After hearing about their amazing Prix Fixe menu, for a celebratory dinner, we decided to visit Felix Bistro and Bar and try out their fabulous European cuisine for ourselves!
We decided to dine from the Prix Fixe menu, which is a two or three course pre-theatre dining experience. There was a great selection of 4 different entrees, mains and desserts, and plenty of options for all different tastes and preferences.
We chose the three course option, and started with the king crab and prawn salad with eggplant, quinoa and pickled beetroot. I really enjoyed this dish, as it was light and refreshing, and the healthier portions of the dish were still very flavoursome. There were generous pieces of prawn and crab to taste, and it was a great appetiser, but very generously portioned, so keep that in mind.
The other dish we had was actually on the mains portion of the menu, but they kindly agreed to create it in an entree size for us to taste. This was the sauté of herb gnocchi with zucchini, tomato and almonds, Woodside goats curd and basil. The gnocchi were cubed, rather than the traditional circular shape, and were different in texture than any gnocchi I had had before. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the curd and basil topping, and thought that this was a very rich but well seasoned dish.
We then went on to the mains, and our first pick was the slow roasted lamb shoulder, herb crust, pomme puree, caramalised onion and rosemary jus. The mash potatoes were the absolute star of the dish – so smooth and creamy, and melt-in your-mouth delicious! The lamb was also very tender, and all the flavours coming together with the puree, herb crust and the lamb made a perfect and tasty mouthful!
The second main I tried was the wood grilled ocean trout, cauliflower puree, crushed peas and parsley. While I normally don’t like cooked pink fish, this was a very notable exception, as the trout was served medium, and was so tender and well seasoned that I couldn’t help digging in and falling in love with this dish. If this had the pomme puree from the lamb dish, it would have been the star of the day for me, as the other accompaniments were a bit lacklustre.
Finally, we moved on to the dessert, which I was most excited for! I had the strawberry parfait with pistachio dacquoise, poached rhubarb and yoghurt ice cream. By this time, I was incredibly full, so having a lighter dessert was a good option, and I especially liked the pistachio on the base of the parfait, and the ice cream that added some sweetness and creaminess to the tart dessert.
I also had a taste of the profiteroles with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel and hot chocolate sauce. These profiteroles were open, and comprised of two biscuit halves sandwiched together, with the sauce drizzled all over them. They were extremely rich but so good, and a really lovely way to finish off a great meal!
As soon as I stepped inside Felix, I was very impressed with the interior. A lot of effort has gone into creating an elegant and classy feel, with the spacious wine room at the back and its open glass doors, the oyster and fresh seafood bar manned by an immaculately dressed chef, and the red and gold of the Parisian style lampshades that adorned each table.
Service was very polished and smooth, and very attentive. Prix Fixe tables are allowed 1.5 hours to dine, and we received our food quickly, but with enough pause between each course to allow us to enjoy and savour our meals. Be warned that their portions are a little on the larger side, so the two course would have been a great option as well.
Dining at any of the Merivale group of restaurants is always an enchanting experience, and Felix is no exception. The attention to detail with every aspect of our meal was very pleasing, and the menu was varied and truly European. Make sure you have the Strawberry Parfait – it’s a gorgeous dessert, and keep Felix in mind for a quick fine dining experience at a great price.