May 25, 2011

Rach is obsessed with anything Frenchie so when Felix opened, it quickly became a place we needed to go to. Another long overdue catch up was the time, Felix was indeed the place.

When we arrived, Felix was at its peek (the 1:00pm lunch rush) and it seemed the staff were a little frantic. The lady who was front of house was very professional and advised us that our table wasn’t ready and we could wait in the bar however as she ushered us over, our table was cleared and we were good to go.

We sat down and were greeted promptly by a waiter who gave us water – in our glass and also, it seemed, all over our table. I know people can make mistake especially when they are in a rush but to spill a substantial amount of water on our table, notice it and then walk away when I start cleaning it up with my napkin without so much as an apology, that’s a bit much.

Anyway, in a rush, we order our meals and decide to go with an entrée to share and a main each. We couldn’t go past the Gruyere soufflé to share and as a main I order the Lobster roll and Rach goes with the Lamb pie, sautéed mushrooms and tarragon jus.

Our soufflé arrives and we are immediately drooling. This is my first (shame!) ever cheese soufflé experience so I am looking forward to it immensely and can barely hold a conversation as I split it half and dish it out. I have to be honest, I was a little let down. I’m not sure whether its cheese soufflés in general or just this one but it was very eggy and not very cheesy. The sauce was cheesy but the actual soufflé (the main bit no?) pretty much tasted like scrambled eggs set in a muffin tin. It lacked a little seasoning also but please readers correct me if I am wrong on this one. I might actually try and make one at home and see how that tastes and I will keep you posted.

The mains took a little longer to come out and as we were on a time limit, made us a little late but all in the name of research, we carried on ;)

I felt slightly strange eating my main. Going from a very French soufflé to lobster on a roll. Literally. Made me feel slightly pleb-like lol! But it was actually really delicious and hey, it was lobster anyway.

Rach’s pie looked amazing and I managed to devour the rest of her meal when it all got a little too meaty for her. It was perfectly slow cooked lam jam packed in to a tiny little parcel but the meatyness of the dish was very overpowering for Rach who really only eats meat when she goes out to dinner as her sister is a vego. I can see how it would get too much as I only had a small amount and it was reeeeeeally meaty. Nice with the jus though.

We agreed that the décor and the menu was great and very Perisian. The place is all decked out and themed as with majority of the Merivale venues.

Next time we shall share a main and get two desserts to share. They look too good to pass up!

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