Oxford eats | Portabello Restaurant

Oxford eats | Portabello restaurant | Lauren Ellen

On a very rare sunny Sunday afternoon, I headed to Portabello restaurant in Oxford for a late lunch.

Just as a bit of background for those of you who are not too familiar with Oxford, Portabello restaurant is in Summertown (North Oxford) which is known as the ‘nicer’ part of Oxford. When the sun is out, it is the perfect place to go for a walk – there are plenty of little shops, pubs, finer-dining restaurants, the best Italian restaurant (Mamma Mia) and a wine café – what else do you need?!

I had pre-booked but was pleasantly surprises at how quiet it was (considering the weather). We chose to sit outside so I could people watch and after a few minutes of scanning the menu I already knew I wanted steak! I have to say though, the menu offers a great range of fresh and varied dishes.

I didn’t fancy any of the starters so ordered some fresh bread – sometimes bread and balsamic oil is all you need, along with a gorgeous bottle of red wine.

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To accompany our rump steaks, we opted for chunky chips and a bowl of rocket with balsamic to share (I LOVE ROCKET!)

It was cooked to perfection and exactly how I asked (medium) – and most importantly tasted great. It didn’t seem very big, but I struggled to finish it (obviously I did!).

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I was also reminded of how bloody hard it is to take good shots in the sun – especially on an iPhone (a professional camera is on my Christmas list!)

If you ever find yourself on this side of town, I recommend a visit to Portabello restaurant. The food and service was really good. It’s not the cheapest place to eat, but I’d recommend it as a treat on a sunny afternoon.

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