If you’ve read my other reviews of bottomless brunches on here, you’ll know how much I enjoy them! For my Birthday at the end of November I visited Oxbo in the Hilton at Southbank with friends to try their bottomless brunch offering. What’s great about this brunch is it’s not only the drinks that are bottomless, but the food too! For £42 you get unlimited drinks, unlimited starters/salads, unlimited waffles/eggs/pancakes and then three sharing main courses for the table followed by unlimited desserts.
Although it’s a bit of a mission to find – about a 10 minute walk from Southwark station – once you arrive, the Hilton Southbank lobby is predictably elegant and classy. The Oxbo restaurant is off the main lobby and when we arrived there was live acoustic music going on in the background, which set the tone nicely. Some people were quite dressy, others more casual, so it’s a great place to go for a celebration and dress up a bit if you want to.
All you can eat food, especially when it’s a buffet, can always be a bit hit and miss on the quality front, so that was my main concern prior to booking this for five of us. I needn’t have worried, the quality of the food and the choices available were really impressive and the prosecco top-ups were very efficient.
The “starters” included everything like salads, fish, meats, breads, cheeses etc. It was all beautifully presented and they had an unexpectedly large amount of choice. Everything was so fresh and the staff kept the stations immaculate. I had a swordfish ceviche, avocado ceviche, plenty of fresh prawns, gravid lax, tuna steak slices, mackerel, salami, chorizo, fresh sourdough, some brie, blue cheese and lots of salads. They had some usual salads (potato, pasta etc.) as well as some more inventive ones (yuzu marinated tofu, some roasted butternut squash salad, a giant cous cous roasted veg one, feta and celery etc.) – and plenty of choice for veggies and carnivores alike.
Whilst everyone else moved on to the eggs/waffles course, I decided to buck the trend and went straight to the dessert station. I was understandably worried that I might not have room for desserts and with so many to choose from, I was not about to sacrifice dessert for some eggs benedict, which although they looked tasty, I figured I could get anywhere!
The dessert station was the stuff of my dreams. There were so many desserts to choose from and not the horrible luminous jelly, gateaux and ice cream combinations that you usually get at hotel buffets for dessert. Oh no… this was much better. Profiteroles, crème brulee, panna cotta, cookies, pick n mix, chocolate opera cake, chocolate tarte, lemon meringue pie, trifles, cheesecakes – you name it, they had it and it was amazing. They had small plates set out for dessert but I went and got a large dinner plate stacked full of desserts and had zero regrets. No regrets for the second plate I hoovered up either.
Didn’t manage any of these after the two plates of desserts (see above) but I was reliably informed that they were very tasty. They were all cooked fresh to order and you could go up as many times as you wanted. These were my friend’s eggs benedict:
After you’re all done with your eggs, they ask if you’re ready for your sharing plates as the table. There was one veggie plate to share – a cauliflower and lentil dahl that was very rich and full of flavour, one meat and one fish dish. Everyone’s favourite was definitely the dahl.
The meat dish was lamb ribs which didn’t seem the most obvious choice to have as a sharing plate but was tasty and well-cooked none the less.
I didn’t have much of the fish dish but it was refreshing and light in contrast to the other two which were much richer.
Over by the dessert station, they even had a Pimp your Prosecco table complete with cordials, coulis, fresh mint, berries etc. which was fun and the live music in the background created a really nice, relaxed atmosphere. The service was impeccable and though they were strict on the 2 hours of bottomless fizz, they were less worried about how long you stayed at your table. They definitely were generous and quick with the top-ups, often before you asked which was great and sometimes lacking with other bottomless brunches.
After we’d finished our main they actually brought a lovely little cake with a candle and Happy Birthday written on the plate while the acoustic singer sang Happy Birthday!
Overall I loved brunch at Oxbo, I’d even go as far as to say it’s up there with The Garrison as one of my favourite bottomless brunches I’ve had in London. I think £42 for the quality and choice you get is brilliant value and it’s also somewhere you could take visiting family quite happily as there was a real mix of people and ages, unlike some of the more “millennial” brunch spots.
Price: ££ (£42 plus service per person).
Nearest tube: Southwark