As someone who isn’t a huge fan of spending New Year’s Eve out (Town is way too busy and full of people who don’t know how to act in pubs) we decided to go out for a few drinks and a meal on New Year’s Day.
Unfortunately what we hadn’t realised is that most places were actually closed on the first of the year. Whilst completely understandable and appreciate the staff need a break we were a bit disappointed. However we managed to find a couple of places for a drink early afternoon, and then stumbled across old favourite Oscar’s in Stonegate which was open.
Clearly being the only place open it was absolutely packed, and the poor staff were run of their feet. However we were quickly shown to a clean, if somewhat cold, table near the door. After a little wait the harrassed waitress took our order. As a favourite student haunt when it was based in it’s previous venue, old habits die hard. therefore we ordered garlic bread with cheese as a starter to share, and a burger each.
After a much longer wait our drinks eventually arrived, as did our burgers. Unfortunately the garlic bread had never materialised. When it was queried with the waitress she immediately apologised and went to find out. She came back and said it was on it’s way and that she would take it off the bill. Obviously these things happen and we appreciated the fact it was dealt with immediately so this didn’t hamper our enjoyment of our evening.
As mentioned we both ordered burgers. For me it was the vegetarian Spicy Bean Burger, and my friend had the Inferno Burger. Both burgers came with chips and onion rings (and a token salad of course) The inferno burger was a lovely well cooked slab of beef topped with a nice spicy chilli. The chilli had a hint of heat but wasn’t blow your head off hot being toned down by the addition of cheese and sour cream. The spicy bean burger was a rather sloppy affair with guacamole, and mayonaise that needed a knife and fork to eat, but tasted scrumptious. The crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside onion rungs were as good as always, and the chips were chunky and perfect for mopping up the bits of burger topping that fell onto the plate.
The garlic bread was also delicious, oozing with garlic and dripping in cheese, the fact it was free was just a bonus! The portions in Oscar’s are as big as ever so there was definitely no room for dessert, despite the waitress trying to tempt us. Oscar’s is a firm favourite for people in York and you can see why. Both staff and food are good and the food is good value for money. We throughly enjoyed our New Year’s Day food, once again Oscar’s saves the day!
🍛 Meal for 2 with a Vodka and tonic and a bottle of beer: £33.40
🎉 My Highlight: The crispy onion rings
⚡️ Friends highlight: The chilli on the burger, hot but not too sloppy
Overall ratings: Friend ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cand ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️