The Oxford Castle Complex is one of the newer additions to the city centre’s offerings for food venues, and sitting proudly in the middle is Malmasion, the hotel that used to be a prison, and hidden inside, The Brasserie restaurant.
Having been guilty of judging that Mailmaison would be overpriced, I thought this would be a good excuse to eat at the hotel’s restaurant and put that myth to bed.
The Brasserie is hidden around the corner and down the stairs, away from the main hotel and is set in what feels like a darkened cellar – but what immediately greets you is the atmosphere which is extremely relaxed and tasteful.
To start, we shared the Oxford Blue Cheese Fondue which was delicious (see lower pic), so much so that when the bread was gone we felt the need to finish the cheese with whatever we could find! As a starter to share this was perfect for two, as you would expect from the fondue in it’s continued renaissance.
For main, we both opted for the Mal Burger (right) – which comes no rarer than medium-rare – incidentally just how I like it. As quoted from the menu, the burger is a : “250 gram burger made from naturally reared ground beef, with gruyère cheese, bacon, homemade fries” – and 50p from every burger sold is donated to The Variety Club Foundation. The burger was immense – both tasty and satisfying.
The food with two drinks came in at around £40 – excellent value I think you will agree, and the classy surroundings and perfectly presented food make this a must try.
Food of the Ox rating: 8/10