Oaks Restaurant – review
Not afraid of a rainy Monday afternoon we decided to have lunch at the new Oaks Restaurant located in Nottingham’s city centre. Oaks serves locally-produced sausages and meats cooked over wood embers. The restaurant also offers locally brewed craft ales on tap, as well as carafes of wine and a pared down cocktail list.
Here is what we thought about our recent visit.
Anna: The smell of BBQ and the glorious aroma of wood fires met us as we ventured into Oaks restaurant on this cold and rainy afternoon. I felt instantly at home and relaxed in this woodland themed restaurant. The open kitchen was tantalising, watching the chef’s work with bated breath as I waited for my angus steak cheese burger and sweet potato fries, willing the next off the wood fired grill to be mine! Be warned if you are hungry waiting for your food is agonising as the smell wafting from the kitchen is simply divine! The food is well worth the wait though; such a juicy burger that simply melts in the mouth is worth every penny in my book and I will be returning for my burger fix very soon. What an addition to Nottingham’s food scene!
Alistair: With the summer already feeling like a distant memory, and the rain tumbling outside, Oaks seemed like the perfect restaurant to duck inside, and warm up in a smoky haze of good, hearty food. The evocative smell of burning wood embers, which subtly flavours the juicy meats and veggies on the grill, adds to the atmosphere of cosy winter warmth – while also putting your stomach onto standby for the tasty fare that’s to come. Choosing wasn’t an easy task, but the hefty pork, pancetta and smoked paprika sausage in a cob eventually won out, along with a side of flavoursome hand-cut chips. This was no ordinary sausage, and I had to concentrate on slowing down to savour every flavour-packed mouthful, and avoid the temptation to wolf the whole lot down as quickly as possible. They say there’s no smoke without fire, and you can believe the rumours – Oaks is a fantastic new addition to Nottingham’s foodie scene.
Tom: Upon browsing the menu and being spoilt for choice, I eventually plumped for the beef, gruyere cheese, red wine and red onion sausage on a cob with a side of hand-cut chips. I must confess to being a staple meat eater, so the wide range of sausages, chicken and burgers appealed to my stomachs craving for a hearty lunch that would see me through the afternoon. The smell inside OAKS is that of wood burning, reminiscent of the great outdoors with meat cooking on a BBQ – it really does make the atmosphere cosy and comforting as you wait for your meal on tenterhooks. The decor is solid wood throughout, again creating the illusion you might be dining in the middle of a forest rather than a city-centre restaurant. The food, well it lived up to its billing – perfectly cooked and tasty from start to finish. The mix of flavours in the sausages was perfect and the chips were chunky and packed with flavour – no need for ketchup on these! OAKS was perfect for a work lunch, but I can imagine it being just as spot on for an evening meal with friends or family incorporated with a night on the town or an evening’s entertainment.
Kinga: There’s nothing better than stepping into a cosy and warm room from a rainy and gloomy weather. It was my first time at the new Oaks restaurant so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Excited to see how the venue was transformed I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful modern décor and intelligent use of space. Do you know this feeling when a smell brings back happy memories? The delicious smell at Oaks brought back my memories of a summer barbecue season which made me feel comfortable and relaxed.
I always find it hard to make up my mind when it comes to choosing a dish and this time wasn’t an exception. In the end I decided to go for Angus beef burger with hand-cut chips and Oaks chopped salad. It’s been a while since I’ve had a burger which was as tasty as this one, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, I was positively surprised by the selection of spices in the Oaks chopped salad – it was a perfect side to the burger. I can’t wait to try other delicious items on their menu and will definitely take friends to dine at Oaks again soon.
For the full eat, drink and kids menus go to the Oaks Restaurant website: http://www.oaksnottingham.co.uk/eat-and-drink/.