Tucked away behind the popular Harvey’s Bar and Bistro on James Street is its more informal offshoot, Tinderbox Kitchen.
Tinderbox has a focus on showcasing fresh, local produce, in dishes that are nice and affordable for this side of town.
The range of pizzas on offer is hard to pass up, with handformed dough crafted from an organic stone-milled flour, which creates a light and crisp pizza base.
We tried the Savoyarde pizza, topped with potato, rosemary, bacon, leek, chilli, 3 cheeses raclette, smoked mozzarella and fior di latte.
This pizza was a cheese-lovers dream, with a rich mixture of cheesy goodness in each mouthful. The fresh rosemary lifted the crispy potato as well.
Another menu favourite was the hickory smoked chicken, served with bbq sauce, broad beans and corn. The chicken was amazingly tasty with woody smoky notes to it that worked well with the sweet and sticky BBQ sauce. It also came with a velvety dollop of sour cream with green onion mixed through.
The charred corn on the side of this meal was extremely moreish, as were the broad beans. My only beef with this dish was that I ended up with just a couple of broad beans on my plate — a few more would have been nice.
Other mains include a slow cooked lamb with spiced eggplant, yoghurt and black tahini. Or try the confit pork shoulder, with radicchio, kaiserfleisch (a type of ham) and walnuts with a caramelised apple puree.
To wash everything down, there is a range of beer on tap and in bottles, available, as well as wine and cocktails.
The cocktail list features some unique blends such as the Mint Condition with Bulleit Bourbon, fresh mint, ginger syrup and whiskey barrel aged bitters.
For dessert, we loved the Spring Break, with blood orange segments and sorbet, passionfruit, lemon curd, iced white chocolate and raspberry with a sweet sesame wafer.
The mix of textures and flavours in this dessert was outstanding, with a soft jelly layer on the bottom rising to the creamy lemon curd, cold sorbets and crispy wafer.
Tinderbox Kitchen is on 31 James St and is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday, and just for dinner on Tuesdays.