Prix Fixe, Melbourne

NB: Prix Fixe has now closed however more details on Philippa Sibley’s new ventures can be found here

Prix Fixe is the creative hub of Philippa Sibley, one of Australia’s leading dessert chefs. Based on a different theme every month, the restaurant concept is inspired by people, the arts and music whilst bringing together fresh seasonal produce, transforming both the interior and menu itself into a whimsical dining experience.

Just as you would when attending a theatre show, you need to pre-purchase tickets to the restaurant although if you’re feeling lucky – the restaurant does welcome walk ins.

The current menu for August, ‘An English Midwinter‘, seeks inspiration from C.S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The restaurant spares no expenses in fostering this experience, with a wardrobe-like door that opens itself towards a doorway filled with large, furred coats. Very enchanting.

Of course, each dish on the menu based on a part of the story, with some of the highlights being the drink concoctions (‘The blood of Aslan’) and the dessert (“Snow Queen”), the latter which contains white meringue sticks made to resemble a certain character’s wand.

Given the menu changes monthly, I don’t want to delve into the individual dishes into too much detail. I may leave that to a quote from C.S Lewis himself (printed atop the menu, of course) to sum up the dining experience. As C.S Lewis noted, ‘Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind’.

At Prix Fixe, not only was delicious food served but we reminisced; we had great conversations and most of all – we were invited to have fun. With such a unique concept and attentive service, it was an absolute joy and pleasure dining at Prix Fixe and I look forward with anticipation to more creative menu inspirations.

An English Midwinter

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The entrance

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHouse baked bread – still warm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACoffin Bay Oysters

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA‘The Blood of Aslan’ (Mocktail) : Blood Orange, Earl Grey, Lemon, Ginger Beer Candied Ginger – Delicious and refreshing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Cream of celery soup, Stilton, (candied) walnut – An excellent creamy, silky smooth combination of hot soup and cold sorbet. The stilton and crunchy candied walnut bits topped off the dish with a distinct kick.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ‘A winter picnic’: Scotch egg, potted shrimp, cucumber sandwiches

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ‘Tea with Mr Tumnus’: Lamb Suet Pudding – Richly braised lamb encased in soft, crumbly suet pastry. A great winter comfort dish.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMinty peas & carrot

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ‘Snow Queen’: Turkish delight, pistachio, white chocolate: Rich and decadent white chocolate flavours intensified by a dollop of coffee ice cream. (Spot the meringue ‘wands’!)

Prix Fixe

Alfred Place
90 Collins St, Melbourne
VIC 3000

http://prixfixe.com.au/

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