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Broadsheet Review - "a no-rules fusion joint serving spicy noodles and voluminous cocktails" 29/1/20

Updated: Mar 13, 2020

Asian Pasta Joint in Surry Hills with Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Lao Sausage or Miso Carbonara

Excerpt from Broadsheet's review (29/1/20). The full Broadsheet feature with photos are linked below. Photo credit: Broadsheet Sydney

At This Plant-Festooned Asian Pasta Joint in Surry Hills, Get Spaghetti Aglio e Olio With Lao Sausage or Miso Carbonara

The owners of Xage have transformed the popular Crown Street eatery into a no-rules fusion joint serving spicy noodles and voluminous cocktails.


On the menu is miso carbonara (spaghetti, plump pieces of chicken, a soft egg, cream, caramelised onion and nori) and aglio e olio (spaghetti, garlic, olive oil and Lao sausage). The Mushroom Wafu is an umami party of Asian mushrooms, nori and a dashi butter sauce served with linguine, while the XO penne is a jumble of sliced squid, mussels, prawns and house-made chilli XO. “Chilli is an important ingredient in most Asian cooking, and Bar Pesta's signature Asian pasta dishes are no different,” says Nhu [owner and chef]. “Eight out of 10 of our pastas are spicy.”

But the standout dish is the Tiger Prawn Tom Yum, where linguine is served in a pool of galangal lime sauce with Asian mushrooms and tomato. The barbeque duck salad is refreshing and has a good amount of heat through the mix of cabbage, herbs and lime dressing. Snacks and sides include crunchy Vietnamese pickles, pork crackling with sriracha mayo and arancini balls. The cocktail list is classic and the pours voluminous.

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