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“Very ordinary”

Xenos Restaurant Bar Cafe
Ranked #9 of 194 Restaurants in Crows Nest
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $30
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Newcastle, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very ordinary”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Having read and heard very mixed reviews of Xenos, a Saturday evening in Crows Nest saw the family dining at Xenos in a bid to introduce the kids to a cuisine outside their normal preferences. All up the meal was quite disappointing.

The slow cooked lamb shoulder served up a very strong acidic twang that dominated the very dry meat. A total contrast to the delicate flavours and melt-in-the-mouth experience of the equivalent dish I enjoyed at Medusa's Greek Taverna a few weeks before or the off-the-bone version I enjoyed at berth in Melbourne a few months prior. 

This followed a less-than-notable, flavorless entree of scallops in a cheese sauce selected off the daily menu. 



And while the family generally reported their meals as OK, the "wood fired bread" – normally a moreish Greek staple - ordered for #3 son in lieu of an entree arrives as no more than half a dozen slices of Vienna loaf with a few tubs of butter. 



All up, no cause offered for a return.

(This review was revised by the writer following concerns raised by the owner of Xenos. While the colour has been toned down, the substance is unchanged)

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Friendly - great spot for brunch - super birchermuesli”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Local Greek restaurant run by father and son. Its on the corner of our street and the coffee is great. Try the home made bicuits - you'll find it hard to stop at one! The food is very good too, but if you don't like Greek there are plenty of other things to choose from. Go on - give it a whirl!

Visited March 2013
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TimX1969, Owner at Xenos Restaurant Bar Cafe, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. Look forward to meeting you next time you visit.
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“My new lamb standard!”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We were visiting from Singapore - my father-in-law recommended this old favorite restaurant of his. All 5 of us had different lamb dishes and we were absolutely blown away by the food, and the excellent service. In fact, it was one of the best waiting service we have experienced - waiters were friendly, knowledgable, observant (any one waiter not just the waitress serving us) would continuously be removing used dishes and clearing our table or topping up the water every time they walked by. Not obtrusive, but very efficient and professional. Much appreciated.

Thinking I wouldn't be able to fit in dessert, i agreed to share but when the sticky date pudding and lemon tart arrived, it was gone in an instant! Will definitely return for more.

  • Visited March 2013
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TimX1969, Owner at Xenos Restaurant Bar Cafe, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
We are very happy you enjoyed your experience with us. Even happier you all tried the different lamb dishes we have on offer. Looking forward to seeing you next time. Thank you for your kind words.
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“We love Xenos!”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Xenos is our 'go to' restaurant whenever we feel like an enjoyable breakfast, lunch or dinner out. The service is always friendly and efficient and the quality of the food excellent. The place is so popular, it is always buzzing and there are times when it is hard to find a table. But they always seem to squeeze us in somehow. To be honest, we just love Xenos and are glad it is an institution in Crows Nest, because we plan to keep going for years and years. Two of our favourites are the Greek style grilled snapper and the lamb wrap, but we have never been disappointed by any of the meals on the wide menu. They always fill the wine glass with a generous amount - the sign of a really great establishment in our book! No skimping here! The waiters seem to be genuinely happy to be there and we love the fact that we are always welcomed with a warm smile.

  • Visited March 2013
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TimX1969, Owner at Xenos Restaurant Bar Cafe, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind words.
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Ok restaurant”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

My favourite dish is the mousakka which is always well made. Apart from that, the remaining dishes are just OK, nothing special.

Service, as is the case in many places in Sydney, is just average. Would only recommend it if you happen to be in the area, otherwise much better places to eat.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank corash
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TimX1969, Owner at Xenos Restaurant Bar Cafe, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Thank you for your feedback/ review. We are glad that you enjoyed the Moussaka the last time you visited. I would like to extend an invitation to you next time your in Crows Nest to visit our restaurant to entice you with our extensive menu and daily changing specials. I am confident you wont leave disappointed again. Please introduce yourself on your next visit.
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