Not many people would mistake Sunnyvale for the United Kingdom. Most obviously, it’s too, well, sunny. Nonetheless, a new gastropub called The Oxford is valiantly soldiering on, trying to bring a taste of Old Blighty to the Valley. Now, before you wince and click on the next link, just wait a tick. Yes, for generations, maybe even millennia, the phrase “English cuisine” was an oxymoron, synonymous with canned mushy peas and white sauce and a dessert called spotted dick (also canned). But even before Jamie Oliver’s and Gordon Ramsay’s attempts to rescue their homeland’s culinary reputation, there was London street food. Enriched by immigrants from the far-flung reaches of the empire-that-was, the East End’s market stalls and pushcarts introduced spice, flavor, and heat into a once-gray cityscape. That’s why, on the Oxford’s menu, you’ll find, along with the beefsteak and fish-and-chips, the likes of lamb seekh wrap, falafel sliders, and a tandoori-chicken take on the BLT. Just like dear old England, right? As long as you can ignore that bright yellow thing in the sky.
Photos Courtesy of The Oxford