I went to the lazy ox canteen last week and really enjoyed myself. . It's pitched as that casual neighborhood joint with a sophisticated yet affordable food menu
full review and photos here: http://stuffycheaks.blogspot.com/2010...
Lazy Ox is small, casual, comfortable, loud and most importantly, a place where you can gather with friends for a good meal and conversation. The menu has a number of small plates and a few entrees, with a wide selection of items priced under $10 and even some as low as $4-5. We ordered a couple small plates between the two of us.
1. Crispy pigs ear with lime and horseradish aioli
The pigs ear was crispy and chewy but soft and buttery inside. Although it cannot compare to the pigs ear at Church and State, I thought that Lazy Ox's version was notably better than the other ones I've tried, including at Animal and FIG. Animal's and FIG's seemed to be just crunchy all around without the contrast of the soft and mushy center.
2. Pig trotter and gooseberry, mash potatoes and wine sauce
OMG, this was one amazing dish. The pig trotter was shaped into a cake and breaded.
3. Buttermilk fry Quail with pomegranate
The quail was tender and the breading was not greasy. Perfectly done. I liked the citrus salad.
4. Cod brandade fritters with yuzu aioli
The cod was of good quality. The inside of the fritters was soft and airy, and the batter was reminiscent of Fish and Chips.
Cancha. Crunchy nuts, seasoned with lime salt, which is very popular in Peru and Ecuador.
5. Hand torn Pasta with sunny side egg, brown butter and citrus vinegar
Unfortunately, it turned out to be lighter than I had hoped. The sauce was a bit watery and I thought the dish needed a bit more seasoning.
I really liked The Lazy Ox Canteen. The menu boasts a lot of really good small plates, the food was well executed, flavorful, hearty yet delicate, prices were very reasonable for the quality, and the restaurant has a warm and casual feel to it.
Hits: trotter, pigs ear, quail, prices, ambiance
Misses: pasta a bit bland
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