Trying The Felix Experience at The Peninsula Hong Kong
The first time I went to Felix was maybe five years ago, after a work event. It was time for dinner and we were all starving. Colleagues were in from out of town and someone must have suggested Felix without realizing it’s a fine dining spot. Because once menus were opened, we were quickly told we could order one drink and one appetizer each. While I don’t remember much about the food that evening (just my slight disappointment!), I did remember the overall vibe.
Photo from The Peninsula
Designed by Philippe Starck, it’s extremely sleek with lots of glass and white marble everywhere and floor to ceiling windows on both sides. When it opened in 1994, I imagine it was the chicest restaurant in town. These days, most fine dining restaurants feel slightly warmer, with more colour or earth tones. So Felix feels both old school (what I imagined a big city restaurant was like as a teen growing up in suburban Canada) and futuristic at the same time.
I was dining with my manager who's also a dear sister in Christ. As we tore into our tasty bread basket and reflected on our days, I was also silently reflecting at how much my life has changed since I started big city life. Just ten years ago (well I guess that is quite a while!), dining in such a restaurant seemed like a dream. Still a student, all I had were dreams. No job, connections, opportunities had presented themselves...yet! And then God moved, making a way for me in Singapore and now Hong Kong.
Back then my understanding of fashionable city life came from SATC (not that I'd watch it now), The Devil Wears Prada, and Vogue. And now, after living through so many movie worthy situations, it's truly sunk in that nothing is as important as living life grounded in Christ. We can have the best clothes, eat at the hottest restaurants, be surrounded by the most beautiful people, and none of it will bring happiness. But when God comes first, we can find joy in all circumstances. And certainly enjoy blessings when God provides!
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. (James 1:17)
And on this evening, God provided a beautiful meal in a dream restaurant. Here are some of the highlights from our Felix Experience Menu by Chef de Cuisine Juan Gomez.
Amuse Bouche (Japanese cucumber and crab, quail egg and caviar, tofu puff with garlic shrimp and mango caviar)
Chicken Consomme, Black Truffle Ravioli, Chicken “Chicharron”
Hokkaido Scallop, XO Beurre Blanc, Mushrooms and Cabbage
Pan-Fried Foie Gras, Citric Panko Crust, Green Apple Relish
There is a choice of two mains. My friend and I ordered one each so we could try both.
Wild Sea Bass Loin with Cannellini Beans, Iberian Chorizo, and Romanesco
Chargrilled Iberian Pork Pluma (reminded me a lot of char siu!) with Creamy Saffron Rice, Broccolini, Spring Vegetables
Milk Tea Cheesecake
We went on a weekday and I was surprised at how busy the restaurant was. Even with our current conditions, it was nearly full with couples enjoying the bar (don’t miss the cozy American bar up one of the staircases, as well as the main bar), families celebrating a birthday, business dinners, etc. Service was very attentive and the noise levels were fine.
Thankful that this second trip to Felix involved so many dishes. The East meets West flavours were lovely and the overall experience was a treat. For some, the portions may be on the small side; I wouldn’t say I left extremely full. However they are generous with their tasty bread basket so one could always get more rolls.
Salisbury Road, 28/F The Peninsula Tsim Sha Tsui, 2696 6778
*By invitation for Foodie