There are some restaurants whose reputation for great food and drink precedes them – Oxford Brasserie is one such establishment and a visit will only reinforce that impression. Not content to rest on their laurels, the brasserie’s revamped image and contemporary menus reflect the restaurant’s work to remain consistent with the times. Easily found on Southampton’s sought-after Oxford Street, this stylish venue holds its head sky-high among a host of foodie neighbours. The professional, working lunch-style atmosphere that pervades during the day shifts in the evening, becoming intimate, relaxed and convivial – the perfect setting for dinners for two and get-togethers over exceptional food and drink.
The Oxford Brasserie’s menu is superb, showcasing an excellent range of cosmopolitan European cuisine as well as a host of regularly changing specials. Dishes are composed by the kitchen’s team of highly skilled chefs, making use of produce that’s sourced from suppliers that the restaurant has grown to know and trust.
Menus are revised regularly, but a typical offering might see diners starting with Shetland mussels with truffle-cured bacon, English asparagus, shallots, garlic and cream; or goat’s cheese mousse accompanied by heritage beetroot Carpaccio, candied walnuts, beetroot sponge and shoots. Noteworthy examples of seasonal mains served at the brasserie are local rack of lamb and lamb shoulder Wellington, served with smoked potato croquette, cauliflower purée and greens, as well as seafood dishes like pan-fried fillet of sea bass served with crushed peas, and crab chilli and spring onion tortellini, garnished with saffron and coriander. A stand-out meal is always best concluded with something from the broad choice of sweets. Think marvellous creations such as Eton Mess cone with chocolate fudge, toffee apple and candy floss, and time-tested classics like roasted hazelnut chocolate brownie.
For those courting the streets of Southampton before setting sail on a cruise, in town for business or celebrating an occasion with friends and family, this classy brasserie – with its warm, welcoming service and impeccable food and drink – comes highly recommended.