When the Café Felix invite dropped in my inbox, I was ultra-excited! The menu looked super interesting, as did the space. I roped in a friend, spoke to Apeksha (the one co-ordinating the tasting sessions) and a weekday lunch at this brand-new cafe was decided upon. ‘
As we entered the café, we were greeted with plenty of natural light and a modern casual chic vibe that instantly set the tone for our lunch. Before we settled in, Apeksha showed us around the gorgeous restaurant and introduced us to Chef Nitin Kulkarni who was previously with team Indigo from Mumbai for over 17 years. He’s been working with The Clearing House in Mumbai for the last few years and has made his way into Bangalore with the all-day open, Café Felix.
After a quick chat, we chose a table with a fantastic view and were handed the menus. As a vegetarian, I feel the need to take a minute and really appreciate Café Felix for having really putting in a lot of thought into the vegetarian dishes. Unique stuff and a wide spread of choices – I was delighted to say the least. We requested the Café Felix team to give us smaller portions so we could try more and they sweetly obliged. The next hour and a half we spent in food bliss. Alright, time to give you the low-down!
PS: The dish-by-dish review below has been co-written by my friend who joined me for this lunch.
1. Corn Soup – Apeksha recommended the soup and we were glad she ordered it because we would have never thought of ordering it otherwise. None of us are fans of corn soup but this one was a clear exception. Thick, creamy, with a pop of Indian flavour, try this one even if you’re not one who generally enjoys corn soup.
2. Watermelon, Feta & Baby Spinach Salad – Watermelon salads have become a relative common feature in restaurant across India but Café Felix wins brownie points for making theirs with baby spinach instead of basil. Not only is it healthier, but it will also keep you full for longer. Double yay! Topped with balsamic vinegar, this one was refreshingly delicious.
3. Tuna Niçoise Salad – This one was one of the stand-out dishes from the afternoon. The classic Tuna Niçoise was nailed to perfection, and was served alongside a mixed vegetable salad with a mild mustard mayonnaise dressing. The fish had a hint of an amazing citrus flavour to it, and was complemented very well by the salad. Now this is what should be termed as taste bhi, health bhi.
4. Pizza – We chose a half and half pizza. On one side, we had Goan chorizo and on the other side we had ricotta and truffle. Originally, the vegetarian side was a roasted tomato, ricotta and truffle pizza but not being a fan of tomato, I gave it a miss. The Goan chorizo topping was superb. The ricotta cheese was any cheese lover’s delight! Served on a classic thin crust, there was nothing not to like about their pizzas!
5. Rigatoni with Confit Lamb, Smoked Peppers – This was an explosion of the right flavours in the mouth, not too much going on, simple but absolutely delicious. A thick Lamb gravy, cooked to perfection with a nice smokey flavour, courtesy the peppers, served on top of perfectly cooked handmade Rigatoni, and the perfect balance of garlic, parsley and pepper.
6. Ricotta & Pinenut Ravioli, Leek and Walnut Sauce and Roasted Asparagus – This dish balanced beautifully between having unique, as well as comforting flavours. The ricotta filled ravioli was balanced with subtle and light flavours of the sauce while the occasional walnut gave it a pop of crunch.
7. Potato and Crushed Pepper Gnocchi, Porcini Butter, Roasted Shallots – What a stellar dish with a burst of gorgeous different flavours in one single bite. The melt-in-the-mouth gnocchi pieces were teamed with garlic and onion confit which gave out a hint of sweetness – enough to pleasantly surprise you but not enough to overpower the taste. To keep it simple, this is easily one of the best gnocchi I’ve had in the city.
8. Banana & Nutella Cake – A classic combination that was the perfect way to end this amazing meal. Keep in mind that both, the banana and Nutella were equals in this dish so if you’re looking for something out and out chocolaty, this may not be the one for you. We loved it because the banana made for a refreshing balance to the dense Nutella.
9. Blueberry Almond Bread Pudding – Café Felix’s take on this classic dessert hits the nail on the head. Unpretentious and oh-so-lovely!
We also ordered two drinks – The Avacado and Chocolate Milkshake and a Green Apple and Cinnamon Slushie. Both the drinks had unique combinations and made for the perfect accomplices to a great meal. What we especially loved was the absence of copious amounts of sweetness which allowed the actual flavours to come through.
The restaurant teams their exceptional food with equally exceptional service. The staff was friendly, helpful and accommodating.
Café Felix checks all the right boxes and scores an easy A+. I cannot wait to go back already!
Average cost of a main dish: Rs.400 – Rs.600