IF YOU'RE heading to the city for the summer sales, you mad person you, then window-shop your way up to lunch at David Tsirekas's Ottoman-inspired restaurant in Westfield Sydney, where the window displays are more about chefs rolling out freshly made filo pastry and the two revolving spit-roasts of the day than the latest resort wear.
The slow-roasted then barbecued corn-fed chicken is a spice fest, while the signature lamb skaras is simply paired with string beans and baked chunks of lemon-oregano potato. Come here for Alexander's Taste of Persia, a salad of shredded carrot, roasted chickpeas, dried apricots, sumac and yoghurt.
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide says: "It's casual enough for a mix of business, dates and multi-generational Greek families to feast together in front of the open kitchen. The Garden of Aphrodite dessert is worth ordering for the name alone."
This summer's hot order Barbecued prawn saganaki souvlaki with feta slaw and spicy tomato sauce, $34.
Level 6 Dining Precinct, Westfield Sydney, corner Pitt and Market streets, city. Lunch and dinner, about $100 for two, plus drinks.9232 8535, xanthi.com.au.
This is an edited extract from The Sydney Morning Herald's 2012 52 Weekends Away.