The newest restaurant to hit Linthorpe Road is already making a great impression on the locals.
The restaurant that aims to create Michelin star dishes at affordable prices is definitely the hottest eaterie in Boro at the moment.
It has a very contemporary style and when its full of people, it has a lovely vibrant atmosphere.
Tarek Thoma is the man behind the new venture. He has conjured a hybrid menu that takes food from English, French, Mediterranean and Middle-eastern cuisine.
There is a great variety on the menu, including some delicious vegetarian options too.
Oven offer’s customers a lunch menu that runs from 12pm to 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday.
The menu has fantastic value too as you can eat three courses from just £14:95 – that’s good value anywhere you go.
Oven’s a la carte menu is also very reasonable, as three courses will cost just under £20.
I opted for the two course option choosing the deep fried tiger prawns in tempura batter with aioli for starter followed by the braised shin of beef, with black pepper cream sauce, onion rings and chunky chips.
The service wasn’t perfect but it is understandable for a place that has just started up.
The waiters were attentive and made sure me and my friends were happy and always had drinks.
The food came very quickly, considering how busy the restaurant was. It took about ten minutes for the starters to arrive, which I cannot complain about.
The food met my expectations, the prawns tasted fresh, the tempura batter was nice and crunchy and not greasy in anyway.
The main courses were out just as quick as the starters too, which is quite impressive seen as there were me and four of my friends all eating.
The shin of beef did not disappoint. It was just how I wanted it – cooked magnificently and melted in my mouth as I ate it. It really was the shining star of the dish.
The rest of my friends were all very impressed with the quality of the food that was being put out, as there were clean plates all round.
Overall, my experience at Oven was very pleasant. I would definitely recommend it for a small group of friends wanting a nice but inexpensive meal out.
It’s even reasonable for student’s, so go along and treat yourself.
Visit Oven’s website here to check out the full lunch and dinner menu’s.