Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mid-Week Lunch at XO Taste

XO Taste
41 Elizabeth Street New York, NY 10013
212.343.8325

Will and I met up on a Wednesday afternoon to grocery shop and have a mid-week lunch as well. I've been wanting to try XO Taste for some time now, so we finally decided to give it a shot. We have been to the XO Cafe on Hester street, but not this new location.

The layout of XO Taste is definitely different from XO Cafe. It's definitely spacious and feels like a much more laid back environment.Will and I came at a non-busy time, a little bit after the lunch rush. The waiters/waitresses didn't seem very attentive when we were trying to ask for something and service was slow. After placing our orders, our food came in minutes.

Japanese Pan-Fried Dumplings
We started off with the Japanese Pan Fried Dumplings ($3.95). The price was reasonable and I must admit the dumplings were scrumptious.


The dumplings were slightly crunchy and filled with a lot of meat and chives. The sauce went well with the dumplings. The dumplings were juicy and seasoned just right. I was really impressed with it.

Udon Noodle Soup with Grilled Chicken Cutlets
Will ordered the Udon Noodle Soup with Grilled Chicken Cutlets. It looked really hearty and amazing since it had a bowl full of different ingredients. The broth was good. I really liked it because it was just seasoned perfectly.
Grilled Chicken Cutets
The grilled chicken cutlets were served on a separate plate. It was dark meat and bad, but it was really OD Salty. I had to drink several cups of water because it was just too much salt.

Baked Minced Beef over Spaghetti
I ordered the Baked Minced Beef over Spaghetti ($6.95). It was definitely a big portion size. I wasn't too impressed with my lunch because it was salty. I didn't want to waste food so I just kept continuing, but also constantly drinking water.

The chances of us returning back to XO Taste is probably slim because the majority of our food was salty and the thought of the possibility of other dishes being salty just makes me turn my head away.

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