It’s been a busy couple of months for Mic Uebergang and the Thirsty Occasions crew. Having only recently opened The Meating Room in Teneriffe, the group (which also runs The Dalgety Public House) has followed up quickly with a striking new addition to its portfolio in the form of The Oxford Garden. After taking over the space formerly occupied by Barcadia on Oxford Street, Mic and co immediately got to work creating a venue that could capitalise on the bar’s sunny locale and help foster a welcoming vibe in time for spring. The new-look venue has been imbued with a fresh, feminine and family-friendly feel, led by a strong focus on greenery to match the popular promenade’s leafy park-side location. Over a two-month period, the crew installed new VJ walls and banquette seating, while simultaneously shifting the tone with a lick of colour and decorative arrangements from Flowers on Oxford and Perfect Living, bringing the space to life and maintaining flow from the street-facing deck all the way through.
Executive chef Ash Marcantelli and head chef Patrick Sarno have crafted a menu of eats that fit perfectly with the keen vibrancy of the venue, honing in on springtime flavours and shareable dishes. A strong Asian and seafood influence permeates the menu – evidenced by early favourites such as bug-tail baos, chicken-parmy spring rolls, snapper tacos and build-your-own rice-paper rolls. The remainder of the menu features a selection of hearty mains, burgers and salads, with produce sourced from local suppliers. Shifting from Barcadia’s craft-beer focus, The Oxford Garden has changed its focus to wine and colourful cocktails, with a cache of drops including rosés and sparkling making for perfect springtime sipping. Share cocktails are a big vibe here, with vodka blueberry and ginger jugs, sangria jugs and tropical lychee and elderflower jugs sure to help the good times flow. The coming weeks will see The Oxford Garden introduce ramen specials on Monday, wings Wednesdays and chicken parmigiana Thursdays, not to mention leisurely Sunday sessions with live music and house DJs.
The Oxford Garden is now open. Head to the Stumble Guide for more details.