In Glasgow it’s well known now that getting a table at Ox and Finch isn’t always easy: jam-packed from Sunday to Sunday, eating here will take forward planning. Making a booking, though, is the only awkward thing about a meal at this buzzy West End restaurant.
Alarm bells might typically ring when faced with a menu that offers up Asian-inspired dishes alongside British classics and Middle Eastern plates but the confident team here handle their wide culinary brief just fine.
A succession of vibrant, globally inspired plates delivered by engaging staff begins with a green harissa hummus with an addictively herbaceous fragrance and pickled chili garnish. Next, poached hake yields easily into the sweet and mildly spiced katsu sauce that surrounds it – a welcome change from the fried chicken version.
The sharing plates arrive as and when they’re ready, but everything we ate was delivered in what felt like a well thought-out order. Unctuous belly pork is accompanied by delicate scallops, satay sauce, pickled cucumber and salted pineapple which, thanks to some precise cooking and crisping, all harmonise in a happy sing-song of sweet and salt and sour, without the scallops becoming overwhelmed. Skate wing was rich and buttery, and while perfectly pleasant didn’t have the boldness of flavours the other plates had.
The food is accompanied by a drinks list that has been given real consideration, showcasing a well-rounded selection of beers, wine and softs, as well as an extensive selection of whiskies. The wines are fairly priced (a fruity Pierrick Harang Cuvée Balthazar Viognier will set you back £5.85 a glass, for instance) and the cocktail list is short but sweet, with just six options. And before you ask, anything off menu isn’t pandered to – the mark of a contentedly assured team, we suspect. But there should be more than enough here to keep you happy.