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US$5 - US$10
Portuguese, European, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

I’ve been to Xai Xai a number of times. The service is usually great and the food consistently of a great standard - nothing like their flaming chouriço, the trinchado or the peri peri prawns. This experience (27 December 2018) was a little disappointing. I’d...ordered a couple of the custard pastries for dessert and because of a slight miscommunication, we were brought the wrong dessert. Simple mistake. I requested a change and the manager (who confirmed that the desserts were bought-in) tried to convince us that he would either need to charge us for both desserts OR that the waiter who brought it to the table would have to pay for the items which we did not order. I’d defo go back again, but I encourage the owner/s to watch out for these attempts at strong-arming the staff who provide a really great service.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

Xai Xai Lounge doesn't look that great from passing by on the sidewalk but they have really good pizza and burgers, very tasty and served fast and hot and delicious and well made with good ingredients. It is very much a kind of hang out...locals place and did not seem to have many tourists there. I thought it was unpretentious and comfortable with interesting decor and with good service. Some of the smokers smoke from outside did come in a bit and bother me. They have video poker machines in the rear of the restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 10 August 2018

The Mozambique Prawn Curry was excellent. The service matched the quality of the food and the Belgian beer was ice cold.

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Xai-Xai Lounge in Melville is a well-established choice amongst locals and visitors alike for tasty Portuguese food and occasional live music gigs. It's also a great spot to just have a drink and watch the people passing by. It's Melville at its most chilled. I...wish there was a category between Average and Very Good 'cos that's where I'd rate the Xai - consistently good.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We hadn't been to Xai Dai for a while so we're happy to see that food is still so good. Had the prawn cakes and ordered more they were so delicious. Partner had the espatada which was excellent. Prawn curry had decent amount if prawns...with great flavours two types of rice was delicious. Dessert pastais das Natas with ice cream. Nice end to a good meal. Most important was the excellent waiter Ntando! Basic decor but good vibe live music.More

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed 26 September 2017

The decor and seating is very basic, but it is warm and welcoming. We were well looked after and the food was very, very good. The bill was also very low. Will definitely visit again.

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Small, unassuming place in heart of Melville. The food is good - great burgers that taste as good as they look. Decent selection of beers. Don't be put off by slightly shabby looks. Nice street vibe, a bit smoky in sit-down part of the inside...- depends on diners at the time, but the bar was free from smoke, strangely yet pleasantly.More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Take a tablet or laptop, even bring your dog: you'll be here all day saying hello to friends, drinking ice cold draughts, eating their amazing Portuguese food and enjoying free Wi-Fi... pretty much everything I've eaten here has been really tasty. The staff are super...friendly and helpful - just try for a table outside (the interior is a bit dingy). On occasion we've had 2 meals here and then got take-aways for supper!More

Date of visit: August 2016
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Vibey fun and friendly restaurant that is a firm favourite whenever we're in Joburg. Prawns are excellent - large, tasty and juicy, steak is fantastic and service is very good!

Date of visit: September 2016
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Like a previous review said... DODGY (although you do get a street atmosphere) and the actual vibe of the place was nice and the food delicious!! We had prawns and a platter that was very tasty and big portions! Service was good. Great evening!!

Date of visit: June 2016
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Xai-Xai Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5