A new kid on the block, Oaks Nottingham is an eco-friendly restaurant with a simple yet flavourful menu.
Housed in a setting that screams cosy alpine lodge, and split half and half into restaurant and bar, Oaks uses wood embers to cook many of it’s dishes – with wood coming from sustainable sources all approved by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
The restaurant is ideal for when your parents visit (poor you!), cute date nights or even just a hearty bonding meal with your flatmates, and has a select menu that is heavily meat based – choices include enormous sausages, steaks and burgers, all with a little Oaks twist.
Being a meat lover myself, I went straight for the sausages, which were very large, and came in a variety of meats; lamb, chicken, pork and even wild boar.
Sides come extra, but I highly recommend the truffle mash and naked coleslaw – which complimented the sausage perfectly.
My dining companion for the evening was a vegetarian, and she was disappointed by the small choice available – which is something, given time to flourish and settle in Oaks will likely change on their menu.
She had the portobello mushroom, avocado and aubergine burger, along with a side of hand cut chips.
Before desert, we sampled some of their signature cocktails; many of which contained gin and were a taste explosion in themselves. The ‘Chilli Cooler’ which was a blend of tequila, lime, mint and agarve nectar came with a hot aftertaste from the powerful chili’s inside, which really ignited your mouth!
The deserts were a choice of doughnuts with marsala cream, which tastes like the wine of the same name, a cheese board or ice cream; which is what we went for. It wasn’t just your standard Neapolitan though; flavours included unusually tasty concoctions like Bakewell tart and carrot cake. To my surprise the Bakewell tart flavour tasted exactly how you’d imagine the cake to, which is quite hard to achieve when it comes to ice cream!
Although this place is not the cheapest of all the restaurants in the city, it certainly is good value for what you get. The portion sizes are generous, the atmosphere is just right with a chilled vibe – and if you stay late enough you’ll usually catch a DJ on the decks. Staff are super friendly, and can’t do enough for you, and you can watch the chefs cook your food in the open plan live kitchen. Oaks is located at Bromley Place, just off Maid Marion Way, and is really worth a visit, even if it’s just for a drink.
Oaks are holding a student launch party this Saturday (26th) with free glass of bubbles if you come dressed as a lumberjack! There’s DJ Kilme and guests from 9pm and a prize for the best dressed. Check out oaksnottingham.co.uk for more info.