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Published October 21st 2014
You won't be at sixes and sevens as to stopping here again
I had been dying to get back to this James Street bar and restaurant for over a year and finally Sixes and Sevens was on the agenda for a day out with my husband and two mates for a lazy lunch date. We sat in the cavernous front entrance area on some high stools where you could look up into the tall pitched ceiling with its myriad naked bulb lights.
Our server mentioned a little of the history of the building, noting that it had been a newsagent for a long period of time but was previously one of the earlier homes in Brisbane.
When we ventured here last, it was the middle of winter and we lounged around near the back close to the kitchen with a carafe of delicious Chianti. We were with a Canadian friend that time and he suggested we try the Poutine, which is simply rough cut fries, gravy and cheese curd. While nowhere near the realms of healthy, I've been enamoured with this dish since that first taste with its saltiness and cheesy topping.
This time around we were after lighter meals since the weather is now becoming warmer so we opted for some share plates for myself and my husband. The Beef Short Ribs were super saucy but the meat was tender and succulent and the Chicken Quesadilla was spicy, crispy and everything a quesadilla should be. Our other couple had a Chicken Parmigiana and the Roast Pork Loin with Coleslaw which they enjoyed immensely. The pork seemed to fall off the bone while the chicken was crispy-crumbed and with a few of the huge rough cut fries we had seen in our Poutine last visit.
The beer and wine list has a great range and they even have a few wines on tap which are quality drops including a Stonier Pinot Noir, one of my favourite red wines. There is also an extensive range of bottled beers along with those on tap which will surely impress even the most discerning drinker.
There are two small outdoor areas which are great if you're just stopping in for a drink as they only have small tables and a few chairs. However the top terrace balcony has a lovely view over James Street and it's a great spot to meet a friend for an afternoon tipple while you people-watch.
I was just as impressed with the joint this time around as I was when we first went. The black painted walls make the space cosy but the open windows at the front still make it feel breezy and comfortable. The space feels welcoming and the staff go a long way to making you feel that vibe too. We had excellent service from lovely staff who were knowledgeable and thankful as we brought our glasses back to the bar when refilling. Genuine, lovely people must own or manage the place as they have filled it with like-minded staff who look after the clientele effectively.
I would recommend this as a great spot for lunch, dinner or anything in between. You could have an intimate dinner or a rowdy party here and each would be equally appropriate.