Four of us had dinner this past Saturday at the Oxford Street Grill. This is our second time and our DCs' first. As with the first trip, there were some misses, but overall a wonderful dining experience.
First, the enthusiasm of the wait staff is infectious. Our waitress, who was from Russia, couldn't have been friendier. She was a true pleasure, especially given the surly service that is so rampant these days in a lot of restaurants.
I love the lime/basil martini and while waiting at the bar for our DCs, my husband and I enjoyed this beverage. My compliant here was the slowness of the bartender. The last time we were there, the bartender was efficient and had this labor intensive drink in front of us within minutes.
On to the food -
Appetizers were shared: (1) the mini-wursts, again a huge hit; (2) smoke eel tacos - favor was good, but execution was difficult (do you pick it up in the tiny taco shell and have everything spill out in your attempt to eat it, or do you eat the eel out of the taco shell?), not a hit; and (3) the wild mushroom chowder which was very tasty.
Entrees - sturgeon with miso yaki sauce was amazing!!! Nothing left on the plate. The carmelization of the miso yaki sauce truly made this dish wonderful. The sauerbraten short ribs, another hit, although a lot of jokes at the table about the presentation looking something like Elephant Man with the huge pop-over on top of the beef.
The miss was the Ahi Tuna. Very disappointing. Just lacking.
Desserts were two creme brulees. One honey and one butterscotch. Again - nothing left on the plate. This kitchen does an awesome creme brulee!
The restaurant was full on this Saturday night. I hope it continues, as Oxford Street Grill is a pleasant Saturday night out.
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