Belle: From the owner that has brought you Holy Basil and Green Peppercorn, brings another addition to the Western Sydney scene. James’ Bistro brings modern Australian to multicultural Fairfield. It is nestled inside the Crescent Tavern on the corner of The Crescent and Smart Street on the main strip of Fairfield.
The Lamstock gang arrived here early on a Sunday to avoid the late diners and to scope out this new restaurant. We were so early that we were the first customers there for a good 30 minutes.
I remember checking their Facebook page before we arrived and noted their feature graffiti wall and noticed it right away when we arrived. We were seated right in the centre of the restaurant in the middle of all the action.
Upon arrival we were given complimentary bread with olive oil to start the evening. While waiting for the rest of the gang to arrive, a few of us overloaded on bread before the evening even started.
Chilli salted squid Nam Jim Aioli ($12)*. It was a lovely dish to start off the night and a favourite for D-Lam. The hints of chilli was just enough to not overdose on water.
Mini Sliders – caramelised pork belly apple slaw, Vietnamese pork roll ($9.5)*. These were a lot smaller that what we were expecting and it was a little bit on the dry side.
Pork belly braised cabbage turnips compressed apple ($23)*. This dish was one of my favourites of the night as you can never go wrong with pork belly.
Crispy skin ocean trout baby leaks fennel salad fennel purees ($25)*. I enjoyed this dish the most compared to the rest of the crew. I am a sucker for any fish dish and the fennel salad that came with it was perfectly acidic and sour. While some people might find it too overpowering, I reckon it is the perfect side dish with the ocean trout.
Braised lamb neck smoked eggplant puree puffed quinoa almond milk pomegranate jus ($25)*. The lamb was juicy and perfectly cooked. However the side dishes were lacking in salt and flavour.
250g scotch filled glazed carrots caramelised onion puree crispy chips ($25)*. Two of this dish was ordered on the night, one rare and the other medium rare. The rare was perfect but the medium rare was overcooked and dry.
When dessert time rolled around, we decided to try all three dishes that were featured on the menu.
First up was the Creme brulee with salted caramel ice cream ($12)*. It was perfectly smooth and creamy. We knew it wouldn’t be a disappointing dish after having tried their pandan creme brulee at Green Peppercorn.
Second up was their famous Lychee & coconut eton mess ($14)*. It was refreshing and light. We cleaned up the plate within a matter of minutes and had to order a second dish.
And lucky last was the Vanilla panacotta with pistachio crumble &raspberry gel ($12)*. The panacotta was overly rich and creamy on its own, but the raspberry gel really help saved the dish. A little more gel would have been perfect.
The desserts were an overall winner on that night. We had an enjoyable experience that was close to home. It is a place that I see myself revisiting with friends.
* The Lamstock visited this place a few months prior to the publishing of this post. There have been changes to their menu since and this item might no longer be available. Please check their menu on their website or Facebook page for updates.
Corner of Smart & Crescent Streets, Fairfield NSW 2165
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12pm till 3pm for lunch, 5pm till 10.30pm for dinner.
(02) 9723 3999