- Value for money
The Best Bar None If The Australian’s wine columnist Max Allen is to be believed, then Fix St James should be next on your list of top wine bars serving top quality nosh. We’d forgive you if you’ve never seen or heard of this affable little hole-in-the-wall establishment squeezed between a discount suit shop and office block foyer. But now that you know about it, there are no excuses not to spend a lazy afternoon here when next in the city. On any given day you can ponder more than 200 eclectic wines on the 19 page wine list crafted by 2012 Sommelier of the Year, Stuart Knox, alongside some of Sydney’s well-heeled business community and notorious long-lunchers. We’d rave about the perfectly prepared roast chicken terrine, 18 minute steak or brown rice risotto but that wouldn’t be fair given the menu changes weekly - if not daily - to take full advantage of fresh seasonal Australian produce. Tables are generally easier to snag outside the office exodus period and staff won’t blink an eye if a couple of glasses of wine turn into an early dinner or late night cheese platter. Best dish: Any of the cheese boards.