Best Global 2024

Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2024 and here is our eighth category BEST GLOBAL 2024, as listed in alphabetical order: VOTE HERE

The awards will be held on Monday May 13 at the North Wall, with headline sponsors Goldstar Recruitment and Thomas Franks Ltd, attended by Le Manoir’s Raymond Blanc


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 for all 10 categories! 

In alphabetical order, the nominations for BEST GLOBAL 2024 are: VOTE HERE

Antep Kitchen, Cowley Road – If it’s a party you’re after it never disappoints; birthdays, anniversaries or group dinners accomplished with ease and music while its loyal customers flock continually for the substantial and genuine Turkish cuisine. Vote here

Antep Kitchen

Bangkok House, Oxford – It may be old school but while the new kids on the block suck up all the attention, this Oxford stalwart continues serving some great Thai food with the same consistency it has revelled in for the past 30 years. Vote here

Bangkok House

Bhoomi KitchenHeadington – If it’s elegant Indian cuisine you’re after then this is the place, it’s slick interior and high end food attracting a different crowd to your late night curry crew. Vote here

Bhoomi Kitchen

Cinnamon Stick, Middle Barton – Khalid Mohammed’s Middle-Eastern cooking never goes out of fashion, his authentic and fresh, vibrant dishes continuing to pack the restaurant with diners who flock to try his Syrian food. Vote here

Cinnamon Stick

Coconut Tree, St Clements – If you’re after an affordable and unique dining experience then start here, the Sri Lankan menu offering a sharing plate style feast of novel dishes. The bustling atmosphere and ingenious cocktails help too with the communal style dining experience. Vote here

Coconut Tree hopper

Curry Nights With Nandita, Heyford – needs a mention because the authentic Indian dishes coming out of Nandita’s kitchen and her recent pop up at Chloe’s was such a resounding success, that it’s had people from all over Oxfordshire clamouring for more. One diner told me it was the best Indian he thinks he’s ever had. Praise indeed! Vote here

Nandita’s food

Damascus Rose, Old Fire Station, Oxford. Not just a great cafe, the quality of the Middle-Eastern food here is right up there, alongside some great pricing, thanks to the chefs – all Syrian refugee women who take great pride in cooking authentic home fare for you. Vote here

Hummus at Damascus Rose Kitchen at OFS

Dosa Darlings, Cowley Road – Eager foodies are flocking to this new street-food style Indian where dosas resign supreme in the former Tarifa premises. A kicking vibe, inventive cocktails and slick service all ensure it’s a strong entry this year. Vote here

Dosa Darlings

Dosa Park, Botley – In terms of authenticity, this is the real deal. Their trademark South Indian dosas and thalis are off the scale, but traditionalists need not worry, there’s plenty of recognisable North Indian curries on the menu too. One of our favourites. Vote here

The chefs at Botley’s Dosa Park in the open plan kitchen

Elle’s Deli, East Oxford – it may not be Oli’s Thai anymore, but you can still buy Ladd’s incredible Thai food there on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays to take home or cram onto the outdoor tables and eat it on site. Their frequent pop-ups give its faithful following a much needed nostalgia trip and the menu is as heart-warming as always. Vote here

Ladd and Rufus Thurston at Elle’s Deli, formerly Oli’s Thai

Gloucester Green Outdoor Market – If it’s global food you’re after but you want more choice, then head down to central Oxford where every nationality, food group and cuisine is catered for. From Greek to Chinese, noodles to momas, currys to bratwurst, it may take a while choosing, but part of the fun is eating it outdoors on the numerous shared trestle tables. Vote here

Gloucester Green Outdoor Market

Lula’s Ethiopian and Eritrean – has really made a name for itself in Oxford since opening up, foodies eager to taste a cuisine usually lacking from the UK’s city centres. A perfect example of how Oxford’s diverse food scene continues to flourish. Vote here

Lula’s Ethiopian and Eritrean

Ramen Kulture, St Giles, Oxford – always has a queue snaking out the door, their reputation preceding them. The ramen broth is boiled overnight and you can smell it if you walk down St Giles past midnight leaving you in no doubt that no corners are cut here in their quest to provide genuine Japanese food. VOTE HERE

Ramen Kulture

Salkaara, Banbury – A great addition to Bnabury’s food scene, where curry is not the only thing on the menu. Dosas are served at lunchtime and some novel dishes are on offer that we’d never tried before. The presentation is also immaculate and the decor a notch above. Vote here


Sasi’s Thai, Oxford’s Covered Market – Short of time but want a Thai food hit? Then pop in to this canteen style site where you can see the food for yourself, choose one of the specials or go for a favourite green curry. Eat in, take away or enjoy at the new sharing tables in the Covered Market. Vote here

Sasi’s Thai

Spiced Roots, Cowley Road – If you haven’t been, there is no excuse. This is Caribbean food at its best. Yes, you can still enjoy classics such as goat curry, but every dish is taken to the next level in terms of flavour and presentation, while the rum cocktails bring you to your knees. Vote here

Spiced Roots being given their award by Gary Jones at the 2023 awards

Taberu, Cowley Road, delicious Japanese food, its customers returning time and time again for its delicate sushi, delicious ramen, crispy bento, gyoza, katsu curry, miso soup, generous side dishes and great value menu. Vote here


Taste Tibet, East Oxford – Has its own cult following and a tremendous story behind this charming eatery. Yeshi Jampa‘s authentic cooking, hailing from an upbringing in the Tibetan mountains, has introduced a whole new food genre to Oxford, his momos legendary. Run with his other half Julie Kleeman, they make a formidable team, their passion and zest shining through in every dish at this cafe/restaurant/shop/deli hybrid. Vote here

Julie and Yeshi at Taste Tibet

Tribe, Cowley Road – everyone raves about this East Oxford restaurant where the dishes hail from the Western Ghats region of Mumbai and the decor whisks you away from Cowley Road to somewhere even more exotic. Try their thalis at weekends, a great Keralan fish curry, famous lollypop chicken and even noodles. Vote here

Tribe on Cowley Road

Za’atar Bake, Cowley Road – its souk style welcome leads you in to the bakery cum restaurant where middle-eastern cooking reigns supreme. Always fun and lively, pop in for brunch and eat outside in the summer or enjoy the enveloping atmosphere throughout the day and night. Vote here

Za’atar Bake

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 HERO

You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! Voting ends at the beginning of May Vote here