April 17, 2014

Birthday Dinner at Gee's

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Gee's has been on my radar for a while now. I first discovered Gee's when my boyfriend took me there for our first date a couple of years ago. The dinner was perfect, we sat in the big conservatory and had the most delicious lunch and chatted for hours.

I hadn't been back until a couple of weeks ago, when I went for coffee one Monday morning. Having been so impressed by the coffee and complementary sugary dough sticks I decided it would be a great place to try for dinner as both coffee and lunch were perfect.  

We were shown to our table, this time in the more formal end of the restaurant, a marble topped table with chairs covered in candy lemon yellow stripped cushions.

Once settled, we started about discussing and choosing from the impressive menu...

We all kicked off with the rhubarb processo. The most delicious mixture of rhubarb, vanilla and brown sugar and bubbling processo. I was so taken with the idea I am working on my own version to share in a few days.

I started with the soft shell crab. I love all seafood, even more when its battered and fried! served with a garlic aioli this was crunchy and fresh. A promising start..

The others went for scallops.. equally fresh and bursting with flavour.

Last year I spent my birthday in the Malmaison restaurant in Oxford, where I tackled their stack burger. A monstrosity complete with onion rings and a frois gras slider, topped with a perfect brioche bun.
(unfortunately I think they have stopped doing it but the restaurant is still well worth a visit, as it is set in the old prison, an experience in itself.)

I am not a regular burger eater but it seemed a shame to not stick to the birthday burger tradition so I went for the Gee's hamburger, as did everyone else. As burgers go, this was pretty good, a perfectly toasted bun, 'cooked to my liking' rare burger and crisp, but melt in the mouth on the inside chips. All served on a small wooden board. 

For dessert I went for the Pane cotta with meringues & honeycomb. The creamiest Pane cotta perfectly balanced with meringues, crunchy honeycomb and dried raspberries.

Gee's it well worth a visit whenever you are in Oxford, for coffee, lunch or dinner. Their menu and website can be found here.

 A perfect birthday supper. 

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