It was good to support another local restaurant today with a long overdue return to Xichlo for some fabulous Vietnamese food. Xichlo is a lovely friendly little cafe in the heart of Hornchurch town centre. We decided to visit on sunday and received a nice friendly welcome on arrival before being seated. We then looked at the menu to see they serve a nice variety of Vietnamese cuisine from starters , salads , baguettes , noodles , rice , curry & soups. We decided to order as we went along and started with the Taster Starter Meat Platter of grilled pork summer rolls , pork & prawn spring roll & chicken skewers accompanied by three dipping sauces. Each item was delicious and a great way to start. At this time we also ordered a Jasmine Tea and an Apple Bubble Tea which I absolutely loved.
Apple Bubble Tea
Taster Starter Platter
We then looked at the menu again and ordered a Crispy Pork Vietnamese Baguette along with a Chicken Green Papaya Salad and some spicy prawn crackers.
Crispy Pork Vietnamese Baguette
Chicken Green Papaya Salad
We were then nicely offered a complimentary coffee so I had an Iced Coffee which was an absolute delight and a Vietnamese Filter Coffee.Iced Coffee
We next moved on to our main course where we chose a Chicken & Prawn Vietnamese Curry with sweet potatoes , lemongrass & coconut milk. Our other choice was the Pho Tai a Vietnamese Noodle Soup with thinly sliced rare beef steaks , clear rice noodles , fresh herbs and flavoured with a beef broth. Both dishes were absolutely delicious.
Pho (Noodle Soup)
As they don’t serve desserts this rounded off a fabulous lunch. Next time your in town I would highly recommend a visit for either a quick snack or a nice lunch. The food here is amazing with every dish bursting with fantastic Vietnamese flavours and spices. I for one won’t be leaving it to long before I return.