Remember when we visited Isla Café a couple of months back? Well now it’s time to visit its counterpart, XO46! I can’t really tell the difference between the two restaurants, to be completely honest, but I’ll stick to my assumption that XO46’s dishes are a tad bit on the pricey side. XO stood for ‘Extraordinary’, while the 46 actually refers to 1946 – The year that the PH gained their independence from the Americans.
Took these interior pics before our waitress took us outside to be seated. Just like in Isla Café, all of the staff spoke in straight Tagalog.
Menu: Spanish Tapas, Filipino Tapas, Sopas at ensalada, Mga paboritong Pilipino, Mga gulay, Mga karne, Mga lamang dagat, Kanin at pancit, Merienda, Mga dulce, Mga inumin.
We were given so many appetizers before the actual food came out – Kornick, puto, and mantekilya.
My usual order of Lechon Kawali. Meat was a bit dry, and didn’t have enough fat in it. Good thing it was accompanied by a delicious liver sauce. The onion rings were very tasty, too.
I tried their Banana Peanut Butter Shake, which was highly refreshing and filled with so much flavor. I know you can easily make this at home, but it was one of the best peanut butter & banana shakes I’ve had.
My parents had the Ginataang Santol – Santol stewed in creamy coconut milk with chili, lechon bits, and dried shrimps. I’m sure it was delicious, but it gave my parents the runs.
I know this is supposed to be the classier version of Isla Café, but honestly… I may have enjoyed my meal at Isla Café a little bit more. I feel like I should blame it on my order though – I’ll definitely try out another dish the next time I come back here.
Food: 3.5/5 (taste), 4/5 (presentation)