Channeling out from using crisp white tablecloths and offering seven-course meals, Oxbow is twisting the dining experience at Kensington’s Riverside Inn with an uncomplicated flavour-first approach to each dish that is balanced with casual comfort.
The food and the interior design by Sarah Ward Interior of the space that once was Chef’s Table has undergone great unclenching by offering creatively fun menu items and adding ease to create a lounge ambience.
Stepping away from small plates and into playful dishes, Chef de Cuisine, Sean Cutler along with Executive Chef Jan Hanswen are spinning off traditional beef tartare by serving it on a crunchy hickory potato chip and dressing up a common club sandwich with confit chicken and roasted garlic aioli making irresistibly relaxed familiar favourites.
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Are you ready for a revolutionized wing night? A must-try are the crispy duck wings slathered in sticky honey-garlic with crushed cashew and Saskatoon berry topped with pickled carrot ribbons. Pair it with their golden Oxbow Kolsch (brewed by Big Rock) or choose from their on tap and bottled selections.
Offering express lunches with the choice to add a double chocolate or peanut butter cookie to-go and a prix fixe 4 course dinner menu amongst their plate selections, you’ll find food that suits the pace of your day and a dish that will undoubtedly satisfy your cravings.
Head to Oxbow for breakfast during the week–it opens at 7 am Monday to Friday and 8am on weekends.
Asides from the classic egg brekkie options, you can start your day with a cinnamon bun topped with strawberry crème fraîche (which will make you relive your childhood dreams), a health conscious Saskatoon berry smoothie bowl topped with hemp heart and flax seed granola or a soul-satiating rosemary infused waffle ham sandwich dripping in Swiss cheese and maple whiskey Dijon.
With a 20-seat patio facing the Bow, a daily weekday happy hour from 5 to 7 pm and a list of 50 wines under $50, Oxbow could easily become your second dining room.
Address: 1126 Memorial Drive NW