Our Inspector's View
Right by the famous 'Rings' statue on the Lagan waterfront, OX is a pared-down space with board floor, teal colour scheme and a mezzanine level with extra tables. Friendly staff are ready with explanations of the tasting menus, which deal in first-class regional produce prepared with innovative flair. Lunch might open with spelt risotto adorned with girolles, shaved summer truffle and persillade, before delicately Indian-spiced halibut appears with bergamot-scented fennel and romanesco. Pedigree meats such as Chateaubriand and bone marrow with salsify and wild garlic are the stars of the evening show, perhaps following cured sea trout with pickled mussels in buttermilk. Intriguing, refreshingly light desserts encompass blood orange on caramelised pastry with mascarpone, or blackberry sorbet and lemon verbena on a sablé biscuit and custard. The attention to detail in extras like the onion galette topped with tomato, olive and shiso, or the hand-churned Cuinneog butter with the sourdough, inspires confidence.
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Facilities – at a glance
First-class regional produce prepared with flair
- Seats: 40
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 2
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 17
- Cuisine style: Modern Irish
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
The capital of Northern Ireland since 1920, Belfast is a solid Victorian city with many surprises in store. Although historically it has been at the centre of the Troubles and the well-documented conflict between Republicans and Unionists, today it’s a pleasant, peaceful and friendly European city.
It was built largely on the sea trading, shipbuilding and textile trades, with large public buildings that sit grandly amid fading red-brick terraces and commercial premises. Parts of Belfast are a bit shabby, but it’s modernising quickly along the River Lagan and around the heart of the city. Even in the less touristy areas there is plenty of life and atmosphere. Belfast people are generous with their time and help; they may speak with black humour and they enjoy conversation. The city is very easy to negotiate and there are a number of green and pleasant ways to get around: on foot or by bicycle, on one of the frequent city buses or cruising along the River Lagan on a boat.
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