Lunch Tue-Sat noon-3pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm
Cantonese. Vietnamese. Malaysian. Madonna. Michael Jackson. Rick James. The menu is a savvy mix of Asian cuisines that's thoroughly contemporary, but XO's playlist is pure '80s indulgence, loud and proud. There's a pleasing incongruity to the setting, too - the restaurant is concealed behind steel screens at the Narrabundah shops, yet there's nothing suburban about the glow of the long room or its wealth of bar seating. Waiters, though taxed, are upbeat, dispensing recommendations and quips as readily as Shantung pork belly buns (gooey, tender), rounds of shallow-fried tofu (pepped up with candied ginger) and grilled cos (in a zingily acidic lemon and sumac dressing). "Asian Bolognese" is a hit, a slow-poached egg folding saucily through udon tossed with spicy chicken ragù. The "T"s are crossed and the "I"s are dotted, too, with a compact but useful wine list and fun desserts. Chrysanthemum soft-serve for all!
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