the hungry duck Sydney restaurants

Monday, October 24, 2011

Xanthi Bar and Restaurant, Sydney

Xanthi Bar and Restaurant Sydney and Sunday Night Easy Listening

Level 6 Pitt St Mall

9232 8535

A quick post as its drawing close to 1am. Sunday night easy listening (which I haven't done for a while now) is the newly released Damien Rice- One. Its a cover of U2's One and it grows on you although at the start I didn't love it.

Xanthi is the newly established Greek eatery in the level 6 Pitt St mall Dining complex. The restaurant was fully booked out so we dined in the outside bar area which was also very nice.

Each table is given some complimentary nuts to start.

Service was impeccable and our wine was poured by this lovely gentleman who was more than happy to pose for a shot.

We ordered the 2009 Matinia Antonpoulous ($48.00) and it tasted very gentle, clean and clear. Its a aromatic white grape wine.

Our Hot Smoked Eggplant Dip ($10) was the first to arrive. This is a freshly smoked eggplant dip made fresh with coriander, cumin, lemon juice, bechamel and grated kasseri.

We order the BBQ Haloumi ($10) which was mind blowingly good. A must order if you enjoy haloumi :)

Zucchini fritters ($8.00). T found an ingenius way of eating this.. mix in some of the hot smoked eggplant dip and the flavours are amazing. Delicious.

The stand out dish. The Fried School Prawns ($9) are absolutely amazing. They taste a little like salt and pepper squid, but more sweet. They're also dressed with some flaked almond dressing. So good! You also eat the whole prawn at once so its crunchy :)

One of our meats from the spit- 250gm of lamb ($36). Fail. I forgot to take a photo of the pork that we also ordered :( We ordered a bit too much actually.. haha

This was extremely good. The lamb was tender and very flavoursome. I loved the yoghurt on the side. The pork was also very good. I would suggest you order one less dish than us if you also have a table of 4 as we struggled to finish.

The experience? Thoroughly enjoyable. Also very reasonably priced as it worked out to be $40pp but we had drinks and ordered too much.

The Good: The fried school prawns, the haloumi and the cooked-to-perfection lamb. And the service :)

The Bad: Not being able to get a booking as its so popular!

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  1. That's a whole lotta lamb..! I remember not really liking the haloumi here, but LOVE those prawns - so moreish!

  2. The friendly Spyros! He served me too when I was there on Tuesday. Really liked most of the share plates we sampled.

  3. Have to try the lamb! The prawns are making me hungry.