Fenix: A feast fit for a birthday

Saturday 16th February is my birthday. Unlike other family members I love celebrating my birthday. One of my friends and I have decided to celebrate by going to a 5 star restaurant to celebrate our birthdays. This year I chose Fenix, owned by Australian Masterchef judge, Gary Mehigan. The restaurant is set beside a lovely shaded bend in the Yarra River in Richmond, just a few kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD.

When we arrived we were allowed to choose our own table either inside or out. As it was quite a hot day we chose to sit inside but next to the window so we could enjoy the view. You wouldn’t know that you were just near the city. Being Satuday lunchtime meant the restaurant was quiet so the staff had more time to spend with us. They created a wonderful atmosphere for my birthday.

Our lovely waitress, Anastasia, came over to tell us the Rotisserie ‘du jour’ and other specials. She mentioned that they have three options for diners. One is an express lunch where you have two courses for a set price, the second option was a la carte and the third was a ‘Sharer’s Feast’ which would take 2-3 hours depending on how long it took us to eat. For just $69 we could have three courses. Three choices from the entree, two from the mains and two from the dessert as well as one side option. This sounded like it was excellent value so we chose that option.

The food was very simple and extremely delicious. Everything tasted so fresh. It was great to have a form of salad accompanying each dish which made each dish quite light. I’d always thought of Fenix as as a special occasion restaurant but that’s not the case as the prices are very reasonable. The only disappointment was there wasn’t a huge selection of ‘wines by the glass’ to choose from.

Cured Atlantic salmon, pickled fennel & watercress salad, radishes & crème fraiche

Sweet corn & gruyere `sticks’, tomato relish

Pressed pork belly, roasted cauliflower puree, Japanese scallops

300g full blood Wagyu rump, heirloom beetroots, whip goat’s curd

Heirloom tomato, “Giorgio’s” mini boccincini, pesto, black olive oil

Baby snapper

Mango & macadamia “Bombe Alaska” with a passionfruit syrup.

Coconut crème caramel, caramelized pineapple, piña colada sorbet

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