Felix Bar and Bistro
2 Ash Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nestled in the uber cool laneway of Ash Street, Felix is a sophisticated French brasserie that oozes romance and traditional Parisian charm.
Just one of the venues under the Merivale umbrella, Felix threw open its doors in 2011, welcoming discerning diners from all around town to enjoy its homage to a quintessential French culinary experience. Every element was considered, with the devil sitting in the detail: walls feature authentic Parisian subway tiles, imported French chandeliers sit on the ceiling, and waiters are dressed in traditional long aprons.
Felix’s culinary approach is mastered by Head Chef, Nathan Johnson. With a focus on honest food made with the finest produce, he is the perfect fit for the brasserie. Having worked in some of London’s most notable kitchens, including Gordon Ramsay’s Claridges, Boxwood Cafe and Plane Food, the chef’s 20 years of experience and passion can be easily spotted on the menu.
Produce is definitely at the heart of Felix’s dishes. Nowhere is this more obvious than at the oyster bar, a direct reference to the traditional French bistro experience. But oysters aren’t the only thing on display; the beautiful exhibition on the circular laminated timber bar showcases Felix’s fresh selection of Moreton Bay bugs, lobsters, prawns and Alaskan king crabs.
The entree and charcuterie options focus on the best fruits, nuts and cheeses available. Start with the twice-baked gruyére soufflé, with onion puree, rocket and walnuts, or the king crab and prawn salad with eggplant, quinoa and pickled beetroot. Move your way up to cold meats with chicken liver paté, currant relish, cornichons and toasted brioche, or the smooth Berkshire pork terrine, with brandy-soaked prunes, grilled organic sourdough and cornichons.
The extensive wine list straight from Felix’s wine room offers a line-up of Australian, New Zealand and French wines. Both vintage and non-vintage, you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you’re after cocktails, the absinthe frappe – a mix of mythe absinthe traditional and tarragon syrup, served over crushed ice – is a lovely dedication to l’heure verte, the hour of the day in which the bourgeois, artists and working class would drink absinthe to finish off the day. Feeling like something fresher? An Endless Summer will be calling your name. It combines Olmeca Tequila blanco, with Lillet Rose, pink grapefruit, lavender syrup and lime juice.
Whether for lunch or dinner, the restaurant’s main dishes continue to highlight exquisite ingredients. The slow-roasted lamb shoulder is herb-crusted and served with roast fondant potatoes and an onion and rosemary jus. Another outstanding main option is the roasted Cone Bay barramundi, topped with confit potato, a green bean and black olive salad, slow-roasted tomatoes and marinated anchovies.
Every single detail at Felix is fit for modern royalty. To honour this premise, the venue’s gold embellishments and large champagne urns are juxtaposed with commonplace Parisian symbols like metro tiles and bentwood Thonet chairs. This extends to Felix’s custom-made and custom-designed pewter bar top, which pulls back the finery of gold and silk tassel trimmings.
Felix presents an authentic Parisian dining experience that caters not only for food connoisseurs but for those who appreciate daring design. With its central CBD location, it’s ideally located for a marvellous meal, any day of the week.