Tucked away in an ally just off George street (part of the ivy), you will find Felix. When you step inside it’s like you are transported to France, the awning out the front , cane seats, white tilled walls, the little lamp on the table, wall of wine and more all come together to give the place an authentic French feel. The menu has many French classics, reasonably priced, with the average main costing $32. Felix certainly deserves the one hat it was awarded in the SMH 2012 Good Food Guide.
Felix has a different special dish for each day of the week. I went on Wednesday which was ‘game night’; expecting to have a ‘selection of seasonal game birds’ , I was a little disappointed that there was no selection just a quail & foie gras terrine. As the entrées were being brought out the lights in the restaurant were dimmed making the place quite dark, so my apologies for the quality of the pics.
Gruyere souffle $22 – My pick of the entrées! Not something you would want to eat all by your self, best to share this one. Cheese & butter together in a dish can’t be bad (just bad for you).
Prawn cocktail $18 – Is a prawn cocktail French? I don’t know but i do know that this was the best one I have ever had! Most of the time it seems like prawn cocktails are made with second rate prawns and just drowned in sauce. Not at Felix, they use big fresh prawns sitting on top of some chopped lettuce with just a bit of sauce .
Steak tartare $24 - simple French classic done really well.
Impressive wine list (more like a small book) with many reasonably priced choices.
Spatchcock with iceberg & lemon $32 – What the dish lacks in presentation it makes up for it on taste. The spatchcock cooked on the rotisserie is super moist and tender, lightly seasoned the iceberg is very fresh crispy.
Pan fried fish with pink grapefruit, green olive salad and citrus mayonnaise $32 - Most people would think that a pan fried fish is a light option. When you are talking French food, there is no light option. The fish was pan fried in butter, which gave the dish a real nutty taste. The tartness of the lemon balanced out the richness of this dish.
Lamb pie, sautéed mushrooms and tarragon jus $32 – The pastry of the pie was light and cooked to golden brown goodness. Inside of the pie were lamb pieces in a redwine reduction. The jus was very rich, almost overpowering but it was just begging to be mopped up with the pie crust.
Passionfruit soufflé with vanilla ice cream $18 – I love soufflé! If i go to a restaurant and its on the menu Im ordering it for sure. This one was OK , I have had better though. Still enjoyable to eat with a mild passionfruit flavour but I found the consistency to be closer to a meringue than a soufflé.
Brandy snap with poached quincesand spiced brandy cream $18
Tiramisu $18 - another desert favourite of mine. All the flavours were well balanced with no overpowering taste of coffee or alcohol, just the right amount of cream all in all an excellent tiramisu.
2 Ash St (The Ivy) – Sydney