On arriving in Melbourne, my first task was to head to Fenix for dinner. The location was pretty surprising - across from a building site, and next door to a large shopping centre, so it's easy to understand why I was one of only 3 tables. Despite this, there was still a nice atmosphere inside a lovely dining room.
I had spanner crab crostini to start - a huge portion which was extremely generous with the crabmeat. Admittedly it was from the "Something to Share" section of the menu, but still impressive in size, and equally so in taste.
Main was Braised and Sticky Beef Cheeks with roast garlic mash, which were beautifully soft, and not overly sticky to eat, but left you with a strange (and not unpleasant) sensation of your lips sticking together after each mouthful. The mash was excellent too, with just a hint of garlic coming through. Another generous portion, and an ideal, Gary-style "Winter Warmer"!
Dessert was Warm Quince and Breton Crumble with white chocolate cheesecake, and was ideal the follow the main. It's not often I would complain in this way, but the portion could actually have done with being a little smaller, especially after a starter and a main, but there can be absolutely no fault found with the dish itself.
It's sad that Fenix seems a little off the beaten track - with the standard of the food, and the value for money, ($67 for my meal) this place would be packed every night in any major city centre. And deservedly so. Up there with the best meals I've had, especially when you factor in the great value.
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