Grandma's Chips $13
Of course when dining with Joseph, a side of fried potato is always obligatory so we ordered grandma's chips to go with our meal. Not your ordinary plate of fries, the bowl was filled with chunky potato chips, crumbled fresh ricotta and topped with a fried runny egg and oregano. Maybe not traditional but definitely soul food for us.
Our banquet began with some Greek salad, a fresh and flavoursome mix of cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives, cretan barrel aged feta, capsicum, Spanish onion, dried oregano dressed in extra virgin olive oil.
Pork Belly Baklava
The pork belly baklava was my favourite dish of the night, a lovely crumbly pastry with twice cooked pork belly and a date and pistachio filling. It's served with a sweet and rich date mastic sauce and topped with fabulous pieces of pork crackling.
The second meat dish was the lamb skaras, comprised of 'Perama’s famous slow braised lamb shoulder' marinated in paprika, garlic and olive oil. The barbecued chunks of soft, aromatic meat are served with a lemon and olive oil baste, baked lemon oregano potatoes and steamed string beans.
Caramel Baklava Ice Cream
We finished off our feast with the caramel baklava ice cream, an indulgent dessert with sliced layers of vanilla bean ice cream, caramel fudge and baklava nuts. A very sweet ending to our date night indeed.
Xanthi Bar and Restaurant
Level 6, Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt St
(02) 9232 8535