We made it to Café Felix just the day before the Highway liquor ban was imposed on MG Road. Built at the space that used to be Blimey at 1 MG Mall, Café Felix has a fresh new urban vibe. There is a great view from the life-sized windows. The multi-level cafe balances a blend of all day restaurant and a chic terrace lounge quite effortlessly. We sat down at the first level, for what was to be a nice long evening of great food and interesting conversations.
Firstly, before we get to the low-downs, as an aside I loved the menu here. Compact and precise, but really with enough and more options to try around. Salads, breakfast, soups, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pasta and a large variety of dessert – everything you could possibly think of eating is actually here. Our meal started with the soups – Roasted Corn was absolutely delicious – the curry leaves adding a zest to the normally simple soup. Tapash liked the Tomato Soup with lemongrass – comforting and delicious. Apeksha recommended that we try the Tuna Niçoise Salad – slices of tuna in a fresh bowl of salad with edamame and haricot beans topped with cherry tomatoes. The simple garlic tossed prawns that followed were just delicious, a must try if you like sea food.
For the pizza – we chose an 8 inch with half ‘n’ half toppings. Braised lamb with garlic (really couldn’t resist trying this!) and the other half was roasted aubergine and artichoke. The pizza was great. I loved the saucy lamb, as well as the peppery brinjal side, and both sides were just enough cheesy with generous amount of toppings.
In the mains, we opted for a risotto and a ravioli. In retrospect, both the dishes were on the sweeter side. But they did look so interesting on the menu it was hard to ignore! So the Pumpkin Risotto was garnished with spiced pecan, ginger and baby spinach – a tad too sweet for me to fathom the actual flavors. In comparison, I loved our second selection – Ricotta and Pinenut Ravioli was in a Leek and Walnut Sauce – that was just beautiful, the taste and textures were spot on. The roasted asparagus on the side brought in the needed balance in flavor. The sweetness was not overwhelming the actual taste of the dish.
The Avocado and Chocolate shake that we tried was delicious, came highly recommended, and lived up to all the expectations! We did try a couple of cocktails being the last day after all, and the ones we tried were pretty good, potent and delicious. We also picked a few desserts from their delectable selection. There were the signature baked cheese cake and the very homely blueberry almond bread pudding. Some homemade ice creams and a baked Nutella dessert made the home run. Some really, really good varieties that we couldn’t stop eating. The desserts here are reason enough to head back!
In summary, the food was impressive to say the least at Café Felix. After a long time, a place with simple and delicious food with no pretense and drama was really appealing. I will go back and try more of the menu. People, check out their breakfasts – it’s going to be good food with a spectacular view. And we hope the liquor ban would lift soon, it’s a sin to hide those cocktails. Have a great weekend, more updates soon!