This Marylebone restaurant actually operates as two distinct spaces: XR is the more casual and accessible dining room which offers a full à la carte menu, while you can head upstairs to Xier if you want to dine from a multi-course tasting menu.
XR is the first solo project from Italian chef Carlo Scotto, who steers clear of Italian fare to instead produce dishes made with best-of-British ingredients. In fact, Scotto is so committed to championing British produce that the menu at XR is revised every two weeks to highlight the best seasonal produce.
XR’s menu is split into four sections – hands only, sea and land, garden, and desserts. Although the menu changes regularly, you might start with the likes of enoki mushroom and truffle arancini, or crispy squid with chilli, coriander and dill mayonnaise.
From the more substantial dishes, you might choose between grilled ribeye with shallots, pickled walnuts and jalapeños, or tuna tartare with guacamole, taro crisps and ponzu dressing. Desserts see subtly innovative twists on the classics, while an accomplished wine list (alongside cocktails and other drinks) is also available.