Masterpiece Series Dinner, Felix, Sydney
When the March into Merivale agenda came out a couple of months ago, a couple of friends suggested one of the Masterpiece Series Dinner Events by Lauren Murodch. The description says ‘Lauren Murdoch explores the art world with her culinary interpretation of some of the great masterpieces…. The art will be on the plate, from Paris to New York, and back to Sydney to uncover the art of the food’.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew the company will be awesome! We all didn’t want matching wine with our meal, it was just too much, so the degustation with a complementary glass of Chandon upon arrival was $99pp. However, I asked if I could ask for a glass of red and red it was!
We started with complementary bread – I didn’t have any as I wanted to make room for the degustation that I am about to consume. However, according to S, who almost demolished the bread, it wasn’t warm but fresh and delicious. I have had the bread at Felix on my first visit and I do rememember it being tasty.
First dish, fresh red radish, whipped goats cheese, baby herbs, bread. The goats cheese was deliciously creamy and fluffy and tasted a little like cream cheese with a bit of tang. Eaten with thinly sliced and toasted fruit bread it was wonderful – it brought out a lot of flavours and richness. I wasn’t a huge fan of the red radish though – not in chunks but thinly cut was ok.
Next came, steamed asparagus with pickled quail eggs and ravigot sauce. This was probably the dish of the night for me. I love the combination of the flavours, the acidity of the sauce, the sourness and creaminess from the pickled quail eggs, it made me want more and more. The asparagus which was served at room temperature was a wonderful complement. Each mouthful was better than the next, I tried to scrape off every last bit of sauce, and almost picked up the plate and licked it off!
The first main being the seared ocean trout with anchoide, olive and parsley salad. I loved the seared ocean trout, served medium rare, it was tender and just melted in my mouth. Unfortunately, the anchovy, olive and parsley salad was a little too salty and a little ‘fishy’ for my liking. Since S thoroughly enjoyed it more than I did, I was happy to give her my share. I enjoyed the trout with just the creamy dollop of mayonnaise.
The last of the main, braised beef cheek with beetroot and horse radish cream. You can’t really see the beetroot – it was roasted and yes its supposed to be red, however, in the photo below, it looks like two ‘blobs’ of black! The braised beef cheek was incredibly tender and had an extremely strong red wine flavour which I thought was a little too powering. The beetroot and creamy horse radish cream complemented the richness of the beef. My only gripe would be there weren’t enough of the horse radish cream!
Dessert – chocolate mousse with hazelnut milk granita and caramel was sickly rich! I had two mouthfuls and could not finish the rest. The chocolate mousse sat on a bed of granita and salted caramel. I love the combination of sweet and salt together but this was too rich and too heavy for my liking. Both M and I gave our dessert to S and she devoured it all! I salute her and her stomach!
Lastly, we were presented with some tea or coffee and petite fours, which were friand with lemon icing and praline truffles.
The praline truffles was deliciously rich with hazelnut in the middle which I loved. Coated with dark chocolate, it was scrumptiously sweet and the chocolate just melted in your mouth. The friand with lemon icing was also lusciously sweet with a bit of tang. It was firm but yet fluffy – it was nice but I have never been a huge fan of friand so didn’t enjoy this as much as the others.
On the back of the menu, we ‘had’ to draw something that represented the food we just consumed. We were presented with coloured pencils. I can’t draw if my life depended on me! M and S are definitely more creative.
Apparently, we are in the draw to win a free dinner at Felix. As much as I would love to win a free dinner, I don’t think I will be winning with my artistic skills!
It was a wonderful evening with the girls. I didn’t get to try the Reuben sandwich at Felix though, which means I will definitely have to go back!
Thanks again for a lovely evening ladies. I look forward to seeing you next time.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
2 Ash Street
Ph: +61 2 9240 3000