By Jo Rittey


St James believe in the healing power of food. They believe in the benefits of eating whole unprocessed foods, fresh pesticide-free vegetables, nuts, fruits, grass-fed meat, pastured free-range poultry and wild-caught fish. And because they want to share that with you, they’ve created a delicious paleo inspired menu so that you can enjoy eating out while still maintaining your health goals.


If some of the breakfast dishes sound on the exy side, it’s worth bearing in mind that they contain a lot of quality ingredients designed to make your insides thank you. So, while the bircher is $15, you’ll be picking the flaxseeds and organic raw nuts out of your teeth for the rest of the day and it does have coconut organic yoghurt, chia and berries. And, you may well raise your eyebrows at the fruit heaven’s $16, but you’ll have the goodness of seasonal organic fruit coursing through your veins with coconut crisps and coconut organic yoghurt to add that little je ne sais quoi. There’s also a paleo big breakfast whose title urges you to ‘go primal’ and this features eggs, grass fed sirloin, bacon, a sweet potato fritter and wilted spinach. 16 hour pulled pork benedict sounds pretty tasty, as does the Sunshine Coast Bay spanner crab. Children are well provided for with a healthy and tasty looking little ones’ menu.


At St James, they clearly like to do it all, because they have their own blend of coffee. If you favour a strong bean, perhaps ask for a double shot. This is a smooth and very mild blend. This could be the time to test drive a Kombucha and aid your intestinal health. And for those who seek purity but not at the expense of a good time, there’s a fairly impressive wine and beer list.


Saint James, the original one, that is, is often associated with pilgrims and Spain. Make of that what you will.


314-316 Bridge Road, Richmond


Mon – Wed 7am – 5pm

Thurs – Sun 7am – 10pm



Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and needs good coffee to start her day. Armed with an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than roaming the streets of the northside in search of new and old food-related wonders.


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