While we were in Noosa, we wanted to try something different from our standard fare of Bistro C lunches and a special meal at Spirit House or Wasabi. Embassy XO was suggested as somewhere new to try. Embassy XO is part of the new XO Group at Sunshine Beach, which comprises the XO Bistro Wine Bar (a casual bistro downstairs), XO Cellars and Embassy XO which is located upstairs and offers a more upmarket experience.
The menu is divided into smaller items to start, then larger items to share. Embassy XO also offers banquets for groups of 6 or more, at either $55 or $75 per person. We decided to share three small items, two large dishes and a side between the four of us.
The small dishes were, from the top – ground prawns Vietnamese style, on sugar cane skewer ($12), lobster dumplings, lime, XO sauce (3 for $15) and crispy chicken ribs, green chilli soy ($10):
I liked the prawn skewers – they reminded me of a similar dish at Coda, although I probably preferred Coda’s version, which included crispy noodles on the outside. The lobster dumplings were a disappointment – they arrived lukewarm and the casing was quite thick in parts. The chicken ribs were moist and there was a nice crispy exterior, but they were a bit flavourless.
We were hopeful that the larger dishes would be a bit better. From the top, rice crusted coral trout ($34), wagyu beef cheeks ($34) and wok tossed greens with homemade oyster sauce ($9):
The wagyu was the pick of the bunch, it was rich, unctuous and had a bit of a kick from the toasted chilli sauce. The coral trout was well cooked but was lacking in flavour.
So all in all, a bit hit and miss really. We did a quick straw poll around the table – two of the girls would be willing to go back and give it another try, and two of us (myself included) thought it wasn’t really worth a repeat visit. If you want an excellent Asian meal in this part of the world, I would recommend Wasabi (Japanese) or Spirit House (Thai) over Embassy XO.
Cnr Duke And Bryan St
Sunshine Beach, QLD
Ph: (07) 5455 4460