1534 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Cuisine: American Contemporary
Fri, 05/01/2015, 6:45pm reservation
Approximately a month ago, I visited Ox and Son for the first time. For the most part, dishes were good and some needed a bit of adjustment (check out my previous review: http://www.thefoodseeker.com/2015/04/ox-and-son-santa-monica-ca.html). I'm pretty honest and blunt when it comes to food. I thought it was the end of it but, all of the sudden: boom! I received an email from the chef and the general manager.
There's something admirable about a chef who reads a food blog and takes constructive criticism well. Chef Brad Miller did just that: he read my blog, wanted to improve on his dishes, and invited me to give the restaurant a second chance. Not many people execute such actions and Chef Brad Miller's character as a chef has earned my respect.
The service was impeccable that evening. The staff were on point and diners seemed to be enjoying themselves. The ambiance was still as comforting as I remember it to be. The general manager Brandon was personable and welcoming. So far, everything was off to a great start, but I was a bit apprehensive on the changes of the food. Well, the only thing left to do was to dive in and try it for myself.
|Glass of Bodkin Cuvee ($12.00) : Crisp, light, delicious
|BENTON'S HAM AND CORN GRIDDLE CAKE ($16.00): Maple butter, pickled onion. The griddle cake was definitely not drowned in maple butter like my previous visit. The cake was sweet, moist and delicious. A good dish.
|COFFEE ($3.00): Can I just tell you this is the cutest idea that any restaurant has thought of for serving coffee? Chef Brad Miller picked the cute cow creamer holder himself! The sugar stick added a nice touch.
Overall, what once was a restaurant that needed some improvement has now turned into something special. The food was fabulous and the service was well, how do we put it, ah-mazing! Chef Brad Miller soaked in my recommendations and modified it to enhance the flavors of the dishes. I respect that and I respect him. Additionally, Ox and Son offers a respectable menu for those who are vegetarian and gluten-free. This is the place to go on Montana Avenue and I wouldn't hesitate to go again. On a side note, Ox and Son are offering weekend brunch these days so be sure to check it out...cause you know I will!
Notable dishes: Prime Beef Tartare, Uni & Eggs, and Chicken Fried Duck Confit