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XO

9.2/10
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16 Iluka Street, 2604 Narrabundah (ACT)See map

Average price $75

Set Menu (Sample Menu, Changes Weekly) $80

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Meet the Chef

Anand Ramakrishna (AK) brings a unique perspective to Malay and South East Asian cuisine driven by a passion for method, process and provenance that is part of the DNA of XO. Opening XO in 2015, AK is passionate about exploring the potential of Canberra region produce, creating dishes with his now well-recognised XO signature.

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Chef Anand Ramakrishna
  • Average price $75
Set Menu (Sample Menu, Changes Weekly) $80
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Excellent

9.2/10
based on 883 reviews
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Quality of food :9.3/10
Service :9.1/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Vivian L.
    Vivian L.
    • 15 reviews
    10/10

    Great food and service. Will definitely go back.

  2. Jason W.
    Jason W.
    • 17 reviews
    9/10

    Well worth a visit. The food was interesting with some excellent flavours, and the tasting menu meant we tried some different food, which was good for a change.

  3. Malcolm R.
    Malcolm R.
    • one review
    8/10

    A lovely evening out - thanks so much. We enjoyed the food and the service, not so much the seating, but that's life. Keep up the good work. Gaye and Malcolm

  4. Patrick L.
    Patrick L.
    • one review
    10/10

    This restaurant styling fit it's Asian fusion style. They were offering a new banquet menu that was superb. The mix of ideas throughout the 6 courses went from one extreme to the other. The clients we were hosting are locals and commented on the great food and mentioned to the staff they would return.

  5. Robyn W.
    Robyn W.
    • 5 reviews
    8/10

    Really interesting menu, with delightful staff who made us feel very welcome. Buzzy on a Tuesday evening. The dessert capped off a delicious meal

  6. David H.
    David H.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Great service and food with some interesting flavours. Accompanied by a good wine list where white sparkling or beer better suits the chilli undertones.Highly recommend a visit.

  7. Sally M.
    Sally M.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Absolutely excellent. So much better than we’d even expected after reading other reviews. The flavours were fabulous and great wines (chosen with excellent support)

  8. Lauren C.
    Lauren C.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Delicious food, great wine, fantastic service. Loved it!

  9. Kathryn R.
    Kathryn R.
    • 4 reviews
    6/10

    I've been to XO many, many times before and usually love it. Unfortunately this visit was very underwhelming. The highlights were: the dumpling (sadly, only a single dumpling each) and the ravioli. Both dishes were very tasty and with the amazing flavours I have come to expect from XO. The Char Siu was tasty, but chewy, the steak tartare "chips" (fried betel leaves?) were insanely greasy and the dessert... was literally inedible. It consisted of a tablespoon each of dry, seemingly week old cake, covered in sugary red sauce with ice cream (presumably to provide lubrication for the cake?). Needless to say, we left the entire dish otherwise untouched. I told one of our many waiters, but she was more interested in getting us to pay and vacate the restaurant for the next sitting, to acknowledge my comment. For $75 a head, there are myriad places to eat that will blow your socks off in this town. So unfortunately I won't be going back to XO any time soon.

  10. Tony G.
    Tony G.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Sensational lunchtime meal for my wife and I. This was a fixed menu (due to COVID) which I prefer. We walked in, sat down, selected a cocktail each, then we were served a range of beautiful dishes. Flavours were just incredible, particularly the Nyonya Duck with the Capitan Sauce. Highly recommend.

  11. Nicola E.
    Nicola E.
    • 2 reviews
    7/10

    An interesting set menu, with some surprising combinations. The prawn and pork dumplings were superb, but we could have easily skipped some of the other options - the buffalo cheese course was quite odd. Not having any other option than the set menu, you really are at the mercy of the chef. Not sure we would rush back.

  12. Meiks F.
    Meiks F.
    • 7 reviews
    9/10

    No need for rice & potato on the same dish - that’s my only constructive comment - everything else was perfect !!

  13. Bruce M.
    Bruce M.
    • one review
    10/10

    All was fine but our table was under an air conditioning vent and was unpleasant. The staff were aware but could not respond as the restaurant was full.

  14. Mary C.
    Mary C.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    My wife and i went to XO for our 48th wedding anniversary. It was one of the best meals (set menu) we had had anywhere for a long time. The cost was reasonable and our main waiter (young woman) very helpful, bright and pleasant. Noise level was a bit loud for our liking - but hey! - you cant have everything! Highly recommended.

  15. Debra H.
    Debra H.
    • 8 reviews
    10/10

    Superb dinner. Very accommodating with dietary requirements.

  16. Rose O.
    Rose O.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    XO my local - & feel blessed to have such a brilliant restaurant within walking distance of home. Great menu selections & wine list love the ambience & service ! Thanks Kent

  17. Louise B.
    Louise B.
    • 2 reviews
    6/10

    The raised chairs were super uncomfortable. A low upholstered chair would have fitted just as well and been nicer to sit in for a long period of time.

  18. Paul C.
    Paul C.
    • 4 reviews
    9/10

    Really good food and good service. Highly recommended if you want to try Asian food with creativity and flair but without an arrogant, show-off factor.

  19. Chris S.
    Chris S.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Lovely meal, tasty dishes. Small portions but the flavours were amazing. Very pricey - definitely somewhere special and not your everyday kind of place

  20. Georgia U.
    Georgia U.
    • one review
    10/10

    Omg the food was so good !! And the staff were so kind and accommodating. 10/10 can’t wait to go back !!

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16 Iluka Street, 2604, Narrabundah (ACT), Australia

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About the restaurant

Love you like XO

Quirky, modern and oh-so-cool, XO Restaurant is breathing new life into the sleepy suburb of Narrabundah. This cracking new eatery has been created by four Canberra boys with a passion for food and drink, and they have created something really special. The menu features upmarket Asian street food with a playful twist… start with some fresh and tangy cured kingfish, and follow this up with the Malaysian style Prawn Kapitan. And you can’t leave without trying their signature ‘Asian Bolognaise’ which features stir fried udon in XO chicken ragout with a 60/60 egg - it's super delicious! The decor is stunning and the food is beautifully presented - you’ll be gramming all night!

Best dish: crispy lamb ribs

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