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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Dinner @ Fenix

We hadn't intended to go out to dinner but time got away from me today causing my cooking plans to be shelved until tomorrow. A call to Fenix and good news followed - we'd be going out to dinner!

There's a change in the house champagne, we're offered a 1999 Drappier Champagne. What doesn't change is that we opt for the degustation or as it's called in the menu "Pollination".

I should note that most of the dishes following are not those listed on the current degustation menu - I suppose because we've had a lot of the dishes, these ones were created for us. Now that's a nice touch!

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Tempura Marron, Zucchini cream and Asparagus Sorbet on grated almonds
The marron was terrific but the asparagus sorbet was divine - intense flavour in a pure form.

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Pork Belly, sherry jelly, Egg at 62°C, potato textures
A divinely delicious dish - the wonderful 62° egg and meltingly soft pork belly combine with the smoothest potato puree and spiced sherry jelly cubes.

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Red Wine Foam, Smoked Eel, Grilled Pineapple on black pudding crumbs
The grilled pineapple sits atop crispy black pudding crumbs. The smoked eel had a fabulous flavour and just fell apart - I can't say I'm usually a fan of eel but this was excellent.

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Assiette of Rabbit, kidney, liver, braised cabbage, roasted melon
This dish is on the degustation menu. A rack of rabbit and a seared slice of the saddle accompanied by a sautéed kidney and liver.

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Coconut Marshmallow, Mango mousse, fried shallots, salt caramel
Yes, there are fried shallots in this dessert but they do make sense in the context of the dish. They offer a really interesting crunch and slight sweet tang that complements the smooth mango mousse. A sticky pool of salt caramel sits at the bottom of the bowl.

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Basil Sorbet, Raspberry Foam


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Chocolate soil, milk sorbet, chocolate toffee

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Petit Fours - mango jelly, salt & vinegar chocolate, raspberry lollypop

The details:
Fenix
680 Victoria Street Richmond
Phone: (03) 9427 8500
Open: Tuesday - Sunday for Lunch; Tuesday - Saturday for Dinner

www.fenix.com.au

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