Gastrology bloggers attended the launch of Australia’s only ticketed dining room this week. Jason M Jones (Porgie & Mr Jones, Friends of Mine, Snow Pony, The Stables of Como) has dug beneath dude food, steered clear of superfood and bypassed barbeque to bring Prix Fixe, located in the Paris end of Melbourne Alfred Place which will open on 21 February 2014.
Jones likens any great dining room to the way any theatrical production works. Celebrated Chef Philippa Sibley will star in the kitchen spotlight cooking European classics ‘a la Sibley’. Jones’ eccentricity along with Sibley’s ‘kookiness’ and love of all things ‘silly’ will shine through in the fit out, menus, music – they both love a sense of Whimsy. Sibley’s set menus will change monthly ‘inspired’ by people, the arts, music and the produce that’s available seasonally and regionally.
The ‘inspired’ Menus (the first of which is based on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream) will be made available to the public four weeks in advance on Prix Fixe’s website and social media channels. Luncheon will include two set courses and a glass of wine, with an option for an entrée or dessert ($49pp), while dinner will consist of four set courses ($79pp).
Prix Fixe will fly in the face of Melbourne’s popular ‘no bookings’ policy, with tickets to be purchased no more than two month in advance. Limited tables will be made available from time to time for walk-ins. Only 60 tickets to Prix Fixe will be available each sitting in the small intimate dining room.