XO Restaurant and XO To Go

XO Restaurant and XO To Go

Chinese and East Asian

0.5 miles
29 & 31 Belsize Lane, Tube: Belsize Park, Belsize Park, NW3 5AS
Understated glamour and ambient lighting are just two of the characteristics I expected (and experienced) at Belsize Park's chic XO Restaurant. XO is part of the Ricker Restaurant Group, placing it in a high-pedigree family that includes Notting Hill's E&O, Chelsea's Eight Over Eight, and Hackney hotspot The Great Eastern Dining Room. XO To Go is the adjacent café and shop selling the best of the group's dishes, packaged up and ready to go.

XO's spacious bar was filled with a hubbub of voices, and everyone seemed in high spirits on the Thursday evening of our visit, thoroughly at home against the über-sleek backdrop. I would have liked more time to delve into the tantalising cocktail menu, but our chosen lychee bellinis were delicate and refreshing, and next time I'll definitely be sipping one of the pomegranate, jasmine, sloe apple or passion fruit concoctions.

The waiters were friendly and helpful as they explained the best way to order. Dim sum, tempura and sushi presented us with an array of difficult decisions. Our tuna tartare was almost indecently fresh, the chilli salt squid was crisp and light, and a generous serving of salmon and avocado maki was beautifully presented. Miso and pumpkin gyoza may yet tempt me back.

Choosing mains was a wrench. After toying with roasted black cod with sweet miso and steamed sea bass s e rved with black bean sauce, I plumped for the aubergine and lychee green curry with prawns. This dish proved the flexible deliciousness of this underrated fruit, and may also have been the most luxurious green curry I have ever tasted. The duck, watermelon and cashew salad presented a less virtuous salad option than many, but was delicate and packed with flavour.

Puddings looked mouth-wateringly wicked, and our semi-frozen summer berries with white chocolate sauce had the suitable naughty-but-nice touch to round off an evening of reasonably priced decadence.
+1XO Restaurant and XO To Go
Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Tues:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Weds:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Thurs:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Fri:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Sat:12pm-4pm, 6pm-11pm
Sun:12pm-4pm, 6pm-10.30pm

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