Restaurant Reviews

XO: Restaurant review

XO

Address

16 Iluka St
Narrabundah, Canberra, ACT

Hours

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

Prices

E $10-$18 M $28-$34 D $14-$16

REVIEW

XO moves to its own beat, the kitchen riffing on modern pan-Asian classics, the staff informal and enthusiastic. The spruced-up Asian diner decor and fun soundtrack complete the deal. No surprises that millennials and gen-Xers alike keep flocking here. Salt-and-pepper squid, twice-cooked pork belly bao, and minced prawn and pork dumplings tick the boxes. An Asian 'Bolognese' of udon noodles turned through chicken ragu and topped with soft-yolk egg is far from formulaic, though. Kingfish is likewise reimagined with a miso cure, wasabi nori and freeze-dried raspberry. And XO differentiates itself from the fried-banana brigade with desserts that range from a chrysanthemum soft-serve to a standout black rice pudding with coconut ice-cream. Bar offerings keep things rocking, with local craft beers, sake, whiskey and whisky, and a sharp wine list that features funky options from Canberra and the Adelaide Hills.

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 & Jeffrey Shim

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.