Wednesday Beef and Bevy ($19.50) @ The Oxford Hotel, Leederville, W.A.

There are some days where A and I don’t feel like cooking and typically, Wednesdays are those days. A and I usually head to The Wembley for their $12 Surf and Turf special (which is really good!). However, on this particular Wednesday evening, A and I found ourselves keen for a steak but our usual haunt was fully booked, thanks to the State of Origin final. Seeing as though The Oxford is down the road from us (and we had a backup plan just in case they were full), we decided to try our luck at the The Oxford.

Luckily, we found a tiny table in the corner of one of The Oxford’s many rooms (it looks small from the outside but it is huge!). Our decision was quickly made, thanks to their Wednesday Beef and Bevy offer. It consists of a 300 gram sirloin steak, a sauce of your choice (mushroom, brandy pepper or creamy garlic sauce), salad and fries plus a complimentary glass of Stella Artois, Rothbury Red or White for a bargain $19.50. We asked for our steaks cooked medium rare and the glass of the Rothbury Red each. I choose the mushroom sauce whereas A ordered the pepper sauce.

After we ordered, A and I had a quick glance at the usual food menu at The Oxford and we both commented on the large array of dishes offered, including Duck liver parfait, Iranian figs, thyme brioche wafers ($12.00) and Beef cheeks, cauliflower sauce, garlic chips, grilled cornbread, crisp spinach ($27.50). A and I were quite taken by two dessert items on the menu and we decided to order desserts after our mains were finished.

It didn’t take long for our steaks to arrive and I was quite surprised with the size of the meal as it was quite generous. Our steaks were cooked really well and the chips were crispy and the salad was fresh.  I really liked the mushroom sauce which was quite thick and the mushrooms still had a firm texture to them. My one criticism was that my steak was a little bit too chewy for my liking in certain parts.

Before our bodies registered how full we were after our mains, I went back to the bar to order our dessert. A was keen on the Manjimup ginger figs, rice pudding, and white chocolate foam ($9.50) whereas I ordered the Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce ($6.50).

The photo below doesn’t do it justice – it looked impressive when it came to the table and I was excited to try it. The pudding was quite big in size and came with toffee sauce and a dollop of ice cream. There were large chunks of dates in throughout the pudding (yum!) and the toffee sauce had a perfect amount of sweetness to it. A’s fork kept making its way to my pudding throughout my meal and I don’t blame her – I would’ve had food envy too!

A’s Manjimup ginger figs, rice pudding, and white chocolate foam was well received by A. I forgot to try it (as I think I was distracted by my Sticky date pudding) so unfortunately I can’t comment on this dessert moreso.

All in all, I definitely recommend a visit to The Oxford to try their Wednesday Beef and Bevy offer, as well as a try of their Sticky Date Pudding for dessert! Just a side note – I recommend booking a table in advance, as the restaurant has a nicer atmosphere for a relaxing dinner.

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