For a dining experience to tantalise all of my senses, to the extremes that Street XO was able to, is fairly unique, even here in the food metropolis that is London. In retrospect, I feel as though I sat permanently looking like the wide eyed emoji, as from entering the restaurant until leaving there was something that I either heard, saw, tasted, smelled or touched that provoked a response, all of which were positive.
The journey begun taking the stairs down to the dim lit basement restaurant, being met with neon signage, pops of colour, and a open planned kitchen, which produces the unique fusion of European, Asian and South American eye catching sharing dishes, along with big and bold bespoke cocktail vessels.
Whenever I have read rave reviews about a restaurant, I am keen to explore as much of the menu as a possible. This is not the type of restaurant that I would casually visit on a regular basis, and so my aim was to make this visit count, and cover off as much of the menu as possible, by selecting a tasting menu. Opting for the Degustation Menu (priced at £70 per person), which is eight courses, including all of the signature dishes and a dessert.
The Usuzukuri-Carpaccio of Hamachi “Fish and Chips”, with Aji Amarillo and Yuzu (4 each), I can only describe as Sushi (Hamachi is species of a Jack Fish) commonly used in Japanese cooking, puffed rice and a thin lightly fried potato in a rich yolk-like sauce.
The beautifully vibrant Irish Oysters on Holiday to Acapulco, which is Robata-chargrilled Oysters, Gazpacho of Jalapeno and Tomatillo Verde, chlorophyll olive choice (2 each). The Oysters tasted as punchy as they look, with a subtly spiced tomato sauce.
The Pekinese Dumplings, Crunchy Pigs Ear, Strawberry Hoisin, Alioli and Pickles, looked mostly like a work of art, and combined an array of textures and flavours that fused wonderfully.
Galician Octopus who spoke indian, roasted tomatoes butter masala and quid ink crackers.
Spanish “Socarrat” Paella, with wok flamed langoustines and Japanese white sesame dressing (to share).
The Lamb who travelled, Paris-Lima-Canton, Slow Cooked Milk-Fed Baby Lamb Shank, Pomme Puree a la robuchon with aji Amarillo and Chinese smoked tea. The lamb was soft, succulent, and the mashed potato silky smooth.
Dessert was a twist on a Eton Mess including a popcorn, and is listed on the menu as ‘Dessert of the Day’.
I generally do not review drinks, but I have to make an exception, as the cocktails here, were just so damn good looking and great tasting.
Pedroche’s Egg, Cahaca white chocolate, with yuzu and mango chutney (priced at £16). The egg is brought to the table, and then liquid nitrogen is poured over the egg to cause the smoky appearance. Really sweet, fruity cocktail, and more than enough to share.
XO Blood!!! Watermelon, bitter almonds, citrus and galangal (priced at £13), I actually found this vessel slightly disturbing, so much so, that it started to effect the taste of the cocktail. This cocktail was sweet and tart, but in my mind, I managed to conjure up the belief that I was drinking blood, and so quickly stopped. My mind clearly ran away with me…
My absolute favourite cocktail was the Liquid Madrizzzzzz Driver XO, Voilet shrub, lime, ginger and jasmine perfume (priced at £14). It was fragrant, peppery and spicy, I include a picture of myself holding the glass below, to give you an idea of scale of the glass, and yes it was HUGE.
Street XO was a roller coaster that I did not want to climb down from. The dishes were bursting with flavour, creativity and aesthetically pleasing. They have been able to carve out a very unique space within the London restaurant scene, with a restaurant and menu, which feels as though its bursting with energy, and all done so within what still felt like a fairly causal service style and environment.
The service was attentive, the staff were knowledgeable about the menu content, and I left with a smile on my face, my experience was flawless.