I went for a nice family meal at the less snooty sister of the OXO restaurant, the Brasserie. With views across the Thames and an iconic tower building, this has been on my ‘must visit’ list for a while. Here’s the verdict.
I had a king prawn starter and pork main. The starter was delicious and actually a decent portion – I was expecting one prawn on a plate! The ham crisp was kind of annoying to eat and didn’t add much but other than that the starter earns top marks. I chose the roasted pork fillet and smoked pork belly main – without the black pudding though! Unfortunately, the main was average in my opinion. The pork belly was delicious and melted in my mouth. The roasted pork, however, was a little bit chewy. The flavours were nice but the toughness ruined it a bit for me. The boyf had the duck main and he was happy!
OXO has an extensive wine list and the staff know what they’re talking about when it comes to wine and food pairings. My dad picked out a nice bottle of wine for us to share so I didn’t try the cocktails but I’ve heard that they are very nice indeed! I did see a few on other tables and they looked pretty fancy. If I go again I would definitely try a couple, specifically the Brief Encounter and the Southbank Cocktail.
We went for a very late dinner, arriving at 10pm, and the staff were welcoming – it didn’t feel at all as if they were trying to rush is out. The views across the Thames were nice – our table was right by the panoramic windows- but we are so spoilt for good views around London and this was not the best. There was an excellent live band playing throughout our meal which was a nice touch. The restaurant did start to clear out around half 11 and we were the last ones standing!
The Fine Print
I booked our table for dinner only the day before and there were quite a few times available. It is definitely best to book but you don’t have to do so weeks in advance like with some restaurants. OXO Brasserie has the option of a set menu which gives you 3 courses and a glass of prosecco for £30 which is excellent value, however, we went for the a la carte menu. Prices were around £12 for a starter, £22 for a main meal, and £8 for a dessert which is reasonable for what you get. Drinks are around £13 for a cocktail and the wine varies from £25 to £85 for a bottle.
The food was nice even though my main didn’t blow me away. I probably wouldn’t go back to the brasserie as there are so many other sky high restaurants to try but I would recommend you try it once. It had a cool, nice vibe when we went – due in no small part to the band – so I would definitely recommend dinner over lunch.
Have you been to the OXO Brasserie or the main restaurant? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!