Saturday Lunch Time at Ox184, Cowgate, Edinburgh
A couple of Saturdays me and Dave headed into Edinburgh to go and try out Ox184 which recently opened in the Cowgate in Edinburgh. I read about the opening night on Edinburghs blog site citylicious and thought I just had to get me some of that action, it sounded awesome.
Once we arrived at Ox184 we walked through big double doors into a huge open space with some long tables, a sweeping cast-iron staircase, a massive bar and huge caged bottle display case. Its quite a cool space and even though it was not overly busy when we arrived there was still a feeling of atmosphere and a bit of excitement in the room.
We grabbed a table near the stairs and ordered a couple of tap beers – they have a good selection and a variety of sizes as quite a few places do now – I went for an American blonde beer which was lovely and pondered the menu.
The menu is not huge but everything sounds amazing and the one thing that really jumps out as unique is the time that items are available until. Ox184 have bucked the trend and serve brunch until a more than sociable hour of 3pm instead of the usual 12pm – amazing idea, and then even better than that, they serve their main menu & bites until 2.30am!! How awesome is that – instead of some rubbish greasy chips & cheese that you will regret tomorrow you could pop along Ox184 and have lobster tail sliders and pork cheek (they also do cheesey chips if that is all that will satisfy your boozy munch requirements).
We ended up going for the quinoa bites, the cheesey chips, burnt end beans, the chargrilled aubergine & courgette salad and Dave had the burger and we just asked for it all to come out at the same time.
I have never had burnt end beans before, man have I been missing out – they are amazing. So full of flavour and little nuggets of beef rib through them. I think they may have had a bit too much sugar in them to be classified as good for you but they certainly make you feel internally happy.
The Charred aubergine and courgette salad with feta was huge and I felt really good value for eating out at £7 for the portion. The little spiced quinoa bites were interesting and quite inspiring for new ideas on little protein bites. They were identically shaped in little quenelles – think I would go more rustic personally.
The cheesy chips were guilty – so so much cheese, I think it was more of a cheese sauce than just melted cheese. I only had a couple. Daves burger was served like a tower – it was massive and really tasty with a homemade burger grilled on the big open grill up the stairs and it was lathered with the same cheese sauce that the chips had.
Over all we were totally stuffed, happy & content with the meal.
Atmosphere 7/10 (only marked down due to being quiet lunch that we were there)
Would I go back – Yes, absolutely