Embassy XO, Sunshine Beach, Sunshine Coast

I've been walking past the redevelopment on the corner of Duke and Bryan Streets on Sunshine Beach for some time, wondering what it would bring to this great strip of restaurants, cafes, delis and coffee shops.

We are regular visitors to Sunshine Beach and love the ambience, the opportunity to park the car and just walk where ever you want to go and the good quality food and coffee on offer.  It's a little paradise.

The three new operations to open are Embassy XO (previously Alegria Restaurant) which is an upstairs licensed modern Asian and Chinese restaurant with indoor and covered outdoor dining for up to 80 diners.

XO Bistro Wine Bar (previously Wasabi Restaurant) on the ground level, is a licensed and BYO beach-style bistro and wine bar serving pizzas, steaks and seafood in a more casual style. It includes indoor and outdoor dining for up to 100 people.

Completing the trio is XO Cellars,  a boutique style bottle shop serving quality wines and beers.

Company Director of the XO group and local developer for over 25 years, Michael Collins originally built the complex at the beach end of the busy shopping village 16 years ago.

With friends coming up from Brisbane to join us for Saturday night we decided Embassy XO would be a great venue for our Saturday night. After checking out the decor - red, Chinese-influence and very smart casual - we picked out a table and booked.

It was very busy when we arrived on Saturday night and the wait staff did not have much time to explain the menu. We worked it out ourselves and decided to order four dishes from the 'share' menu.

The menu is mouth watering read, a fusion of Australian Chinese ingredients and style with some unusual twists.  We decided on coral trout, wagu beef cheeks, a roast chicken dish and a grainge beef curry with a side of rice.

When the meals arrived they were delicious.  There was some debate amongst the four of us but the coral trout and the beef cheeks came out as favourites.  The chicken was the least popular, voted a definite fourth.

It was good food, voted 8 out of 10 by the group.  Priced at between $32 and $38 for each dish it was what we would have hoped for and expected. We were pleased with the flavours.

What we weren't pleased with was being presented with the bill, without request, just under an hour after sitting down.  It made the food price, just under $130 (excluding alcohol), seem quite expensive. At 8.30pm we were out on the street wondering what to do for the rest of the night!

I also was disappointed that, despite visiting the restaurant and specially booking a specific table, we were off loaded to another table without any explanation. There's also a noise problem in the restaurant which needs to be addressed.  We could not hear each other talk due to a loud and noisy table of girls packed close by.

And although we ordered from the share menu, our dishes arrived before the plates to divide them onto and all at once.  It would have been better to have them arrive progressively, in a considered tasting order, so we could fully enjoy the experience of each dish.

In the big scheme of things these are probably just teething problems unless the restaurant has a fast turnover policy.  I would suggest that giving diners a little extra time to enjoy their meal would make for a better customer experience that would make them return another night.  Based on this experience, I won't be rushing back.

Embassy XO, Cnr Duke & Bryan Street, Sunshine Beach. p 5455 4460

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Anonymous said...

hey Kerry, I am an Asian foodie of Asian origins (read very fussy about Asian food, and judging from your photos alone I wouldn't be going there either. The presentation looks sloppy. J. Tindale

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

Got to say they were crowded out with last night of the school hols and only open two weeks but...

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerry, just phoned Embassy XO and you have the wrong number there. Thought I should let you know. It is 5455 4460, not 5445 4460.

Gastronomy Gal said...

Oh Kerry- I was planning a visit this weekend! I'm definitely reconsidering now!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerry
I dined at Embassy XO last night and had a truly memorable experience.
From the moment we arrived we loved it..... The atmosphere was superb from the gorgeous fire place(which was ablaze), the stylish fitout to the attentive host and foremost the food... We started with a selection of Dumplings in the bar and then moved into the dining room for our mains. The dining room had a great vibe... busy, but could easily talk and enjoy conversation.... maybe the gaggle of girls you mentioned spoilt this experience for you....
I was disappointed to read your review considering the restaurant is less than a couple of weeks new... I'm sure what you experienced was as an new business experiences 'teething problems...'
We are rushing back... this Saturday night we have friends up from Melbourne and are very excited to be taking them to dinner.
Well done XO is if refreshing to see something new and exciting in Sunshine Beach. We will be back and excited to spread the word of how wonderful our dining experience was.
Jennifer & Brad Savage (Sunshine Beach Locals)

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

Wonderful that you had a good night! We did enjoy the food on our visit and guess, after a little reminder, the 'teething problems' are all now under control. The aim of my review was to be constructive.

Anonymous said...

Its a thumbs up from us! Have to agree with Jennifer & Brad, we have experienced both the Bisto and the Asian restaurant and very impressed with both. The bistro down stairs is great value for money with a casual feel. Great place to catch up with friends for drink.
You have a fan here XO! Mark

Anonymous said...

Hi Kerry
I just read your review via a friends new Twitter page and I have to say as a Noosa Local we are loving the new XO complex at Sunshine Beach. We ate at Embassy XO during its first week of being open and cannot wait to go back. As you did we had the Wagu Beef Cheeks and are still having cravings for more.
Food was exceptional and what better host than Rorke looking after you.
Well worth rushing back

Anonymous said...

ate at Embassy XO last night and loved every bite!!!

Anonymous said...

Really like the artwork in the XO Bistro which compliments the food and experience - a local Sunshine Beach artist - Sarah Thomas - fresh/contemporary/beachy with an Italian Mediterranean feel

David and Liz

Anonymous said...

have to say Embassy XO has now got it together.... first class experience all round. Bring it on XO!

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

That's good news! I look forward to giving it a try again.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I ate at this restaurant this week. I am Chinese myself and am knowledgable of different Chinese cuisines. Whilst the food was fairly good (though certainly not excellent), it was by no means authentic and in this regard I found it quite disappointing. The food was not cooked according to the descriptions/origins described.

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

I also ate in the restaurant last week and while I can't comment on the cuisine origins with your background, I did enjoy my meal and the experience.