Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2023 and here is our Best Global category, listed in alphabetical order. Support them by voting for your favourite! VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

The awards will be held on April 17 at the North Wall, sponsored by Goldstar Recruitment and Four Seasons Fruiterers and attended by Gary Jones of Le Manoir fame. READ ABOUT IT HERE

Rufus and Ladd Thurston outside Oli’s Thai who won the Best Global category last year

There are 10 categories and we will be announcing one every day for the next 10 days. These include BEST NEWCOMER, BEST PUB/BAR, BEST CAFE, BEST RESTAURANT, BEST VEGGIE/VEGAN, BEST CHEF, BEST GASTROPUB, BEST EUROPEAN, BEST GLOBAL, BEST COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT

The top three nominations from each category will be invited to the glittering ceremony where the winners will be announced, so get voting and pick your favourite. You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! 

 In alphabetical order, the nominations for Best Global are: VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Bhoomi Kitchen, Headington – smart Indian with a slick interior and novel dishes, this is one of the best curry houses in town redefining the way we eat Indian food. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Bhoomi Kitchen

Cinnamon Stick, Middle Barton – It may be out in the sticks in an old pub, but this doesn’t deter fans of Khalid Mohammed’s Middle-Eastern cooking who flock to try his Syrian food. It really is that good. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

The Cinnamon Stick

Coconut Tree, St Clements – Sri Lankan food, hugely affordable, novel, always fun with some banging cocktails. Yes it’s a chain now, but only because they’ve done so well. We were here first! VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

The Coconut Tree

Damascus Rose, Old Fire Station, Oxford. Home cooked food made with love by Syrian refugee women. As a social enterprise it’s a winner but the middle-eastern food there is immense. We can’t get enough. VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Zahra at Damascus Rose Kitchen at OFS

Donburi Inn, Oxford Covered Market – new to Oxford but already massively popular, this mix of Chinese and Japanese cuisines is building a real cult following. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Donburi Inn

Dosa Park, Botley – brand, spanking new – yes their trademark dosas and thalis are on offer, but there is also a more traditional menu, beautifully cooked for the traditionalists among us. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

The new Dosa Park in Botley’s West Way

Gloucester Green Outdoor Market – every nationality, food group and cuisine is catered for here. It’s a wonder to behold the nations of the world congregating together to share their country’s home cooking. From Greek to Chinese, noodles to momas, spicy currys to salads, breads and cakes, it’s all going on in this homage to international food. The hard bit is choosing. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Gloucester Green in Oxford

Lula’s Ethiopian – Introducing a whole new cuisine to Oxford, this social enterprise opposite Oxford station has really taken off, the name says it all. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Lula’s Ethiopian

Iraqi Women & War Pop Up Cafe – Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock – held the first and third Saturday of every month, the food is fabulous. Set up to fund their exhibitions and group support, the food here is really authentic with that wonderfully irony taste, and cooked by vulnerable women in Oxfordshire. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Iraqi chef Lubna serving her food at the Oxfordshire Museum

Ramen Kulture, St Giles, Oxford – always has a queue snaking out the door of hungry students desperate for the generous portions and authentic food. The ramen broth is boiled overnight and you can smell it if you walk down St Giles past midnight. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Ramen Kulture

Sasi’s Thai, Oxford’s Covered Market – another hugely popular venue with people queueing up for a piece of the Thai action. Fast food at its best, the specials are cooked upstairs while the mainstays – green curry etc – are ladled into boxes for you to eat on site or at a table in the Covered Market’s communal eating areas. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Sasi’s Thai

Shin, Oxford, Gloucester Green – this Japanese restaurant specialises in ramen and sushi with a real focus on presentation. It also caters well for the veggie and plant based crowd. A hidden gem. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Spiced Roots, Cowley Road – on another level. It is so good it defies belief. Caribbean food yes, but with real finesse and originality. All the classics but lots of new additions and the rum cocktails are off the scale! VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Spiced Roots

Taste Tibet, East Oxford – Growing in popularity, what started off in Julie Kleeman and husband Yeshi Jampa‘s East Oxford home, progressed to takeaways and pop ups and now its bona fide cafe/restaurant/shop/deli is heaving with diners and those hauling the takeaways and frozen meals home for a Tibetan feast. VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Yeshi outside his new Taste Tibet cafe and takeaway

V-Giyan, Woodstock – Just when we thought curry couldn’t get any better, Bal Gill comes along with an extraordinarily diverse and 100% plant based Punjabi takeaway option featuring all the classics, some with meat alternatives, some without, and lots of new and exciting dishes to try. Delivered across Oxfordshire in eco takeaway packaging. And really tasty with it. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9


Za’atar Bake, Cowley Road – lively, fun, authentic, Arabic – perfect for brunch, lunch, coffee and a real hub in the evenings. The bread rocks, the specialty pizzas and slow-cooked tagines are off the scale and the vibe is brilliant. https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9

Za’ataar Bake

You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! Voting ends at the end of March. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/qvyv4aw9