If the Chef sports a Mohawk do, expect a wild ride with his gourmet offerings. David Munoz ' 3 Michelin star DiverXO may be fully-booked for many months but there's StreetXO, his more casual and budget-friendly restaurant at the top floor of El Corte Ingles in Calle Serrano, Madrid.
The last time I was here, I made sure to order the Grilled Bone Marrow with Churros. Yes, the combination sounds weird. But punkish David Muñoz runs an eclectic menu fusing old and new, east and west, traditional and novel.
We watched as row upon row of bone marrow were grilling as we enjoyed our appetizers and cerveza. Smoked and served with shizo ponzu sauce, those razor clams tasted divine. I wasn't so sold on the Skate Ribs with Indonesian Sambal sauce, but my friends were.
The second time I tried StreetXO, I made sure to again order the Pekinese Dumplings made with crunchy pig's ears and strawberry hoisin sauce. This dish which looks like artwork is a winner, all the time.
Prawns, shiitake mushrooms, coconut cream, drowned in Singapore Laksa. . The waiter served it without the soup which he pours right on the table for diners to see. Very dramatic. Trust Muñoz never to run out of such flair with food presentations.
The Korean Lasagna is truly a fusion of Galician beef plated with wontons , marinated tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms. The overall taste is as confusing as the ingredients that went into the dish but overall, it's good.
The Club Sandwich was earlier recommended to me on my first visit here, so I made sure my friend ordered the steamed samdwich with ricotta cheese and an assortment of oriental sauces and topped with quail eggs. We were likewise delighted with our order of Iberian panchetta served with greens to wrap it with. Yum!
The spinach dish was to my liking, like those before it. I guess dining ANYWHERE truly requires an OPEN MIND for one to enjoy what the resto offers. Chef Muñoz is truly creative and talented and his StreetXO crew appears so well-trained. Watching them, especially from the bar, is an experience in itself.