Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Trip to Madrid, Spain (Day 4) Street XO

Later that night, we were all pretty tired from the day. All that walking and site seeing will add up. So we didn't want to go too far for dinner. Luckily, I had a couple of tapas places in mind that was only 5 minutes away from our hotel. Interestingly enough, they were located inside the food court in a mall. Now, I know what you're thinking. Who goes to eat in a food court on purpose? Well, if they serve food like this, you would too.
First some background information. Street XO is the sister restaurant to Diver XO. The former being a casual yet hip tapas restaurant playing with both Asian and Spanish flavors. The latter is a 3 star Michelin rated restaurant with white tablecloths and matching service. If I were traveling alone or just with Mr. M&P, I would have gone to Diver XO. But when you're with a group, it's a little more difficult. But Street XO came highly recommended.

When we arrived shortly after it opened, the place was packed. All the bar seats were taken and others were waiting. We clearly didn't think this through. But lucky for us, this was a food court. We ordered a bunch of dishes to go and then grabbed a bunch of tables at the communal seating area. Score for being resourceful!

We started with a giant platter of Peking Duck Dumplings (pictured above). These were really good. The wrapper was thin and crispy, the meat inside tender and flavorful, and the garnished of scallions, peppers, and hoisin sauce around made for a beautiful presentation.

We also ordered the chili crab which was a soupy dish with whole crab and crab meat in it. It was sweet and spicy. This easily served the group of us though a few of us (including the person who chose it - sigh...) refrained from picking at the crab to dig out more meat. I had no shame. I have no issues getting dirty and working for my food. Slowly but surely I worked through all the crab shells and enjoyed this dish as it should be enjoyed.
The chili crab also came with some fried bread which was fantastic. I could and would eat these on their own. Bu they are used as dipping vehicles for the chili crab. On their own, they had a nice thin crust with a sweet interior.
And last, the bone marrow with foie gras and chicarron. Can you say fatty indulgence? The roasted beef bone, the seared duck liver, and the fried pork skin. The chefs instructed us on how to eat this. You scoop out the marrow and stuff it into the cylindrical chicharron. Then you alternate bites with the foie gras. I didn't care. I ate it all together and it was good.
If you ask me about fusion food, I normally frown upon it. It's not that I dislike the mixture of flavors of different countries and cultures. It's more that most people don't do it well. So fusion gets a bad rap. But when you find someone who knows what they're doing, balances the dishes properly, and serves you something delicious, you (and I) would think twice again about fusion. Here's to chefs keeping things interesting and delicious!

Street XO
El Corte Ingl├ęs de Callao
Plaza del Callao s/n, planta9
Madrid, Spain
+34 915 31 98 84


  1. That's the plating done for takeout? NICE!!!

    1. Yeah, can you believe it? They know what's up.


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