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Friday, May 1, 2015

First Impressions: The Oxford Tap House

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The Oxford, sister to The Mill on Constance opened last year in the trendy suburb of Bulimba and is in a great little spot on the corner of a hill surrounded by some nice old trees with a decked area.

High tables, high chairs, dark wood, dark metal and industrial looking lights create a familiar but inviting bar that I now wish I'd visited earlier!

After watching the Avenger's at a near by cinema we were pretty hungry so an early dinner was in store and The Ox delivered with a share-centric menu of sliders, fries, wings and some less common choices like fried white bait or popcorn duck!

There is also a specials bored with routine specials being chicken wings on Monday's and beef ribs on Tuesday's.

We went with pork slider's, fries and smoked cheddar croquettes and this was enough for 2 people but if you were really hungry you would get 1 or two more choices to share as the portions whilst decent are not as big as some places but still fairly well priced ranging from $6.50 for fries to $15 for the duck.

The croquettes were totally delicious, deep fried with a crunchy coating and super silky, soft and smokey inside that oozes as out as you bite into it. They don't come with any mayo or sauce but you really don't need it, super tasty and moreish little bites!

Slider's were interesting with Asian style marinated pork, creamy slaw and house made pickle finished with some crunch in the form of what seemed to be corn chips, sounds weird but all of this on a soft little brioche made for a tasty treat.
There is 5 taps (and a bottle selection) with a focus on Australian craft featuring largely local options like Fortitude, Green Beacon and Newstead but at the time of my visit they had the delicious IPA from Rock's Brewing in Sydney on tap so I had a couple of those with our food.

For the non-beer drinker there is a decent selection of wines, a tap cider/ginger beer and a range of bottled cider's too.

Overall this is a pretty nice little spot for a few drinks or a meal especially if you have 2 or more friends to share it with.

If you are local or near Bulimba I can strongly recommend you check it out!

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