Xai Xai Wine Bar
New York, NY 10019
Village Voice's Description
If you're tired of wine bars that specialize in Italian or French wines, Xai Xai provides relief. The entire list of this Theatre District establishment, named after a beach resort in Mozambique, consists of South African wines, including pinotages, shirazes, merlots, and cabs. The pinotages are of the most interest, with an inauspicious start, big in the middle, then trailing off into pleasant spiciness. The food offers something of a disconnect--in general, it's too sugary to go well with the big reds Xai Xai pours. Still, it's a good chance to taste bunny chow (a curry-stuffed loaf of bread), droewars (Afrikaaner jerky), and biltong (farmers sausages). Delicious raw oysters, too.
Tips from foursquare
"Xai Xai. That's a small town in Mozambique." Homicide detective Conor Bard stops into Xai Xai for a pinotage in Charles Kipps' CRYSTAL DEATH.
Avocado & Rock Lobster Salad is my favourite. Also I reccomend you to try Traditional Malva Pudding. It is apricot sponge cake in a bed of Amarula cream. Yummy...
South African restaurant and wine bar with surprisingly affordable food from the many ethnicities that influenced the country's cuisine.
The Malva Pudding will make you dream about it and come back for more!!!!
Fantastic wine (South African Chenin Blanc), food (Malva Pudding is a must), service (Elton is amazing) and decor.