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Fix St James

August 30, 2010

Fix St James
Sardines w/ Tomato & Bread Salad

It’s been a long time between breakfast and dinner!

Having had such a great experience with their breakfast menu, it was an easy decision to come back to try out Fix St James for dinner. I just don’t know why it took me so long –

So I finally made my way there on a chilly, windy Friday night to meet one of my closest friends for a bit of a catch up dinner.

Cosy, elegant and low key – Fix St James looks like somewhere I’d love to go to for a casual Friday night after-work drink and a chat – and there are a couple of tables that look like they’re doing just that. In fact, during Happy Hour (5-6pm) – you’re treated to a free aperitif!

I wish I worked in the city…!

Immediately after sitting I was overwhelmed by the huge blackboard adorning the wall. Luckily, Fix’s friendly proprietor Stuart Knox was quick to hand us a printed sheet with the most recently updated menu. Still, it took us quite a while to pick what to eat!

Meanwhile, Stuart was kind enough to help me pick a glass of wine to go with my meal. As a quiet note – as someone who clearly knows jack all about wine – it was nice having someone knowledgeable and friendly to help out without feeling condescended to (which is often the experience elsewhere). (by the way, the wine was great)

Fix St James
Scallop w/ Salsa

For Entrees, we picked 2 Scallops with Salsa, and the Sardines with Tomato & Bread Salad. Seriously, talking as a completely unabashed azn (rprsnt!) who was raised to believe a scallop in a shell is wasted if it’s not served with ginger and shallots – these were amazing. I would eat a dozen. The scallops themselves were perfectly cooked, and very sweet – but the salsa was just so good. I’m pretty sure I licked the shell.

The sardine salad was a great mix of contrasts too – with the combination of salty and sweet, and crisp sardine skin and softly soaked bread. I’m sad I ate my dinner roll before this dish came out, otherwise I would have wiped the plate (rookie error I know, but I couldn’t keep my hands off the wholemeal sourdough. Plus it was warm! Must eat before it got cold!)

Our mains came out soon after:

Fix St James
Rainbow Trout ‘In a Bag’ w/ Potato Salad

Now when the menu says “Rainbow Trout in a bag”, for some reason I didn’t realise it would be a WHOLE Rainbow Trout in a bag! Yippee!!

Fix St James
Rainbow Trout, after deboning. Look how soft it is…. yummm

Soft, perfectly cooked, lemony and full of fresh herbs – parsley and dill.

Fix St James
Sticky Beef Short Rib w/ Carrots Potato Puree & Mushrooms

Sweet and sticky as promised. The glaze on this rib is gorgeous. And I really don’t want to know how much butter is in the potato puree, because it tastes so damn good. (My guess? A DELICIOUS AMOUNT)

Even after eating more than our share – we couldn’t leave without trying dessert. (“for your blog!”, my friend says – but we both know that it’s a token excuse)

Fix St James
Spiced Custard Tart w/ Rhubarb & Ginger

Lucky we decide to share one, because the tart looks bigger than we expected! (yippee again!) I especially like the crunchy candied ginger slices on top.

Now I guess I better start thinking about lunch…..!

Fix St James
111 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

ph: (02) 9232 2767

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