Located on Cornmarket Street, the UK-wide chain, Cosy Club is now open in Oxford! The first Cosy Club opened in 2010 in Somerset and has not stopped growing ever since.
Chic meets rustic- that’s the best way I would be able to describe the distinguishable interior design, complemented by a low-lighting atmosphere.
Kicked off the experience with drinks of course! The cocktails of choice were the Mango Colada, English Garden, Flapper Fizz Martini, and Strawberry Shrub Mojito.
The Flapper Fizz Martini was the standout cocktail while the Mango Colada was a tad disappointing as it purely tasted of Pineapple juice- I would’ve liked to taste more of the mango and the rum!
Onto the starters…
The choices were treacle-cured pork belly bites, pulled beef and smoked bacon croquettes, Asian fried chicken, garlic prawns, and massaman cauliflower.
The treacle-cured pork belly bites stole the show. The pork was well-cooked, very tender, and perfectly coated in the cider and mustard glaze.
The pulled beef and smoked bacon croquettes were delicious with the shaved parmesan adding the ideal balance of salt to the dish. I enjoyed the massaman cauliflower dish – a generous portion. The garlic prawns and the Asian fried chicken were a bit underwhelming and could have done with more flavour.
At my table we ordered a good mix of the mains.
Although the fillet steaks had to be sent back as it wasn’t quite cooked in the way I had requested, the second time around it tasted great and was cooked accordingly, well complimented by the peppercorn sauce.
The confit duck leg was slightly overcooked so wasn’t as juicy as expected, but the sauce & butterbeans saved the dish.
The sesame salmon was accompanied by teriyaki noodles and was delicious. The fish was cooked perfectly and the teriyaki noodles really enhanced the salmon flavour.
Now on to my favourite part of every meal- dessert!
I am a sucker for chocolate mousse. Adding salted caramel and honeycomb to this dish was right up my street. The mousse texture was perfect and the salted caramel at the base was perfect – my sweet tooth cravings were satisfied for the night!
The apple tarte was beautifully presented but I personally found that the caramel was too overwhelming as it meant I could not taste the apple at all.
The velvet chocolate brownie- honestly, nothing to write home about. It was very dense and just lacked a bit of sparkle to make it stand out (brownies are such a common dessert on menus that I believe restaurants need to have a stand-out brownie before putting it on their menu).
The wait between courses was a bit longer than it should’ve been, but I’m hoping this is due to initial teething problems as the service was great. The highlight of my Cosy Club experience was most definitely our server Catlin (hopefully that’s the right spelling). She was absolutely lovely throughout the meal- her warm and friendly demeanour really went a long way.
Overall, Cosy Club gets a 6/10 from me!
Northgate House Development, Cornmarket St, Oxford OX1 3EZ
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