Taiwanese Tapas at XU London

Xu London restaurant


If you haven’t been to XU yet, it’s a bao time.

When I heard that the owners of Bao London were opening a Taiwanese restaurant, I didn’t doubt for one second that it was going to be amazing. Still, I had to see for myself.

Located on the edge of Chinatown, the vibe is distinctly more Soho. Split over two floors, prepare to feel magically transported back to 1930s colonial Taipei. The design looks like you’re in an old luxury train. Dark, wood-paneled walls, velvet emerald-green drapes, and a marble counter that wraps around the central bar.


Xu London Bar


By contrast, the menu is edgy and modern. To start, choose between Taiwanese delicacies such as beef pancakes and dumplings or big city hits like smoked eel, truffle steamed egg and Carabinero prawns. The cuttlefish and prawn toast was so good it was gone before I got the chance to take a photo.


Xu London clams

Chilled Clams in Chilli Marinade

Xu London Eel

Tomato and Smoked Eel

Xu London prawns

XO Carabinero Prawn in XO Sauce

Xu London lamb

Lamb Sweetbreads with Fermented Greens


Everything tasted as good as it looks, even if the portions are a bit small. Don’t worry, as they make up for it with more generous sized mains. The star dish on the menu is without a doubt the chilli egg drop crab topped with salmon roe. I know I will be back time and time again just for this dish.


Xu London Chilli Crab

Chilli Egg Drop Crab

Xu London chicken

Shao Pa Chicken

Xu London beef

Cast Iron Black Pepper Beef

Xu London pork

Char Sui Iberico Pork

Xu London rice

Lardo Onion Rice


To drink, the choice is between miniature yet delicious cocktails, a fantastic wine list, and a selection of exotic teas, including coal baked oolong and whisky tea pairings. Dollhouse sized cups and teapots may be typical in Taiwan but in London, you may prefer to go by the bottle. Try the Kloof Street Rouge for something special. And always leave a little room for dessert.


Xu London Cocktails

Xu London Red Wine

Xu London Dessert

Ma Lai Cake and Almond Ice Cream with Black Sesame Sauce


XU London take bookings and are open from 12-3pm and 5-11pm Monday-Thursday and 12-11pm Friday-Saturday.



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