Ox and Finch is one of those places that even people from Edinburgh will travel to eat in. And that’s saying a lot! The reason? It’s consistently great.
The small plate format means you get to try a lot of different dishes in one sitting. Although it can add up to be quite pricey as each dish seems to be better than the one before and before you know it, you’ve ordered 3 more dishes that you planned…or have room for!
Its ingenuity in combinations, flavours and textures have earned it a Michelin ‘Bib Gourmand’ star for good quality, great value food, one of only three held in Glasgow.
Situated at the Finnieston end of Sauchiehall Street, it has booths running down the middle of the room, a tiled bar at one end, lamps hanging down from the heavily corniced high ceilings, and shelves heaving with wine almost the whole length and height of one wall.
There’s a Mediterranean/Scottish feel to the food with everything from rabbit rillettes, prunes, laphroaig & smoked potato salad and dry-aged beef carpaccio, pine nuts, pecorino & truffle dwarf peaches to poached hake, oyster mushrooms, buckwheat spätzle & burnt onion juice and roast beetroot, whipped feta, pecans and orange blossom.
Below left is the pork belly and crackling with smoked polenta, capers and sweet golden raisins…a stunning dish bursting with flavour and contrasting textures. Below right is flat iron steak, shiitake and chestnut mushrooms, celeriac and the most incredibly cripsy rösti. Absolutely glorious.
For two people, four plates plus a couple of side fishes should satisfy you, and shouldn’t set you back much more than about £20 each. That’s if you manage not to order more as you go along!