Fix St James, Sydney
Lunch, lunch, lunch. So many lunches around town, and so many good deals to be had, particularly now, in these times of financial crisis. One of the best around is at a little spot that is fast making a name for itself as a low key, unpretentious place to get really, really good food: Fix St James. Tucked away on the no man’s land that is the Hyde Park end of Elizabeth Street, it caters largely to the legal fraternity that surrounds it, but on this day, my Dining Companion, @FelixExplody and I, break the monotony of legal grey and avail ourselves of their Quick Fix deal: 5 dishes to share at $35 per person, 4 entrees and 1 pasta…
Sitting in my fave spot, the banquette by the window directly behind the coffee machine (noisy at times, but I looove banquettes!) we get stuck in, with most excellent service from Mr Fix St James himself, Stuart Knox (@fixstjames)
First up, bowls of warming potato & leek soup, with a surprisingly hefty peppery kick which I adored. Very smooth and creamy and perfect for a chilly day…
Then, one of my favourite foods..who can resist a 4 cheese stuffed zucchini flower? Not me!
This was my second time tasting these deep fried delights, and both times they were a perfect amalgam of crispy lightly battered outer, and excessively unctuous cheesy innards:
Beef carpaccio in all it’s glory
After the delicacy of the florets and the richness of the carpaccio, a punchy follow up was required. In this case, a twist on Sardines on Toast:
I’ve never been a fan of sardines until I tried them real and fresh and not out of a tin or jar. My first brush with real sardines was back when Omerta was still Pelagio with their delicious sardines on toast for breakfast. This heartier take on the idea is complemented with the salad all tumbled on top. I would’ve liked a bit of citrus or vinegar or something else sharp to cut through the richness of the fish and the dressing though.
Finally our pasta dish arrives and by this stage we are both heading for tummy fatigue…
All aniseed flavours from the fennel, with surprise packets of peas, this dish was a winner and one I’d gladly scoff down again any day…more please!
Lunch or dinner, or even an early morning coffee, Fix St James is a little gem of a place to get the highest quality food, without the fine dining dollars.
Fix St James
111 Elizabeth St
02 9232 2767