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Xanthi Bar & Restaurant

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Published February 24th 2014
An authentic Greek dining experience
Greek cuisine

Westfield's and dining do not go together. Sounds mismatched. Food court ? Yes. Fast food? Yes. But how can Westfield's possibly create a superior dining experience of elegance ? Well, they have done it. Not in the suburbs of course but in the heart of the Sydney CBD.

Pitt Street Westfield showcases some of the best high end shops and restaurants. No dodgy food court here. Think ... high ceilings, tiled floors, chandeliers and bright lights. We hit the top floor before the floors of offices and found a world of restaurants pocketed amongst each other. A hidden oasis of dining. This place is buzzing with diners of all ages but I didn't even know this existed. But I will never forget it.

We decided on Xanthi, one hatted Greek restaurant with the most amazing decor. There were bright blue dangling lanterns above intimate booths whilst centre stage there was sweeping mushroom silk from the ceiling. Authentic Mediterranean patterned material on the chairs and floor. Attentive staff with a delightful host who squeezed us in with no booking. We were already impressed by the whole experience but the best was yet to come.

The cuisine was authentic, tasty and promptly prepared and served. My favourite was layers of saganaki, basil and mint which melted in your mouth. Like a potato bake but with cheese. Divine! A $45 bottle of Greek wine to share and complimentary traditional Greek shot of digestive liqueur made for a complete experience.

My taste buds were over loaded but there was definitely room to try the irresistible olive oil ice-cream. Surprisingly, their was a hint of olive oil flavour and the subtlety blending with the cream was a sublime ending. Needless to say an appreciative tip was in order as we left feeling very full and very indulged and looked after. This Greek has mastered the art of elegant dining in a Westfield!
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Why? Authentic Greek dining.
When: Monday–Saturday 11am–3:30pm, 5pm–11pm Sundays 11am–kitchen closes 8pm
Phone: Bookings online or 9232 8535
Where: Westfield Sydney cnr Pitt Street Mall & Market Street, City Level 6 Dining Precinct
Cost: Varied and reasonable.
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