Ox & Finch
I’d heard lots of good things about Ox & Finch on Glasgow’s iconic Sauchiehall Street but never found the occasion to visit. Although it’s a sharing plates place, I popped in for a solo visit but brought a considerable appetite so thought I might be able to do it justice.
As I walked through the entrance, I was immediately struck by the hugely impressive dining space. With an open kitchen, eye-catching wine shelves and a lovely range of comfortable seats, it’s a really smart set-up.
The menus doubled as table mats so I could begin to contemplate the breadth of their offering straight away. It became swiftly clear that I should seek advice so when the friendly waitress approached I asked her whatever the unmissables were.
Her steer was straight towards the smoked haddock fishcake, the game sausage and gnocchi, with some sourdough toast and sobressada to nibble on to open. I subsequently I added some of their beer-battered cauliflower because I was in the gluttony frame of mind.
The toast arrived with a good portion of the spreadable meat delight that is sobressada. It was simple and compellingly delicious.
The next to arrive was the smoked haddock fishcake. Served with a kombu seaweed butter and charred leeks it was another accomplished dish with complex textures. It didn’t quite wow me but it was hard to argue with the quality on show.
The game sausage was served with gnocchi, butternut squash and crisp sage leaves. It was hearty and satisfying with the gnocchi pleasingly accurate in the evenness of its cooking. One of my pet peeves is crisped gnocchi served in a range from raw to cremated, so this uniformity was another strong indication of the skill at work in the kitchen.
The beer battered cauliflower to round things out was another strong dish. The green harissa was particularly good and the dish again packed in deftly layered textures.
So overall, I was glad to finally visit Ox & Finch and while I found myself greatly admiring rather than loving things, there was an awful lot to like about the place. I’d be keen to visit again and would recommend it to you.
Blythe scores Ox & Finch
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20
I ate: sourdough toast and sobressada, smoked haddock fishcake, game sausage and gnocchi, beer-battered cauliflower
I drank: water, espresso
I wore: lilac shirt
Total bill: £22.70
Address: 920 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G3 7TF