Sunday, 15 July 2012

Oxford Restaurant Guide

Hey, it's approaching blog's first birthday! To celebrate, I thought I'd do a special, strictly informative piece on Oxford restaurants. I've spent over £1000 eating out in Oxford. I have not spent £1000 at the twenty or so places I've reviewed on this blog. When I eat out, I don't do it particularly opulently. I'm not particularly stingy but probably won't get a drink unless it's evening (or it's really, really necessary). It's just that I started this blog two thirds of my way through Oxford and so the bulk of the places I've tried, I tried before this existed. Some of the places I first visited before the blog but managed to return to after. However, now that I've left, I'd like to think that my life will go to new and exciting places and so I won't have the opportunity to review every place I'd like to in Oxford on here. Nevertheless, I have a memory. So I'll put that memory to good use and tell you about my experiences at all the places I've eaten at in Oxford, even from the pre-blog days. It's self explanatory. Food covers the quality of the food regardless of price. Value covers how screwed over I felt by what I was charged. Atmosphere is the vaguest criteria and covers the decor, vibe and service. Also, bear in mind that it probably reflects how I was feeling at the time. The overall score is generally how I feel about the restaurant. I've also included number of times I've visited that particular restaurant so you can make a judgement about whether some of them were having really good or really bad days. THIS IS MY OPUS. Ctrl + F and enjoy.


Arbat
Russian, Cowley Road
Visited: 1
Food: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £15

The Rusty Bicycle
Pub, Magdalen Road
Visited: 1
Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £15

Kalamata
Greek, Cowley Road
Visited: 7
Food: 7/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £15

AK City
Cambodian, Takeaway, Cowley Road
Visited: 1
Food: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: n/a
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £5

Cafe Coco, Cafe, Cowley Road
Visited: 5
Food: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £12

Kazbar
Moroccan Tapas, Cowley Road
Visited: 6
Food: 7/10
Value: 4/10 not on deal, 8/10 on deal
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £7 or £15

Mirch Masala
Indian, Takeaway, BYO
Cowley Road
Visited: 3
Food: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 3/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £10

Rajasthan
Indian, Takeaway, BYO
Cowley Road
Visited: 3
Food: 4/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 2/10
Overall: 4/10
Expect to spend: £10

Kesh
Moroccan, Cowley Road
Visited: 1
Food: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £12

Aziz
Indian, Cowley Road
Visited: 2
Food: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £20

Chopsticks
Chinese, Takeaway, BYO
Cowley Road
Visited: 1
Food: 3/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 4/10
Overall: 4/10
Expect to spend: £10

Magdalen Arms
Pub, Iffley Road
Visited: 3
Food: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 9/10
Expect to spend: £18

Oxford Thai Restaurant
Thai, Takeaway, Cowley Road
Visited: 1
Food: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: n/a
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £12

Atomic Burger
American, Cowley Road
Visited: 4
Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10 at lunchtime, 5/10 other times
Atmosphere: 9/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £10

Oxford's Grill
Turkish, Cowley Road
Visited: 3
Food: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £10

Lan Kwai Fong
Chinese, Cowley Road
Visited: 2
Food: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £7 at lunch or £15 at dinner

Cous Cous
Cafe, Moroccan, St. Clement's Street
Visited: 10+
Food: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £5

Pink Giraffe
Chinese, Takeaway, St Clement's Street
Visited: 2
Food: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £15

High Table
European, High Street
Visited: 1
Food: 7/10
Value: 4/10
Atmosphere: 4/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £20

La Cucina
Italian, St Clement's Street
Visited: 2
Food: 5/10
Value: 3/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £15

Quod
European, High Street
Visited: 2
Food: 4/10
Value: 4/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 4/10
Expect to spend: £15

Olives
Delicatessen, Sandwich, High Street
Visited: 10+
Food: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 9/10
Expect to spend: £5

Queen's Lane Cafe
Cafe, High Street
Visited: 5
Food: 4/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £5

The Vaults
Cafe, High Street
Visited: 4
Food: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £7

AT Thai
Thai, High Street
Visited: 2
Food: 2/10
Value: 4/10
Atmosphere: 2/10
Overall: 2/10
Expect to spend: £15

Chiang Mai Kitchen
Thai, High Street
Visited: 1
Food: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 10/10
Expect to spend: £15

Chequers
Pub, High Street
Visited: 2
Food: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £8

Edamame
Japanese, Holywell Street
Visited: 10
Food: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £10

The White Horse
Pub, Broad Street
Visited: 2
Food: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £12

Turl Street Kitchen
British, Turl Street
Visited: 2
Food: 7/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Expect to spend: £12

Chez Gaston
French, North Parade Avenue
Visited: 1
Food: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £8

Georgina's
Cafe, Covered Market, High Street
Visited: 1
Food: 7/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £5

Fasta Pasta
Cafe, Covered Market, High Street
Visited: 1
Food: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: n/a
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £5

Alpha Bar
Cafe, Covered Market, High Street
Visited: 1
Food: 7/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: n/a
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £5

Pie Minister
British, Covered Market, High Street
Visited: 4
Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £5

Browns
British, Woodstock Road
Visited: 1
Food: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £15

Tick Tock Cafe
Breakfast, Cafe, Cowley Road
Visited: 4
Food: 4/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £5

Patisserie Valerie
Breakfast, Cafe, High Street
Visited: 7
Food: 7/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £10

Makan La
Malaysian, St. Michael's Street
Visited: 1
Food: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 9/10
Expect to spend: £8

Pizza Express
Italian, Chain, Cornmarket Street
Visited: 3
Food: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 3/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £10

Cafe Rouge
French, Chain, Little Clarendon Street
Visited: 4
Food: 6/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £12

Strada
Italian, Chain, Little Clarendon Street
Visited: 3
Food: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £12

La Tasca
Spanish, Tapas, Chain, Oxford Castle
Visited: 4
Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £15

Chez Gerard
French, Chain, George Street
Visited: 1
Food: 6/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £15

Giraffe
European, Chain, George Street
Visited: 2
Food: 5/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £10

Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Burger, Chain, George Street
Visited: 7
Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £10

Noodle Nation
Chinese, Gloucester Green
Visited: 10
Food: 6/10
Value: 10/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £10

Jamie's Italian
Italian, George Street
Visited: 1
Food: 6/10
Value: 4/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend £15

Combibos
Breakfast, Cafe, Gloucester Green
Visited: 1
Food: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £10

Sojo
Chinese, Sichuan, George Street
Visited: 5
Food: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £15

Paddyfields
Chinese, Hythe Bridge Street
Visited: 1
Food: 2/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 2/10
Overall: 2/10
Expect to spend: £7

Cafe Opium
Chinese, George Street
Visited: 1
Food: 3/10
Value: 4/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 4/10
Expect to spend: £10

Eagle and Child
Pub, St Giles Street
Visited: 1
Food: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £8

Cape of Good Hope
Pub, Cowley Road
Visited: 3
Food: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £10

Jericho Tavern
Pub, Walton Street
Visited: 3
Food: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £12

Jude the Obscure
Pub, Walton Street
Visited: 1
Food: 5/10
Value: 9/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £10

Green's Cafe
Cafe, St Giles Street
Visited: 3
Food: 6/10
Value: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £5

St Giles Cafe
Cafe, Breakfast, St Giles Street
Visited: 3
Food: 5/10
Value: 9/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £5

Los Iguanas
Mexican, Park End Street
Visited: 1
Food: 5/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 5/10
Expect to spend: £12

4540 Miles to Delhi
Indian, Park End Street
Visited: 1
Food: 6/10
Value: 4/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £15

Dosa Park
Indian, Takeaway Park End Street
Visited: 2
Food: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Atmosphere: n/a
Expect to spend: £7

Chutney's
Indian, Takeaway, St Michael's Street
Visited: 8
Food: 8/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £15

Maxwell's
American, Queen Street
Visited: 3
Food: 4/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £15

Pierre Victoire
French, Little Clarendon Street
Visited: 1
Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £15

Al Shami
Lebanese, Walton Crescent
Visited: 1
Food: 4/10
Value: 3/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 4/10
Expect to spend: £15

Bombay
Indian, Takeaway, Walton Street
Visited: 1
Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £12

Jamal's
Indian, Walton Street
Visited: More than I'd care to admit
Food: 1/10
Value: 2/10
Atmosphere: 3/10
Overall: 1/10
Expect to spend: £15

Jericho Cafe
Cafe, Breakfast, Walton Street
Visited: 1
Food: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 9/10
Expect to spend: £7

Al Andalus
Spanish, Tapas, Little Clarendon Street
Visited: 4
Food: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £15

Mamma Mia
Italian, Walton Street
Visited: 1
Food: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £10

Gino's
Italian, Gloucester Green
Visited: 1
Food: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £12

My Sichuan
Chinese, Sichuan, Gloucester Green
Visited: 1
Food: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £20

Shanghai 30s
Chinese, St Aldate's Street
Visited: 1
Food: 9/10
Value: 6/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £20

Liaison, Chinese, Castle Street
Visited: 1
Food: 2/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 3/10
Overall: 3/10
Expect to spend: £10

Manos, Greek, Cafe
Walton Street
Visited: 1
Food: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Overall: 8/10
Expect to spend: £7

Mission
Mexican, Takeaway
St Michael's Street, King Edward Street
Visited: 3
Food: 5/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: n/a
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £7

Oxford Pizza and Kebab Shop
Kebab, Takeaway, Late Night
St Clement's Street
Visited: 2
Food: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: n/a
Overall: 6/10
Expect to spend: £5

The Fishes
Pub, Countryside, North Hinksey Village
Visited: 1
Food: 8/10
Value: 5/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Overall: 7/10
Expect to spend: £20

The Fishes
Pub, Countryside, Binsey Village
Visited: 1
Food: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Overall: 9/10
Expect to spend: £30

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