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James' Bistro, Fairfield

by Jasmine Cee (follow)
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Iíve been hearing great things about Jamesí Bistroís burgers and I love me a good, fat, juicy hamburger, but unfortunately they ran out of buns so we could only pick from the ņ la carte menu. The menu sounded very sophisticated and fancy considering the atmosphere and decor gave off more of a funky, retro and hipster kinda vibe.

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Inside of James' Bistro


Now being the honest blogger that I am, I donít want to sugar coat anything. So here it goes.

For our entrees we ordered the raw king fish. To start, the dish looked so beautiful and elegant, but the taste was disappointing. The flavours werenít marrying well together and there was so much going on, I think keeping it simple would have been best. The addition of the feta cheese was too overpowering as well and I would have liked more Nan Jim sauce because I couldn't really taste it. This entree really wasn't worth the price.

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Sashimi of King fish with fresh blood orange, jalapeno and Nan Jim sauce Ė $24

When it came to the mains, the waiter recommended the confit pork belly and it sounded so mouth watering so I had to order it. Unfortunately, another let down it was surprisingly very dry and tough.The salad it came with was another miss, there was too much mint and along side the vanilla bean puree and apple it was way too sweet for a savoury dish, plus the feta was unnecessary. Again, I think it wasn't worth the price.

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Confit pork belly with apple, roasted peach and vanilla bean puree Ė $26

Lastly I ordered a side of hand cut chips with Rosemary salt and aioli. The chips were soggy, there was no rosemary salt on them and the aioli was bland.

Hand cut chips with Rosemary salt

I was left feeling hungry and dissatisfied. I do appreciate where they were trying to go with the complex dishes, but sometimes I think it's best to stick with something a little more simple. There's nothing wrong with a good ol' burger!

Rating: 4/10

Where: Corner Smart and Crescent St Fairfield NSW
Cost: Entrees, $3 - $18 and mains $15 - $25.

Good for kids: No
Take away: Yes

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