I get a lot of foodie updates about what is new in Portland. So even though I have a laundry list of established places I’ve been wanting to try, I find myself tempted by all the new stuff. I’m a neophyte, what can I say? Ox, an Argentinian inspired joint, peaked my interest. The menu sounded delicious so I dragged Big Spoon, The Gunner, and Dumpling Man (of course) here to see what all the hype was about. Unfortunately, we were a bit underwhelmed by the food and completely overwhelmed by all the heavy smoky odor from the open bbq.
I think this was a chilled asparagus soup. It was cool, just a bit creamy, and a nice way to start the meal.
Bruschetta kampachi sashimi, avocado mousse, radish, cucumber, shiso
Very beautiful to look at, but the bread was way too hard and crispy. The kampachi was nice as was all the other accoutrements, but the dish failed to wow us.
Empanada sunchoke, broccoli, fontina, oregon black truffle
I’ve tried to be a fan of empanadas, but I can never seem to get past the the flaky dough being too greasy and the meaty filling being too dry. Despite this empanada’s ho-hum appearance, it was actually quite tasty and interesting. First of all no dry meat here, just veggies and cheese. I’ve never had sunchokes prepared this way. All in all, better than I was expecting.
Tuscan Kale sweet gem lettuce, feta ranch dressing, fried chickpeas, kalamta olives, roasted beets
Another pretty dish, but the dressing was bland. Everything was bland except the olives and beets.
I really enjoyed this chimichuri here. It packed a lot of flavor that paired well with the grilled meats.
When you order the large order of grilled meats, the salad comes with it. It wasn’t very uninteresting and lacked that tangy kick you expect in a great salad. It did manage to cut some of the grease from the meat.
I really wanted to like the potatoes because I almost like all fried or homestyle potatoes. The creamy sauce didn’t add much depth.
Asado Argentino grilled short rib, chorizo, morcilla, skirt steak, sweet breads
So here is the large order of grilled meats, which I think is meant for 2 people to share, but considering all the other things we ordered it was more than enough meat for 4 of us. I would say my favorite cuts were the skirt steak. Others like the short rib but I found it too fatty. The chorizo was ok, a bit too grainy in texture for me. I don’t like sweat breads and the morcilla was glistening in fat and did not taste very appealing. Overall, the meat was too greasy.
Roasted Sea Scallops mussels, tomato puttanesca broth, roasted fennel, cauliflower, capers, olives
You can never go wrong with scallops!
Sauteed Mushrooms foie gras, spring onions, spinach
Good, but I think I could have made this at home.
Oh I loved the prawns. I love almost any prawns as long as their not overcooked.