Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 637 : Xai Xai small plates...

SCS spotlights will be back tomorrow but for today a little report on a delectable small plate enjoyed this evening at a favorite joint of mine -- Xai Xai, a South African wine bar in Hell's Kitchen. In case you aren't familiar, Xai Xai is tucked away on a side street between the hussle and bussle of 8th and 9th avenues with a focus on South African wines and cuisine. A lively and energetic place yet with a warm and inviting vibe -- great for a night out with friends or work colleagues, a date or a meal with family -- it is a very versatile place.

Their menu features a variety of small plates with a South African influence. We split their grilled eggplant with goat's cheese, chives, roasted almonds and a South African spiced tomato sauce -- light and silky smooth yet rich and filling with an aromatic and vegetal finish. It is the sort of food that a glass of South African Pinotage would enhance to its fullest.

I've always loved Xai Xai because although a traditional wine bar, it's stood out from the rest as being strictly South African focused and boy does it stay true to its vision in the best sort of ways so if you don't know that much about South African wines and / or foods, I recommend checking it out.

Xai Xai
369 West 51st Street

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