Xenos Restaurant is a Sydney eatery and bar with a very long shelf life. It’s been at the same address down Crows Nest’s Burlington Street since that lovely summer of 1969, and it’s still going strong, standing proud as a leader in the community’s hospitality scene as the neighbourhood blossomed into a culinary hub crammed with edible possibilities. A veteran in a sea of freshfaces (this eatery pioneered al fresco dining in the area!), Xenos remains a local favourite for its innovative approach to delicious Greek and modern Australian cuisine. A friendly word of warning: despite expanding to almost double its size some years ago, Xenos remains popular to the point of packing out – reserve to avoid disappointment.
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Whether you're wanting breakfast, lunch or dinner, dining at Xenos in Crows Nest never leaves you wanting for choice. The food at Xenos is always good. This time it was dinner, so I opted for a just enough serving of fall off the bone marinated, slow-cooked Greek lamb with potatoes and chicory. (A staple on the extensive menu that I rated 10/10). As it was a cold, rainy night I indulged in an excellent apple and rhubarb crumble served with a shot glass full of creme anglaise and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. This was the perfect way to end the evening's culinary adventure. Although the only negative for me is the noise level when the place is chockers it IS what I'd expect from this friendly, bustling restaurant/cafe where I've been dining for what feels like forever and I will continue to go back.
Fantastic food and great range on the menu. All 7 of us were very impressed by the food , the size of the meals and the service
Gone (but for the oldies not forgotten) are the days of Xenos Restaurant’s original incarnation as the local linoleumfloored milk bar, but thankfully doubled is this Crows Nest institution’s ability to serve up fantastic contemporary Greek and Australian cuisine to an increasingly eager horde of Crows Nest locals and Sydney diners. The Burlington Street foodie scene’s been growing steadily for some time now, and Xenos has always been there leading the charge, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, wellstocked wine cellars and dessert selections, cocktails and coffee. Thanks to Kathy and Peter Xenos, and now their sons Tim and Dennis, the North Shore has, and long will have, a destination for that delicious collision of Mediterranean and Aussie taste traditions.
You’d be forgiven for wondering what was exceptional about outdoor dining along Crows Nest’s Burlington Street, an area where al fresco eating is now a standard, but not only did Xenos Restaurant first successfully lobby for the first streetside dealing in this Sydney dining hotspot, but it is always the best way to enjoy Greek cuisine – after all these forwardthinking and foodobsessed Mediterranean people have been eating sunkissed food on sunkissed terraces for a good 3,000 years. At Xenos, diners can enjoy breakfasts of Greekstyle scrambled eggs, lunches of Sydney rock oysters or Spring Bay mussels, or opulent dinners with dishes like Greek slowroasted lamb, Australian seafood specialties or premium Wagyu beef outdoors or in the spacious and beautifully appointed interior. Secure a spot in the sun now!