Jardin St James
A slice of Parisian paradise in the CBD.
If you're wistfully dreaming of a Parisian jaunt but the purse strings aren't allowing it, there is a solution a little closer to home. Jardin St James not only boasts a delightful menu of French fare but also has one of the best locales in the city — the café set up in the courtyard and crypt of the St James' Anglican church on King Street back in 2015.
Sydney Restaurant Group (Aqua Dining, LuMi, Ripples) is behind this venture and ensures the menu extends well beyond the traditional religious diet of fish and loaves of bread (although baguettes make an appearance, of course). Breakfast diners can enjoy all manner of pastry-laden delights. The Seine won't seem so far away when you're feasting on a pain au chocolat and Little Marionette coffee. Meanwhile, lunch features more French classics — Niçoise salad, beef tartare and several varieties of the aforementioned baguettes.
The venue recently extended trading hours on Thursdays and Fridays to capture the afternoon aperitif crowd as well. Tapping into that truly French tradition of eating and drinking well, the aperitif menu includes tempura olives with beetroot dip, fromage croquettes with chipotle, a charcuterie board and a cheese board (which includes a selection of local and imported cheeses with side condiments). All to be enjoyed with a carafe of wine from the strictly French wine list or perhaps a Frenchies deep red Bière de Garde.
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