Thursday night was an anniversary for Bron and me. We celebrated as you would expect by going out for dinner. Bron had mentioned Ox Eatery in the East Hotel in Kingston some time ago so we agreed to give it a go.
Ox Eatery specialises in rotisserie cooking. They have a standard dinner menu that includes beef and chicken rotisserie plus a nightly special. In addition the menu offers a range of other contemporary Australian style cuisine.
Parking in the East Hotel’s secure underground car park is pretty easy and makes an on time arrival easy given the hell that is parking in Manuka. We were greeted warmly when we inquired about our reservation and shown to a table just off the main traffic path from the kitchen and bar area. I had a good view of chickens turning on a rotisserie and over the evening enjoyed watching them slowly brown.
I apologise for the photography. My eyesight is getting poorer and with the low light the iPhone is not that good at capturing crisp images. I’ve used the Adobe PS Express application to artificially enhance the image quality by reducing shadow, increasing exposure, reducing black and applying clarity and vibrance. The black edge vignette also draws the eye into the centre of the image rather than the tattered edges.
The salmon was a shared entrée and had a delightful flavour. The fennel imparted a nice aniseed influence which was augmented by the gin. I’m not a drinker and didn’t understand the flavours from the gin and tonic. I’m grateful to Bron for explaining them.
The rotisserie special was locally acquired lamb. We were told not to expect a tender cut but flesh with lots more flavour than the lamb we’d buy from a super market or butcher. Our server was correct. The flavour was very robust and the meat was tougher than I expected but not unpleasant and certainly not a problem.
The Angus rump was wonderful. It was served rare, warm and full of beefy goodness. It was tender, easy to dissect and carried the flavour of the horseradish very nicely.
Our meat was served with a separate green salad plus a bowl of baby carrots which were very good.
For dessert I elected to break my low carbohydrate eating and went for the cheesecake panna cotta which came as a deconstructed cheesecake. You can see the panna cotta and next to it was a patch of biscuit crumb along with the blueberry and vodka compote. The panna cotta was firm like a cheesecake and not very sweet. I really enjoyed it. Bron had the churros and loved it.
The service at Ox Eatery was warm, friendly and helpful. All the staff smiled and went about their tasks efficiently. We arrived at 7 pm and the restaurant wasn’t very busy. We had the full attention of a couple of wait staff and this meant a very efficient service. Meals were served quickly and plates cleared soon after we had both positioned our knives and forks in the ‘finished’ position. We both felt it was a little rushed, but not in a rude or offensive manner. I think they were just wanting to be efficient knowing the restaurant would fill quickly around 8 pm (which it did).
I would happily eat at Ox Eatery again. Ideally I’d like to find a dozen or so friends so I can try to $800 suckling pig with fixings and trimmings. I joked with Bron that I’d hope a few friends were vegetarian so I could claim more pork 😉
I hope you’re well and continue to eat yummy.
Ox Eatery http://oxeatery.com.au/
Dinner menu http://oxeatery.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ox-menu.pdf
Whisky menu http://oxeatery.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ox-menu-whisky-list.pdf
Gin menu http://oxeatery.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/ox-menu-gin-list.pdf
Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/EeNmj