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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Xanthi, Westfield Sydney CDB

My mum recently got a new computer and she been playing around with screensavers and backgrounds, so much so that everytime I see it there's a new picture there. The most recent set of photos going through her screensaver are the ones from my graduation. I was watching it for a bit and the photos from my celebratory dinner with my family came up and I realised I hadn't written about it on my blog!

Xanthi is a Greek bar and restaurant located in the Dining Precinct of the Westfield in Sydney CBD. The dining precinct itself looks really nice, with heaps of restaurants that I'd love to dine at in the future. Xanthi has a little section outside it's main restaurant as well, which is also where the bar is located. Personally, I don't like that kind of set up, seems more cafe style then restaurant style, especially for a restaurant this nice. The main restaurant looked really nice, they way they had decorated the place was just gorgeous. We were seated in one of the booths which I think were a bit more decorated than the rest of the restaurant.

I know I've put this photo up before but I absolutely loved
the gorgeous lights hanging from the ceiling

The menu looked really good, there was so much I wanted to try (as usual). And I just HAD to get the Pork Belly Baklava, as this is what Xanthi is famous for =).

A celebratory drink! Xanthi's Cherry Cocktail - Metaxa brandy, cherry brandy,
orange juice and champagne.....Very strong!!

Dip Selection - Tarama, Split Pea and Tzatziki served with toasted pita bread

Pork Belly Baklava (Most anticipated dish on my part!) - Twice cooked pork belly with a date and pistachio filling, served with a date mastic sauce and pork crackling.

I was definitely not disappointed with the pork belly baklava (other than it took ages to get to the table!). The date mastic sauce that came with it was sooo good, as was the crackling.

As for the mains, my mum, brother and myself opted for the quail since we all agreed it sounded delish and I've never seen quail on a Greek menu so I was intrigued. Dad went for the more traditional Lamb Spit Roast.

Lamb from the Spit - Served with toasted pita bread, sumac spice sliced tomato, onion and tzatziki

Microasiatiko Quail - An old byzantine classic where quail is first deep fried, then dry fried in cumin, paprika, honey and balsamic vinegar and tossed with assorted mushrooms and dried chick peas

The quail tasted oh so gorgeous! There was so much on the plate I couldn't finish it, though I wish I could have taken it home with me! The only thing that was a bit off was the chickpeas - they were too hard and I swear my teeth would have cracked if had kept trying to eat them.

By the time we had finished mains we were waaaay too full for dessert. But then our waiter recommended the Caramel Baklava Ice Cream and me being a dessert aficionado and even more of a caramel lover, I just had to try it. And judging by the way my family pounced on it even after claiming they couldn't eat another bite, there is definitely a reason why this is their most popular dessert.

Caramel Baklava Ice Cream - Sliced layers of vanilla bean ice cream, caramel fudge and baklava nuts

Overall, an excellent way to end a day of celebrations =).
I definitely wanna go back and try some more dishes - the whole sharing plate section looks so yummy!

Watching what you eat! Haha

Xanthi Bar and Restaurant
Level 6 Dining Precinct
Westfield Sydney CBD
Corner Pitt Street Mall & Market Street, City
Ph: (02) 9232 8535

Xanthi Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon

=D xx

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