XU

4.4
33 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Asian
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
XU, the new restaurant from the team behind BAO. XU offers a unique journey into Taiwanese culture and cuisine, from its food, cocktails and tea offerings through to its interiors. Diners are transported to the mountainous regions of the island through to the busy streets of Taiwan's capital city - Taipei.

XU has two private Mahjong Rooms, which can seat up to 4 guests and also be set up for a party of 8. Mahogany panelling with hand painted murals depicting a mountain scene and marble chandeliers make the rooms a unique experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12 - 11pm

Sunday: 12 - 10pm
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Phone number
020 3319 8147
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Shing Tat Chung and Erchen Chang
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Additional
Bar Dining, Private Room, Wine
What 33 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Not so tasty
Very expensive
Sweet potato dumplings were not tasty at all
Chicken in sauce dish cost 25$

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CD
4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Charming authentic (?) atmosphere. Very tasty food in small portions.

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3.0Dined on 24 May 2018

Decided to try despite reviews but were also disappointed. Nice atmosphere - setting is great. Very stylish, spacious table. Food not so great - some things were cold and all very salty. Salt level was so bad we were unsure whether it could have been MSG or not. Can get better food for a better price in China town next door, especially the dumplings. A nice experience thanks to the decor but will not return. A posh spin on Taiwanese food that doesn’t hit the mark or justify the price point.

Good dishes:
XO Bone Marrow Scallop, Beef Pancake, Shou Pa Chicken, Lardo Lard Onion Rice

Okay dishes:
Ba Kwa, Xian Bing, Grilled Quail

Would not recommend:
Taro Dumpling, Chilli Crab, Ma Lai Cake

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L
4.0Dined on 21 May 2018

This is our first visit to Xu, the overall impression is great! As my friend is a vegetarian, so we only ordered veg dishes. Our favourite dumplings are the Mixed mushroom dumplings in sichuan chilli oil as well as the Sweet potaoes taro dumplings. Not so much of a fan of the Spring Xian Bing Fennel & Glass noodle. Also order the vegetarian Mapo tofu, and it's just so-so. Would try some other meat dishes the next time.

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SD
3.0Dined on 16 May 2018

Modern and creative Taiwanese food - dumplings to die for and perfectly cooked (and seasoned) Shou Pa chicken. Would definitely go again to try more of the ala carte. The lunch menu is fairly limited but good enough for the first time

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OT
4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Beautiful decor and great Taiwanese food at reasonable prices.

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JM
5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

From XU's wonderful authentic food, attentive and friendly service and beautiful surroundings, I would highly recommend this restaurant,and indeed already have to friend's and family.From our starters through to dessert, everything was astoundingly delicious and perfectly balanced. The tea we chose was tasty and served with care.

The service of each course was extremely timely and the wait staff were professional and accommodating. The surroundings of the restaurant are beautiful, especially in the upper, larger part of the restaurant.

My only small criticism would be that the table we sat at was a little small for the many dishes and cups that were involved on our meal, but I am sure this would not be a problem with most other tables; as we were a party of two who chose to sit in a corner area.

For the quality of the food, level of service and care taken, the overall price was well worth it

Depending on your budget and how much your order, this place would be perfect for a special occasion or just to drop in and sample the delights of their menu.

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Xu was a very nice upscale asian restaurant. I absolutely loved the interiors. The decor was immaculate and I felt like I was transformed into a 1950's set in traditional tea house in the mountains somewhere. The food was beautifully presented, however a bit oily for my taste. Being Taiwanese myself, I was hoping for some traditional cuisine but realized it was more of a fusion which was a nice change. Was great to try the scallops,crab and the beef in cast iron skillet but again a bit too heavy for me.

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RG
5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

Absolutely delicious food. Interesting, beautifully presented and a bit different. We loved it for our pre theatre meal. Limited and expensive wine list. Lovely staff, a bit slow in the drinks when we arrived, but good advice in food quantities. The portions were a bit small but we were advised correctly in overall quantities. Would definitely go back.

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LH
5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Phenomonal flavours. Wonderful service and a beautiful space. I adore this place.

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OT
4.0Dined on 21 February 2018

Food, service and ambience all 1st class. Would certainly recommend and will certainly make further visits.

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CC
5.0Dined on 12 February 2018

Very good dinning experience,and refreshingly different decor.A little gem.

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B
5.0Dined on 12 February 2018

Amazing experience; delicate and delicious dumplings. Will be back to try dinner menus.

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c
5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Delicious food - would return if only for the rice with the lardons! mmm!

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TS
4.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Overall, I really liked the place. We were seated at once even if we were 15 minutes early and got a good table. I booked this place a month ago so I was excited to try it out. Service was excellent throughout the evening. The decor was nice but did not feel authentic enough, maybe because it wasn't covered completely through the ceiling with dark wood. The food was very good overall. My top dishes were the Chicken wings, Aged beef & Tofu which were all excellent dishes. The Taiwanese beer was also amazing which says a lot coming for someone who is not a big fan of beer. Overall the place is well worth a visit and good value for money.

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OT
5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Great food and service! Will definitely be returning

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3.0Dined on 5 February 2018

I was a bit disappointed for only having the lunch menu available. Not like before where we had the whole Carte.

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OT
5.0Dined on 20 December 2017

Refined, regional Chinese cuisine with a twist. The dishes and sauces were done very well and authentic. Some dishes I have not seen since I was a child in East Asia. The decor took me back in time too.

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OT
3.0Dined on 18 December 2017

Good value.
Nice.

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MW
4.0Dined on 4 December 2017

Excellent service. Excellent food too though the dishes are delicate rather than punchy (apart from the beef tendon which was fiery). I had expected more complex flavouring. Don't get me wrong, the food was very tasty ( I've heard it is meant to be authentic but with a Westernised edge) That said, I don't think £18.50 for chicken breast and crispy skin was justified, however succulent and well flavoured.

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OT
5.0Dined on 1 December 2017

The best food I have tasted for a long time! Let bed the interior; takes you back to the 1930’!

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OT
5.0Dined on 27 November 2017

Great food with interesting menu. Waiter was excellent at suggesting and describing dishes. Desserts both lovely and complemented each other. Table a little too tiny. Would go back.

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OT
5.0Dined on 14 November 2017

Exceptional in every way

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OT
3.0Dined on 7 November 2017

It worth trying

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OT
5.0Dined on 21 October 2017

Amazing food:)

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5.0Dined on 14 September 2017

This is a really original venue and certainly feels unique.
A gentle ambiance makes one feels we had stepped into a 1920s Chinese tea house.
The staff were good at guiding us through the menu. The food was delicate, delicious and well presented. Definitely worth it for understated style and food.

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C
2.0Dined on 23 August 2017

Quick attentive service but frankly the food is over-priced for what it is. I am quite familiar with Taiwanese food and even my Taiwanese friend and I agreed it wasn't exactly authentic. Doesn't make it bad food, just don't expect it to be true Taiwanese.

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SR
5.0Dined on 15 August 2017

We had a great lunch at Xu. The service was friendly & efficient, the food was delicious & the range of whiskes was especially notable.

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KB
5.0Dined on 31 July 2017

Everything was utterly delicious and I have zero hesitation returning to eat, every meal, for the next month. If Xu can arrange this I would be most appreciative!

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OT
3.0Dined on 27 July 2017

Went for lunch and dinner. Big difference in service on each occasion. Dinner was at 9:30 so not too late. But staff were non existent or else readying to pack up for the night. No one asked for more drinks. When we asked bar tender had left his station. Service was generally very poor. Kitchen had long lapse between dishes. Just poor management. Shame because quality of food is good and deserves better management especially in the evenings.

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OT
4.0Dined on 26 July 2017

Loved this place! Attentive service and great food. The price was extremely sensible too!

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k
5.0Dined on 11 July 2017

Incredible food, great service. Absolutely spot on for a business lunch and will definitely be returning

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S
5.0Dined on 23 June 2017

Everything was great about Xu, I can't wait to return

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