Crazy comfort zone: StreetXO

Duck and white prawns warm sashimi vietnamese nem with sweetsour chillis and creamy aioli

Since my efforts to get a reservation at Dabiz Munoz‘ three-starred-restaurant DiverXO failed, the logical thing to do was to visit his street-food inspired StreetXO. It is located in the (for me) most awkward location possible – the top floor of the shopping mall „El Corte Inglés“.

There are no reservations, so you have to get into line and wait…what we did for approximately one hour. Which was not so bad in the end, since one could go for a walk in the mall, while the other was queuing.

Finally reaching the top of the waiting queue
Finally reaching the top of the waiting queue

The whole atmosphere has a certain asian-punk-rampage vibe, beginning with the music and colors and ending with the uniform of the waiters and chefs. You sit on the bar, that sourrounds the open kitchen and get a view of the chefs preparing the dishes. They offer wonderful cocktails that go perfectly with the selection of soul food. The menu offers approx. 20 dishes that are mostly a fusion of spanish and asian ingredients, tastes and techniques.

Inside at the counter
Inside at the counter
Singapore Brioche XO
Singapore Brioche XO
Korean Lasagna - Old galician beef, wontons, with shiitake mushrooms, spicy marinated tomatoes, goat milk, cadamom bechamel
Korean Lasagna – Old galician beef, wontons, with shiitake mushrooms, spicy marinated tomatoes, goat milk, cadamom bechamel
Hong Kong Madrid Stew - black garlic, taro and chillis
Hong Kong Madrid Stew – black garlic, taro and chillis
La Pedroche Croquettes - Kimchee, sheep milk, tuna and lapsang souchoung tea
La Pedroche Croquettes – Kimchee, sheep milk, tuna and lapsang souchoung tea
Grilled iberian pork pancetta SAAM - Marinated mussel condiment, pickled shiitake mushrooms, sriracha and tartar XO-sauce
Grilled iberian pork pancetta SAAM – Marinated mussel condiment, pickled shiitake mushrooms, sriracha and tartar XO-sauce
Smooth ibearian PIBIL suckling pig shank, crunchy baby tacos with sour cream and idiazabal cheese
Smooth ibearian PIBIL suckling pig shank, crunchy baby tacos with sour cream and idiazabal cheese
Smoked baby scallops with garlic butter, home made kimchee, creamy coconut and xo sauce
Smoked baby scallops with garlic butter, home made kimchee, creamy coconut and xo sauce
Duck and white prawns warm sashimi vietnamese nem with sweetsour chillis and creamy aioli
Duck and white prawns warm sashimi vietnamese nem with sweetsour chillis and creamy aioli

My favorites were the Korean Lasagna with it’s savory, creamy texture and a lot of refined, complex spicyness and the SAAM that had this wonderful contrast between rich and meaty pork belly and fresh herbs and sauces.

All the dishes were amazingly pleasing and comforting – but never blunt. Every dish had a certain kick of acidity, fruit, spice or deep fermented notes. That made the dishes really outstanding. So whether you go to StreetXO’s big sister restaurant or not – a visit is most definetely recommended. 

Visit: October 2017
Michelin stars at time of visit: –
Budget: 75€/person (including cocktails)
Location: 7/10
Service: 6,5/10
Food: 7/10