Almond & white chocolate parfait with roasted strawberries
So, my night at Felix Bistro started off rather oddly. I arrived at 7.30pm to meet some friends for dinner. I knew I was the first to arrive, so I thought it was a little odd when the maitre d’ said that my friends were already there. Ok, you know, maybe they did get there before me. Apparently superhuman speed and power is not beyond all of us. He led me to a table, where a couple were having a lovely, quiet, romantic meal.
“Here are your friends,” the maitre d’ announced and pulled out a seat for me.
I looked at the couple, who had paused mid-shovelling-food-into-their-faces. They stared at me.
Awkward. (And why does this keep happening to me?)
“Um, ah, these aren’t my friends,” I stammered, embarrassed for I’m not really sure who. Me? Them? The maitre d’? Yeah, the maitre d’.
“They’re not? My apologies!” Flustered, he quickly ushered me away, much to the relief of the couple and plonked me at the bar to wait for my friends who, as it turns out, do not have superhuman speed and power. They eventually arrived, we were seated together and the night improved vastly from there on.
From the first inkling of a starter to the utterly satisfying desserts, every single dish we had was outstanding.
Spanner crab salad with avocado, lime and fish roe
Felix oyster bar
Though I’m impartial when it comes to oysters (all I know is I like ‘em little), Felix’s half-arch of an oyster bar is mighty impressive. We shared a sample of various regional oysters and they tasted clean and sweet and dare I say, great. We also shared the spanner crab salad, one of the specials for the night, and wow. Fresh, sweet, simple and all together too little served in that Martini glass!
Mains were all simple, but cooked to perfection, the absolute highlight of the night being the bouillabaisse – a Tuesday night special – which… I can’t even describe this. Basically, the broth was deliciously rich and aromatic and tasted like everything that is awesome about seafood.
Pork neck served with roasted turnips
Sorry about the blurry shots, guys. It was like, really dim in there.
Pan roasted duck breast with cabbage and radish
And then there’s dessert.
They say that great food brings out the literary geniuses in us. Ok, “they” don’t say that, I do. We each ordered our own desserts because damned if I’m sharing and while each one was brilliant, the outstanding dessert for the night was the passionfruit soufflé. Quintessentially perfect in every sense of the word (and taste), the soufflé was unbelievably light yet so full of passionfruit flavour.
As my friend, David, said: “It’s like parachuting through a cloud of passionfruit.”
Literary genius, no?
Passionfruit soufflé with vanilla ice cream
Lemon pudding with cream & candied lemon
I ordered the almond & white chocolate parfait [top] because we wondered what roasted strawberries would look like. Basically, they look like shrivelled up strawberries
So dinner at Felix? Awesome. Company? Brilliant. I went with my friends David and Lisa… and for the Sydney foodies amongst us, Lisa runs Your Local Markets, food and artisan markets which are held every Wednesday to Friday in Bondi Junction (as well as Saturdays and Sundays on the Gold Coast). Go check it out!
Felix Bar & Bistro
2 Ash Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000
(02) 9240 3000