|I love open kitchens!|
|Caramel Baklava Ice Cream ($15)|
The dessert contains layers of vanilla bean ice cream wrapped around a centre of pistachio baklava filling and caramel fudge. All these elements just blend together so beautifully and create a dessert that is such a pleasure to eat. I found this interpretation of the baklava much more enjoyable than the normal baklava, which I find a bit sickly sweet at times. The ice cream had lots of natural vanilla bean flavour. The more the better I say! The creaminess of the ice cream cuts though the richness and sweetness of the caramel fudge. And the chopped pistachio nuts round out the baklava dessert nicely. The only thing that is missing is some filo pastry.
|Lamb wrap ($17)|
|Pork belly wrap ($17)|
Would I come back for the lunch special? Although I thought the wraps were enjoyable, to be honest, I probably would not be back too often for lunch. At $17, the wraps were kind of like a luxe kebab (of course the meat is much better than the dry, fat dripping stuff you often find at the take away stores). I see Xanthi more as a fine dining restaurant that you come to for a nice meal with a group of friends for dinner rather than a lunch venue.
However, having the lunch special did give me an insight into what Xanthi is about and has made me want to come back for dinner. The slow cooked meats really are quite tasty at Xanthi. I also had the opportunity to flick through the menu and there were a number of items that piqued my interest. I am a huge fan of the Ouzomezedakia (small plates) since I can sample a little bit of everything. The deep fried lamb brains, in particular, caught my attention and definitely something I would like to try in the not too distant future. I am always on the lookout for places that cook excellent lamb brains. There is something about lamb brains that make me want to come back for more! So hopefully I will be back at Xanthi soon for dinner and do a full write-up of a meal on the normal menu.
A special thanks to SP for letting me use her photos that she took with her smart phone. I forgot to bring my camera and I am a failed gen y-er since I do not own a smart phone.