Red Ox Inn has been around for over 20 years but I’ve only visited it recently. It’s located south of Edmonton in Bonnie Doon. The interior is very small with dim lighting and fitting around 10-15 tables. The menu is short and simple, offering 5 appetizers and 6 entrees (which is great because I always order too much). Note that the menu changes daily as well.
The first appetizer that came out was the beef carpaccio. This dish took around 30 minutes to come out after ordering. The beef was light and delicious with different textures. There isn’t much to note about this dish except that the parmesan slices adds a little richness.
The next appetizer took over half an hour to serve to my table after I’ve already finished the first one. They ran out of the trout appetizer, so they replaced it with scallop instead. The scallop was perfectly seared and the butter sweet pea sauce compliments it nicely. It was also topped with arugula, watercress, and asparagus, giving it an “Asian” taste.
I chose the lamb entree paired with a glass of little yerin pinot noir. My first thought was that there is a lot going on with this dish. So, let me break it down for you: it’s essentially a lamb rack under smoked creme fraiche, with roased cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and vadovan spice. It’s also topped with chickpeas and hazelnuts. The lamb itself was incredibly tender and falls right off the bone, however, it was lacking a pinch of salt. Everything else pairs very well with the lamb in terms of flavour and texture.
It was a debate between the trout or the strip loin. The tie breaker was the potato croquette. Like I said in my previous posts, I LOVE potatoes and CARBS. The strip loin was paired with potato croquette, mushrooms, broccolini, and house BBQ sauce. The steak was very flavourful but a little chewy. It was cooked to medium rare as well. Also, one thing I noticed with all the entrees was how filling and larger they are compared to your average high end restaurant.
Now, I couldn’t leave without trying their desserts. The key lime posset is basically a light key lime pie with coconut chantilly cream and topped with pistachio, crushed graham crackers, and kumquat slices. The key lime posset is more sour than the average key lime pie you would get at a grocery store or bakery. I would prefer more coconut chantilly cream to balance out the sourness from the key lime.
Peanut butter and chocolate mousse, peanut butter shortbread, and salted caramel peanuts. That’s a lot of peanut butter if you ask me! The peanut butter and chocolate mousse had a fudge-like consistency and tasted very rich and sweet. It was a little too heavy for my liking so I would not recommend this if you prefer something light.
The high ratings of Red Ox Inn speaks for itself. The food is delicious, and all the ingredients are local. The only downside for me was the inattentive customer service. I would not recommend coming here if you are hungry and expect the dishes to be quick, because there was a 30-40 minute layover between each dish. In other words, do NOT come here if you get hangry (like me). I understand it could have been due to a busy night, but having worked in the restaurant industry, that was not an excuse. My experience was even more unpleasant because our server didn’t seem the least bit happy serving us. We didn’t get any recommendations on the menu upon request. Now, I usually don’t mind poor customer service if the food makes up for it, but having to wait a ridiculous amount of time for our order to be served was very disappointing.
Red Ox Inn
9420 91 Street NW, Edmonton, AB