Tinderbox on James Street | The Verdict

By Sophia McMeekin
29th Oct 2013

When we heard PJ McMillan (of Harveys fame) was opening up a funky pizzeria we had no doubt this venture would be both tasteful and delicious. A hasty lunch sojourn to Tinderbox proved us right. 

A central wood-fired oven delivers crisp, authentic pizzas (ours arrived at our table what felt like only moments after ordering), in combinations like the Patata, with potato, kale, chili, and tallegio; the Tinderbox, with prawns, zucchini, and cherry tomato; and the Fungi with mushrooms and oregano. 

From the oven you'll also find generous serves of cumin-rubbed lamb shoulder, suckling pig with smokey bbq sauce, quail with muscat glaze, and handmade potato gnocchi with broccoli and pine nuts.


There's also a creative line up of side options, including mushrooms and blue cheese, duck fat kipflers, wood-roasted leeks, and Malaney buffalo haloumi with lemon.

Tinderbox is also a well-stocked wine bar, and a brief glance down the wine list presents a bevvy of beverage options sure to please even the toughest vino critic. There are also cocktails and local beers on tap, which would go down very well after work, accompanied by a cheese plate, or the salt cod croquettes.


Tinderbox has a relaxed charm, and, while sitting in the sunshine enjoying a pizza, it's hard to not feel like you're experiencing a touch of the Italian countryside. Tinderbox is tucked behind Harveys on James Street, and serving up lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday.

Image credits: Daniel Maddock

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