As soon as I knew we were going to Spain I tried for a reservation at DiverXO, David Muñoz’s three Michelin star restaurant in Madrid. Unfortunately even at more than three months ahead, they were all booked. Well, as much as I was disappointed, I knew they had a casual Asian street food style restaurant on the top floor of El Corte Ingles. The night before our lunch we had sorbet from Rocambolesc in the area called, gourmet experience in order to make sure StreetXO will be open the following day. They start their lunch service at 1:30 pm and since they don’t take reservation, you have to line up and wait to be seated. You had a choice of a seating at the counter facing the open kitchen or you could have sat outside. Of Course we chose to seat inside in front of all the smoke, heat and action. At first you might get bothered by all the smoke, but you get used to it. You ordered at the counter directly from the kitchen staff and as soon as the food was ready, they placed it in front of you. The only complain I have was the pace of the food. It was too fast. They had plenty of interesting and original Asian fusion tapa dishes and it was hard to make a choice. Everything we had was packed with flavor and this was my husband’s favorite restaurant of the trip. The guy with the mohawk took care of us and spoke perfect English.
I just read that they will open a restaurant in London this summer and NYC next year.
“Singapore Laksa” with ring prawns cooked over Japanese robata grill coconut cream, shiitake mushrooms and pasta shells
As soon as I saw them grilling these beautiful prawns, I looked at the menu and had to order this dish. The prawns were cooked beautifully and the broth was amazing. The shiitake added earthiness to this dish.
Miso charcoal small cuttlefish Korean kimchi sauce and fried egg, extra crunchy Japanese mini sardines
My husband picked this dish and besides the prawns this was our other favorite. We could eat this dish everyday. The smoky cuttlefish combined with the rich egg and kimchi sent your taste buds to heaven.
We didn’t order this dish, but since it was sitting in front of us, I took a picture of it.
“Chili crab” paprika, chipotle peppers, palo cortado sherry, mantou
I have heard so much about this dish and had to order it. It was a light dish. Sweet crab meat was sitting on mantou, a Chinese steamed bun and had a heat from chipotle and paprika and necessary richness from the eggs.
Grilled Iberian pork pancetta “Saam” marinated mussel condiment, pickled shiitake mushrooms, sriracha and tartar “XO” sauce
At this point I was full and probably didn’t enjoy this dish as much as I could have. I am not the biggest fan of pork belly, but since this was an Iberian belly it was very flavorful. The dish itself was good, but nothing original with the exception of the marinated mussel. I guess they wanted to cover umami from the land, the sea and the earth.