loti eats: streetxo

StreetXO opened up towards the end of 2016 and was undoubtedly one of London’s most hotly anticipated restaurants of the year. The man behind the menu is David Muñoz who shot to fame with his three Michelin star Diver XO and the more casual StreetXO in Madrid on which this London restaurant is based. It received a few sniffy reviews when it opened and while we’d agree that this isn’t a place to take your grandparents (or probably anyone over 40) and there are definitely a few grating elements, the food, a sort of Spanish-Asian fusion, is very very good indeed.

Let’s be clear, for most Londoners’ tastes, the place is very over the top – chefs are dressed in straight jackets like they’re about to be carted off to an asylum; one of the cocktails came in a glass the size of a football; and there’s lashings of neon, gold, and mirrors everywhere you look. The kitchen didn’t put a foot wrong however and we loved each of the dishes we tried. We began with the signature Pekinese dumplings with crispy pig’s ear, and a smoked scallop served in shell with ponzu and coconut cream both of which were excellent. Two of the night’s highlights were a Korean style lasagne which we would have happily eaten several times over, and the croquettes topped with fatty tuna belly.

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We were big fans of StreetXO and while it might not be for everyone, if you’re open to a bit of silliness and theatre with your dinner, we can highly recommend it.

15 Old Burlington St, London W1S 2JL