Lunch. Lunch. Lunch. It is seriously something magical. The one thing that makes the day time meal even more magical is when it is accompanied by wine.
On Saturday Stu tasked himself with choosing a restaurant that provides both lunch and great wine and whudda you know? He nailed it!
The weirdest part of it all was that we had to pay for the food and wine before it even touched our lips. Prix Fixe (don’t let the name deceive you) prides itself on being ‘Australia’s only ticketed dining room’ which means, you guessed it, you have to buy tickets to eat there. Every diner must secure and pay for their tickets online, much like you would for a show or the theatre, and the restaurant experience is nothing short of theatrical.
After pre-lunch cocktails and some oysters across the lane at Stokehouse City, we ventured into the cosy Prix Fixe space. It’s intimate, welcoming and smells oh so good.
Kitchen extraordinaire Philippa Sibley is one half of the brains behind the eatery, which changes menu themes monthly. Every four weeks Sibley generates a new four course dinner (or two/three course lunch) which draws inspiration from a book, a season, or anything else that tickles her fancy.
September’s theme is ‘A La Sibley’ – an ode to her most famous dishes, capped off with the signature ‘Snickers’ dessert, which I can still taste now. Every course was delicately placed on the plate and each flavour served its own purpose.
The waitstaff enjoy a giggle and are just the right level of attentive.
Although the ticket thing might prove a little tricky for some, it means no pesky queues and a decently priced lunch. The only downside is if something pops up and you can’t make it, there’s no such thing as a refund.
We left with happy bellies.
Prix Fixe address: Alfred Place, 90 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD
Remember to get your tickets early: www.prixefixe.com.au