I mean, it's always been home to some cult favourites, places such as Al Dhiaffah Iraqi restaurant, the Filipino eatery on The Crescent and a whole slew of cheap and humble Lao restaurants.
But last year Lao-Australian restaurant entrepreneur Tona Inthavong burst onto the scene with his wife, Sarah, launching the modern Lao-Thai eatery Green Peppercorn which became an instant success and was named by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food under $30 guide as best new restaurant of 2013. You still have to queue up to get into the place, and every dish I have ever eaten there has been perfect. It's my favourite place to treat myself.
Now Tona and Sarah have launched a new initiative, the petite but groovy James' Bistro attached to the Crescent Hotel.
|Feature wall at James' Bistro, Fairfield|
the place is being run by chef Kim, the charming, talented and (it has to be said) disconcertingly handsome young chef who was responsible for the food at the launch of my latest book Destination Cambodia.
Kim served us up the most delicious fish and chips, along with some scrumptious mini sliders which included a new take on the beloved traditional banh mi.
|My delicious mini-sliders at James' Bistro|
The place was packed with groovy young locals, and big biceps and tattoos were much in evidence among the clientele.
Desserts here are a real winner, with me enjoying the simly delicious pannacotta crumble and then going on to eat most of Thang's salted caramel creme brulee. I wanted more, more, more!
James' Bistro is well worth checking out.
Read Mr. Noodlies' review here.
Corner of Smart & Crescent Street
Fairfield, NSW 2165
Monday to Sunday (Lunch) - 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday to Sunday (Dinner) - 5:00PM - 10:30 PM