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Esurientes - The Comfort Zone

Friday, June 08, 2007

Fenix restaurant offer to readers!

I recently started a new job at a newspaper, along with my other part-time position, so I've been a bit distracted recently, but an email yesterday from Ray Capaldi, co-proprietor and chef at Fenix in Richmond spurred me into action. Ray's been checking out the Melbourne food blogging community and discovered the review I wrote about the Desserts of The Future dinner at Fenix during the Melbourne Food & Wine festival. He left a comment on the site and emailed me to say he enjoyed reading the views of somebody on the dining floor. He's very interested in what the public who come to Fenix really think of the restaurant, the food and the hospitality and he was concerned when a few readers indicated that the prices at the restaurant were beyond their means. He wants everybody to experience the Fenix hospitality and food, so he's come up with an idea:

For all Esurientes readers he would like to offer them an exclusive offer of a 5 course degustation with wines for $85 dollars per person any night of the week except Friday or Saturday. The offer stands for all 2007 except December. Readers need to mention this offer on the phone when they book.
(nb. for those who've asked: pronunciation of the blog is Eh-zoo-RI-en-tez. ;-) Or Niki is easy to pronounce )

The 5 course tasting menu with wine is usually around $135, so this is a very generous offer from somebody genuinely interested in getting more people to experience his hospitality,
You can view some of the menus on the website. If you haven't been to Fenix before, you're in for a treat. I think it's the most adventurous and interesting food happening in Melbourne, and the venue, right on the Yarra, is stunning.

In other news, I'm going up to Woodend this weekend to perform, and next week to Sydney to check out a few restaurants: Aria, Balzac and Billy Kwongs are definites. Ray mentioned at that first Fenix dinner that the Sydney restaurant scene is firing right now, so I'm looking forward to trying it.
Also, this blog has been nominated (along with many others) for a Bloggers Choice award, in the Food blog category. You can cast your votes here!



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