Sunday, 19 June 2016

XO - Narrabundah, Canberra

Time and time again, I've been impressed with the amazing standard of restaurants that have appeared in Canberra. I had the pleasure of visiting XO Restaurant, during my downtime on a recent work-related trip to Canberra.

XO is a cosy restaurant nestled in suburban Narrabundah; the menu is innovative and has a modern, south-east asian focus. 

Japerol spritz

The Japerol spritz is an asian take on the Aperol spritz - 50/50 blend sake with aperol and fresh orange. It's a light and refreshing cocktail.

Shantung bao

The Shantung bao is delicious; a slider-sized fluffy white bao filled with twice cooked pork belly, cucumber, pickled daikon and ginger. 

Hiramasa kingfish

The kingfish is lovely and fresh; it's cured with beetroot, lemongrass, mixed herbs and a citrusy ponzu nuoc cham sauce. 

Mouth watering chicken

The cold cut chicken dish packs a punch, with Sichuan chilli oil, crushed nuts, cucumber and wood ear mushrooms. Best eaten with a generous serving of rice. 

Bo Kho

The perfect winter warming dish - Black Angus beef cheek stew with carrot mash, cactus coriander and pan grattato (aka breadcrumbs) I loved this dish; the beef was so tender, it just fell apart with barely a touch of the fork. The serving size is quite generous.

At this point we were pretty stuffed, but couldn't resist the desserts! 

Black rice pudding

A nice take on a classic asian dessert, served with crunchy shards of golden honeycomb, lime meringue and fragrant coconut ice cream.

Pandan panna cotta

A creamy and decadent pandan panna cotta with gula melaka syrup and a crunchy sesame tuille. 

I throughly enjoyed my meal here; everything from the ambiance, to the service, to the impressive food. A (not so) hidden gem in Narrabundah. 
XO Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

2 comments :

Vivian - vxdollface said...

hehe your title says it's in Syd ^^" from the decor, I didn't expect the food to be asian! The mouthwatering chicken sounds lip-smacking

Karen N said...

hehe thanks for the pick up with the title! :)