Fix St James: Funnily enough very close to St James station, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000 +61 2 9232 2767
There must be something about Fix St James to make me return. During the last two of my trips to Sydney I have visited, three times – twice in the past week. And it is a place now popular with bloggers and twitterers @reemski, @felixexplody and @carmr. But also it is popular with the ACP crowd, including the editors of Gourmet Traveller.
Fix St James is the sort of place to come if you like, but know nothing about wine, or if you know a lot. I know enough about wine to know that I know very little at all. And here you have no fear in asking for help or to be taken on a journey through the sparkling, white, rose and red available by the glass or carafe in addition to the standard list.
I’ve found it a place to be locked in guzzling far to much (and oversleeping the next morning when you are meant to be at the Sydney International Food Festival or SIFF) Bloodwood Cabernet Franc from Orange Heinrich Hartl ‘Classic’ from Austria with Stuart Knox, the knowledgable owner, a former sommelier from Level 41 who’s also done his time at Bibendum in London.
At lunch its bar tables are filled with the office crowd, still drinking wine and many hoeing in to the five course $35 fix (for a whole table of more than two people). We were filled to the brim with this lunchtime bargain and managed to tip the lunch bill $65 further with more than our fill of wine. But for the restrained you can add a glass of house for $5.
Evenings are slower and I have yet to eat more that a few nibbles at this time. But it is no less a journey.
At this point, I should declare some conflicts in this review. On all three ocassions Knox has known I was coming although the service appears to be even throughout the place. And on this last visit I was flown in by Tourism NSW, picked up by a swanky limo, Put up at The Diamant boutique hotel in Kings Cross and given a pocketful of cab charges to visit SIFF.
Will this Melburnian be turned by sin city and its food festival? You’ll have to wait and see.