Restaurant Reviews

XO: Restaurant review

Address

16 Iluka St
Narrabundah, Canberra, ACT

Hours

Lunch Tue-Fri noon-3pm
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm

Prices

E $8-$21
M $24-$34
D $12-$16

REVIEW

Sipping a Japerol Spritz and it's easy to see why locals are never gonna give this up. Hits from the Stock Aitken Waterman catalogue provide a high-energy soundtrack for infectiously informal mod-Asian dining. Passionate and polished, the floor team is steeped in the detail of an offbeat drinks selection spanning sake to Savoie. So there's plenty of diversity to match playful pan-Asian cuisine with local tweaks. Stir-fried udon with chicken ragù and soft-yolked egg channels the culinary experiences of émigré parents. Nasi goreng is transformed into a striking contrast of squid ink-infused rice, pale flecks of juicy spanner crab and fluffy egg floss. Chequered floors and leather banquettes backing onto whitewashed brickwork add to the relaxed diner vibe. And with desserts like sticky black rice with coconut ice-cream, Canberrans should be so lucky.
Phone:
(02) 6295 9696
Bookings:
Bookings essential
Features:
  • BYO
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
AK Ramakrishna
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.