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Ando: So… Belle and I were craving burgers and for the past few weeks we’ve been putting off trying the burger range James’ Bistro. When we actually arrived, sat down and looked at the menu, we were slightly surprised to see that they only had one burger on the menu! We asked what happened to the burger range and the waitress told us that they recently changed their menu just three weeks ago and that the restaurant is also under new management. Another new menu change? This would be the third menu overhaul that comes to mind. The waitress even remembered us from our visit earlier this year!

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Also congratulations to Tona’s Coffee Shop for making it into The Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide 2014. Sharing the same space with James’ Bistro, you can now order coffee, pastries and cakes whilst dining in or just get it on the go!

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For today, we ordered a Large Flat White and a Piccolo. Toby’s Estate beans are used here. It’s great that I don’t have to travel too far for a good cup of coffee!

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American Style Fried Chicken Wings, Chimichurri Sauce ($12). The batter was crunchy and a delight to eat. Belle dipped her chicken wings in the Chimichurri whilst I didn’t. I found it well seasoned to the extent that I didn’t need a dipping sauce. Otherwise I would have preferred a creamier sauce such as an aioli.

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The “James” Burger, angus patty, aged cheddar, caramelised onions, bacon, tomato, beetroot and pickles with fries ($15.5). Overall, a simple yet tasty burger. In the image below, it doesn’t look very big but mind you that it made me quite full (Well, I guess I also had the wings beforehand). I couldn’t even finish off the chips!

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Steak Sambo, grilled ciabatta, onion, jam, pickled beets, greens, grain mustard mayonnaise with fries ($16.5). I had a bit of Belle’s Steak Sambo and told her that I found the steak a bit tough and chewy. She agreed. She also couldn’t finish off the chips!
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There’s outdoor seating available if you want to catch some rays whilst enjoying the food. I remember the waitress telling us that they are planning to get EFTPOS machines installed but when we went, it was cash only. There is an ATM outside but it’s some random ATM where there’s an ATM withdrawal fee.

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Corner of Smart & Crescent Streets, Fairfield NSW 2165

(02) 9723 3999

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm till 3pm & 5pm till 10.30pm

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