Goodbye Summer (well, almost…) and a Sunny Lunch at Ox & Angela

Isn’t it always crazy how quickly the summer goes by? Now, I know that it’s not over yet, but I think we’re all starting to gear up for fall; whether that means heading back to school, burning up your last few summer vacation days or just plain weening yourself off all the gorgeous patios you can enjoy a cold drink on around town.

My cooking program, Start From Scratch, has begun accepting applications for our fall session, complete with a new chapter in Saskatoon, so my mind is already slowly transitioning to back-to-(cooking)-school mode. Not only has the summer sailed swiftly along, but this entire past twelve months in general. Ox & Angela just had their one year anniversary over the weekend. It seems like only yesterday I wrote this post about attending one of their very first services for friends and family last August. Crazy!

Anyway, I snagged a table on their sunny little patio this past Friday to have lunch with a good friend (just in case you didn’t know, Ox is now open for lunch service seven days a week). The menu here primarily focuses on tapas offerings, so many choices, only so much room in one’s stomach…

We ordered a handful of dishes, starting of with the Shaved Zucchini Salad. A generous amount of chilled zucchini was served with manchego cheese, mint, chunks of almond and lemon juice. It was very refreshing.

Next up, we had the Calamari (pictured above) and Mushroom Toast (pictured right).

The calamari was absolutely delicious, as I am a sucker for grilled squid when it’s done right. The orange gave the dish a nice sweetness, with a saltyy intensity from the sun dried olives balancing it all out.

The toast was equally tasty, with a nice variety of sautéed mushrooms, a hint of truffle oil and a poached egg perched on top to add some fresh, yolk-y goodness into the mix. Our waiter told us this was definitely one of menu favourites and I can definitely see why.

Continuing on our tapas journey, we moved on to some Patatas Bravas (not pictured, but so god damn tasty! Always my favourite here) and Prawns. Five plump prawns came out in a hot broth.

The broth sweet and tangy, made with sherry, sliced garlic, chili and a bit of lemon. We used all of the grilled bread served on the side to soak it all up. After all of this, there was no room for dessert. Sad, but true. Oh well, next time, next time…

Want to read more about Ox & Angela? Check out my Cocktail Feature for Daily XY, featuring one of their great summer drinks!


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4 Comments to “Goodbye Summer (well, almost…) and a Sunny Lunch at Ox & Angela”

  • Stephanie August 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I love the zucchini salad and the mushroom toast at Ox and Angela.. so so good.
    Nice photos!

  • Dan August 22, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Yeah. The mushroom toast rocks!

  • Loeber August 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Every meal there starts with the mushroom toast ALWAYS with an extra egg. Soooo Good.

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