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Madrid Chef David Muñoz Brings His Experimental Cuisine to London

StreetXO will land in the glitzy Mayfair neighborhood in November

Chef David Muñoz in the kitchen at StreetXO in Madrid StreetXO

One of Spain’s most acclaimed chefs is expanding to London this fall. Chef David Muñoz, the mohawk-sporting force behind perpetual Madrid hot spots DiverXO and StreetXO, is bringing the latter concept to London’s high-dollar Mayfair neighborhood in November.

StreetXO is the more casual, less expensive, and considerably more accessible of Muñoz’s two Madrid restaurants; DiverXO is the city’s only three Michelin star restaurant for which reservations must be made several months in advance (it’s currently booked through March 2017), while tables at StreetXO — located on the seventh floor of Madrid department store El Corte Ingles — can be had simply by walking in.

Muñoz, whom the New York Times once proclaimed Spain’s “culinary enfant terrible,” has described StreetXO as the "Cirque du Soleil of gastronomy.” Globe-trotting dishes at the London outpost will include kimchi croquetas with tuna steak and burnt butter, and a steamed club sandwich with ricotta, fried quail egg, and shichimi-togarashi.

Muñoz has previously said he’d like to open several locations of StreetXO around the world; he first revealed intentions for a London location back in 2014. “After moving to London when I was 21 and spending five years working in restaurants like Nobu and Hakkasan, I feel like this is my second home,” the chef said in a press release.

The London space is still under construction — expect “exposed pipework and salvaged fixtures from a container ship” coupled with neon lights and “dramatic artworks” — but yellow caution tape in the window alerts passers-by to what’s in store:

Welcome London!!!! #streetxo #streetxolondon #totalcooking #dabizmuñoz #London #nopainnogain #realcooking

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Last year the chef announced his intentions to open a branch in New York in 2016, but no further news has surfaced since, and a restaurant spokesperson was unable to offer any updates.

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