The husband’s sister kindly offered to watch little F so we could go on a quick brunch date a few Saturdays ago – a lovely start to a week of annual leave for Ali. We decided to go to Ox Club in Headrow House as I have been lusting after their brunch for a while, after seeing so many gorgeous food pics on Instagram.
Headrow House is a little off the beaten track, down a little alley from The Main Street through Leeds City Centre. We ventured there last year, for the Leeds Feast, and I loved the atmosphere, the space, and all the different bits and pieces going on in one location. The Ox Club is a relatively small space on the ground floor, you can see right into the kitchen (and even eat at the counter if you want), which gives it a lovely homely feel. The serve dinner all throughout the week, brunch on the weekend, and have recently started a roast on a Sunday lunch too.
I ordered a cappuccino to get me going for the day, after an early start with F (lie-ins are no more since parenting began!) and Ali got a fresh orange juice. The brunch menu has a wide range of choice, from the more traditional Ox Club’s take on a full English, to sweet choices like coconut French toast to the more unusual breakfast choices like cauliflower shawarma. As other diners food was brought out I think I declared that I wanted everything!
I eventually settled on the Korean fried chicken, huge chunks of juicy chicken, deep fried in a spicy batter, served with rice, kimchi, pickles and a crispy fried egg. It was awesome. The chicken tasted amazing, so succulent and juicy with a beautifully crisp batter full of flavour. The pickles and kimchi added another dimension of flavour, sweet and tart all at the same time, and contrasted well with the simple rice. I’d be hard pushed to try something else if I went again as I enjoyed this dish so much.
Ali opted for the special of the day, a slow cooked beef brisket, served with spicy beans and poached eggs. He also got a side of home fries, which are essentially really good roast potatoes. The meat was gloriously tender, full of flavour, and a joy to eat. The eggs were perfectly poached, with a beautifully runny yolk spilling out when popped. The bean hash was smoky and rich, and balanced the light delicate eggs so well. The fries were perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Again, another super dish.
Everyone needs to have brunch at The Ox Club, I really want to go back, and will definitely aim to make it there soon. The staff were so friendly, and helpful, so I reckon we’d be alright taking F if we needed to. I really enjoyed our brunch date, it was great to have some child-free time in such a great place with wonderful food!