't live up to how it looked.
There are great views, yes, but it really isn't enough to make up for the poor experience we had there.
Certainly wouldn't go again and wouldn't particulary recommend that anyone else does either.
Fabulous food! fabulous view!
The perfect date place in all of London! You absolutely can't go wrong with this choice. The food was amazing and so were the attentive servers.
I went to excellent restaurants all over London and Oxo was hands down the best! A must for everyone especially visiting from the US!
You come here for the amazing views and the food is very good too. The best dish had to be the dessert "house in the clouds". A tasting platter of various flavours to match a fine dark rum. A fun way to finish a meal, which definitely leaves your head in the clouds.
One down side was the service was very stiff and formal.
We hadn't been here in years.
In fact, the last time was when we were young. Back when going out for dinner was the start of the big night, not the actual big night itself.
This time we had a seven year old in tow and had just been to the Tate Modern to wonder at the convergence of Art and Performance. It was lunch. And we looked forward to being home in time for The Cube and tucked up in bed by 10.
It's Easter and it felt like a treat and we had enjoyed the Oxo tower and its beautiful views all those years ago. So we booked up and got into the Brasserie.
Pleased to report, the only thing that's changed is the skyline that affords such a wonderful view of the centre of our great city. Last time we came, there was no Gherkin, no Shard, no mad building to the south with three giant fans at the top of it. Plenty more then to admire or get angry over depending on your point of this view. Table by the window, what more could you want? We had the Concrete monstrosity/marvel of the National Theatre to our west, the Old Bailey and St Paul's Cathedral over the river to the north, and if we turned a little more, the Gherkin, the Nat West Tower and all the other newbies just there to the East. Hundreds of years of history combined with all the modernity the City demands at the same time. And Old Father Thames bursting at the seams in the middle of it all providing a pause for breath from the breathtaking.
Gaze at all this in buzzy but comfy smart surroundings with a pianist playing the grand piano and a singer accompanying with some of the old classics.
The food almost seems irrelevant. Except it's not. It's never going to beat the stunning views and ambiance, but it gives it a damn good try.
I had the quail. A Thai effort with crispy shrimps decorating the edge of the plate all the way round. I prefer my quail cooked a little more harshly but the whole thing was nonetheless lovely. The paw paw salad provided a tangy contrast. The missus had the lamb merguez sausages with the most delicious accompaniment of red pepper muhummara which I'm guessing is crushed nuts of some sort. it added a wonderful texture and flavour to a sausage that, again, could have been treated with a little less respect and maybe have bolder spicing too. The feta cheese added a richness that made this a real dish. Great start.
For the main I ordered the cod simply because i saw the lady eat it on the table next to me and it looked so vibrant and crispy skinned and moist. And so it was when it came. Generous amounts of punchy mushroom and Jerusalem artichoke bathed in oodles of vibrant green herb sauce. Delicious.
The missus had crab and saffron risotto. This I must say was a little disappointing. Chalky. rushed I suspect so the inside of the grain hadn't been touched by heat. Shame. The flavour was good but the chalkiness of the rice coupled with the sloppiness of the unabsorbed sauce wasn't pleasant to me.
But ho cares. We didn't. We sat and marveled and soaked in the atmosphere while the boy tucked into very nice fish and chips and pretended to be interested in our little nuggets..."the scales of justice they're called...that's the savoy over there, the only road where cars can drive on the right..."etc etc.
Service was prompt and friendly and the whole thing was rather a joy I have to say. It was far too cold to sit outside but there are tables on the balcony and on a clear warm evening this must be the most romantic and cool place to eat.
I hesitate to use the phrase but this is a real 'destination restaurant'. But they don't take you for a ride because of that. Good food. Great atmosphere. Amazing views. An extremely robust 4 stars. A must for tourist and Londoner born and bred alike to tick off the list for a special occasion.
The Oxo Tower - yes it does have glorious views, a tinkley piano player and most importantly Spritz cocktails! Yehay I love Spritz :)
spoil yourselves and go there as the views, the elegance and the cocktails make you fall back in love with the stylish side of London life .
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