Hip little XO is part of the Ricker stable, and its trendy pedigree shows in sleek, cool décor and a stylish menu of pan-Asian delights. Black cod with miso, clay pot chicken with dates and water chestnuts and chilli salt squid display a typical culinary flair, while the airy restaurant buzzes with the chatter of a well-heeled crowd of Belsize Park locals.
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29-31 Belsize LaneBelsize ParkLondonNW3 5AS
Been here numerous times and always a great experience. Is a good local restaurant with an asian fusion menu. They have a bar in front if you want to get drinks beforehand. They also have some tables in the bar area where you can also order appetizers. The restaurant has a mix of tables and booths and a private dining room downstairs if you want to throw an intimate dinner party (have been to...more
XO has a pretty solid set menu.
The Roast Pumpkin & Spinach Gyoza are fantastic; probably the best thing on the entire menu. The Aubergine & Lychee Green Curry is also quite good, but it's more soup than curry, and it somehow stayed nuclear until well past everyone else at my table had finished their mains.
I wouldn't visit XO on a regular basis, but I enjoyed everything I had!more
The sashimi tasted dry and fishy... Now we have bubble-tummies...
The spareribs were waaaaaay salty. So did the paktjoy and the chicken? Well... We ordered two different kinds... Both we didn't finish, too salty and too boring.
Why 2* and not one? Friendly waitress, the 7yr old liked his birthday dinner!
Never coming back.more
I'm surprised by the positive reviews here, as our lunch experience here was mediocre. Perhaps it was an off day. But it was off.
Chicken Sui Mai with Chilli Jam: mediocre. Uninteresting in both flavor and texture.
Tuna Tartare: Good, not great. The accompanying fried crackers were great - light and crispy. But the tuna itself was just good.
Chilli Salt Squid: Also mediocre. A bit...more
XO's really knows how to take care of their guests! I went to a private party here and when I walked in the door they took my coat and walked me to a tray of champagne and cocktails and offered me a tantalizing adult beverage immediately!
After rounds of canapes served on trays (Note to self: eating sushimi must be done in one bite or you end up wearing some of it) we retired from the bar...more