Victory is Victors
Victors opened in May 2018 on the garden terrace of Westgate and has already established itself as a firm favourite of mine. It’s just fun! The atmosphere is always upbeat and the staff so welcoming. With enough gloom and doom out there to sink a battleship most days, we all need a bit of Victors sunshine to brighten our day. B4 recap on a visit to the Hamptons inspired restaurant with its brand new menu.
The team at Victors, lead by GM Mike Hogan, have made a great impression in Oxford. It’s a competitive space, the restaurant sector, but Victors have got it right in so many ways. With a mixture of relaxing music, a beautiful wisteria clad interior, superb food and service which is second to none, it’s difficult to quibble about anything. I must admit the new menu is great and easier to make your selections from. There are plenty of standout dishes so we had a glass of Veuve Clicquot each to help us decide!
Our starters included Shrimp Tempura with soy, youzu and cilantro, Chicken Skewer with sweet soy and sesame dressing, Seared Scallops with soy and white truffle dressing, Japanese mayonnaise, pickled radish, crispy shallot and wasabi arugula. But just as we had these works of art delivered to our table, Mike popped up and said ‘you have to try the Beef Tataki’. Within 5 minutes we were savouring what can only be described as the best beef you could ever desire…with soy and white truffle dressing (I’m not a big fan of truffle usually), it was incredible. Great suggestion from Mike and make sure you order it when you’re next in.
We shared a main because we were already quite replete. The Teritaki Salmon with wasabi arugula and herb salad was mouth-watering and the halloumi fries and spinach ensured our decision to share was a good one…we’d had more than enough!
But, surprise, surprise, the ‘two spoons’ dessert made an appearance with Chocolate and Mascarpone Mousse with dried raspberry. Now we were done!
To accompany, Tina had an Eternal Autumn mocktail including blood orange, cloudy apple, cranberry and lemon topped with soda. We ‘shared’ a bottle of Gavi di Gavi, La Toledana, but I think I might have had the lion’s share!
Slick, professional service is in abundance at Victors. Knowledgeable and engaging staff make the Victors experience a pleasure…let’s face it, there are enough run of the mill restaurants where the staff make it clear their jobs are hard work. The staff at Victors take the time to explain how it works, share their favourites and the rest is perfection. You just can’t ask for more.
If you’ve not been, you don’t know what you’re missing and I guarantee you’ll be going back, time and time again.
With thanks to Mike, Lee and the rest of the excellent team at Victors.
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