Since relocating to Oxford, me and my wife have been hard pressed to find that special restaurant that local hangout that covers all the bases...... WE HAVE NOW!!!!!!!!
We started our Saturday just looking for a quick snack in the sun with the kids and we heard from a work colleague that Branca has a beautiful garden in the rear of the restaurant, so we head off down beautiful trendy Walton street .
When we arrived we were greeted by the manager Rob ( host/salesman/down right gentleman). We weren't looking for for the full lunch experience just some snacks and a drink. Rob recommended we do the deli platter - selection of deli classics Parma ham, mini chorizo, buffalo mozzarella and pickled veg, small roast vegetable and goats cheese salad and a half and half pizza. During the ordering I blinked and suddenly ice cold bottles of water and focaccia bread arrived..... who trains the staff David Blaine, Magic.
The food was amazing, the staff friendly and chatty..... all 5 stars.
Being a Saturday, we had a feeling that the restaurant might be fully booked, so we corned Rob on the way out, for a booking in the evening , minus the kids. Booked in for 8pm.
I have always been a bit hesitant about returning to a restaurant, in the same day especially after a first great meal. Let's say the bar was raised ten fold because the night was just as great.
We arrived just before 8pm for a drink at the and the restaurant was packed, Rob still tirelessly working his magic, got us a couple of glasses of prosecco on him, whilst we waited for our table. Once seated, I blinked again and cold bottle of water and focaccia, we weren't doing a starter, so we recommended the tuna and the small trout risotto both dishes were superb, fresh ingredients that are well delivered.
So I wanted to see if we could stretch our stomachs just a few more inches and opted for the pudding taster. CHOCOLATE NEMESIS...... we where told told you wouldn't want chocolate again for a week after that....... so good.
The two trips were both amazing, you feel like VIPS...........ps we booked again for next Friday night.