Hawaii Mom Blog: Restaurant XO Launches New Seven-Course Tasting Menu




February 26, 2021

Restaurant XO Launches New Seven-Course Tasting Menu

 Okay, the truth is I've never been to Restaurant XO before. I had heard about them -- especially since the restaurant is located in the same parking lot as my old hairstylist -- but after having a baby and moving to Pearl City and a global pandemic the opportunity just never arose.

Until they hosted a media/influencer event this week launching their new seven-course tasting menu.

This looks like a LOT of food and it is. The restaurant's "XO Favorites Family Style Tasting Menu" is $60 per person, but what makes this tasting menu unique (I think) is that you are also able to make substitutions from a long list of options. 

App: Korean Style Hot & Sticky Chicken Skins

Veg: Beet Lotus, Chimichurri, Shiso, Quinoa

Starch: Sewee Potato Au Gratin, Portuguese Sausage Suace

Protein: Adobo Fried Chicken, Braised Peppercorns

Protein: Pork Taco Box, Pickles, Mole, House PIta

Protein: Scallops, XO Spiced King Trumpet, Herb Creme

Dessert: Fluffle of Brown Butter-Bunny-Butter Mochi

Pork Taco Box, Pickles, Mole, House PIta

I didn't get to try every single thing but the favorites from what I did sample were the Adobo Fried Chicken (the chicken is perfectly cooked, moist and the sauce is heavennnnn). Melissa started pouring it all over my chicken and I thought it was too much but that sauce alone was probably the best thing I ate. :) 

I also really enjoyed the Brown Butter-Bunny-Butter Mochi, which is surprising since I am not a dessert person. Not only was it adorable and so Instagrammable but it wasn't too sweet and would be the perfect light ending to a very filling meal.

Brown Butter-Bunny-Butter Mochi (top left)

Restaurant XO
3434 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

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