What a fool. It turns out that I’m a great, big FOOL. Or at least fool for a day (today, April 1st) thanks to the Ox and Finch restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland.
Late last night (Los Angeles time), the award-winning restaurant totally APRIL-FOOLED me via their twitter feed. I could blame it on the fact that I read the tweet in bed, while drifting off to sleep, or note that my guard was down because it was STILL March 31st here in L.A. (April 1st Scotland time). But the fact is, I fell for the gag and even reposted the details on twitter and Facebook!
The April Fools Day tweet read, “Ox and Finch – Sub Zero. An Antarctic Pop-Up Appearance in July 2016! Click for more info…”
So, I clicked and continued reading on their Facebook page, which stated: “With Danish restaurant, NOMA and acclaimed chef, Heston Blumenthal having already staged pop-ups in Australia, we are delighted to announce challenging plans to raise the bar by hosting a month-long, pop-up restaurant during July 2016 in the British Antarctic Territory, titled: Ox and Finch – Sub Zero.” The post even included an artist rendering of the popup in Antarctica! Check it out here.
What a sucker! And just when I was about to post photos of a lovely meal I had there last September with my father and stepmum. They both loved Ox and Finch as well, and I was so disappointed I didn’t get back for another meal when I visited last month.
Kudos to you Ox and Finch — you fooled me enough to dream about saving up for a trip to Antarctica. Luckily I won’t have to go THAT far, and hopefully I’ll see you on my next visit home to Scotland.
Ox and Finch is located in the fashionable Glasgow neighborhood of Finnieston. Chef/Owner, Jonathan MacDonald opened to rave reviews back in 2014, earning a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand (award for good food at affordable prices). Read more about Chef MacDonald here.
I had been following the restaurant on twitter for a year before trying it out. Last September, on a visit home to Scotland, I secured a reservation (they book up quickly) and treated my parents to a night out. As you’ll see by the photos below, we may have ordered the entire menu! Photo above: Panko Pork with Tamarind and Palm Sugar.
Smoked Mackerel Pâté, Radicchio, Fennel and Pink Grapefruit.
Wild Mushrooms, Duck Egg with LARDO, Croutons, Parsley (Note the glorious LARDO on the right side of the egg).
Rabbit, Ham Hock, Foie Gras and Pistachio Terrine with Gingerbread and Pear.
Buffalo Mozzarella, Fig, Mint, Prosciutto and 8year-aged Balsamic.
Scrabster Hake, Brown Shrimps, Samphire, Lardo, Brown Butter.
Spiced Scallops, Chana Dal, Pickled Cucumber and Yoghurt.
Squid, Prawns, Chorizo, Morcilla with Smoked Paprika on Sourdough.
Beetroot, Green Beans, Toasted Seeds and Barrel-Aged Feta.
Italian Sausage, Potato Gnocchi, Squash, Rosemary and Chili.
Braised Pork Cheeks, Smoked Polenta, Capers and Pine Nuts.
Confit Lamb Shoulder, Rose Harissa, Shredded Salad, Baba Ganoush. No room for dessert!
Interior dining and bar (top photo).
Dining date: 9/15/15
Ox & Finch
Address: 920 Sauchiehall Street
Tel 0141 339 8627
Follow @OxAndFinch on twitter
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More photos from September 2015 visit to Scotland
I still suck at selfies, but love this photo with my dad
About Glasgow, Scotland
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