Fellinis is the sister restaurant to Zeffirellis (see previous review) with a similar colour scheme and feel: banquet seating, art work on the walls, pristine white tablecloths etc – you get the picture.
This is vegetarian fine dining with a menu to match. All starters and desserts are priced at £6.95 and mains £13.95. There is an excellent choice for vegans with the majority of meals being either vegan or adaptable. The emphasis here is on the vegetables and making them the star of the show and they certainly do a good job of that!
Sometimes you eat something so delicious that you know you won’t ever forget it. This was one of those times. There was a seasonal slant to the menu being Christmas so for starter I had Pumpkin Soup topped with Roasted Mushrooms. A silky smooth, perfectly seasoned bowl of sweetness that was beautiful in it’s presentation.
For the main I choose Stuffed Onions with Brazil Nuts, Chestnuts and Cherries with Boulangerie Potatoes and a Red Wine Sauce. One word – wow. The onions were perfectly cooked. The stuffing was crunchy and nutty with a hint of sweetness from the cherries. The potatoes were delicious and as for the red wine sauce I need the recipe as it’s the best gravy I’ve ever eaten. The dish came with a bundle of carrots, courgette and parsnip on the side.
Feeling pretty full after the above I could have opted for Christmas pudding served with Brandy Cream (vegan) but I went for a lighter option of the Mango and Passion Fruit Fool (also vegan). I think it was probably just a puree of fruit as it was tangy and refreshing rather than creamy although slightly reminded me of baby food. It came with some seasonal berries on top and was OK but I think I should have gone for the Christmas pud!
At Fellinis I had a 2 course meal and shared some bread and olives with my sisters and Grandma (there was plenty and we had some bread left over).
For the main I had the Zucchini and Corn Fritters with Fried Cabbage in Sauce Soubise. This in more simple terms was Courgette and corn fritters with roasted potatoes and fried cabbage in a creamy sauce. This meal was scrumptious as all the different parts of the dish complemented each other. The sauce for me was the highlight as it was creamy, salty and tangy and I could eat it all day long. The portion size when we’d been before had been on the small size however the portion that I had was perfect.
For dessert I had the Mont Blanc Meringue with Chestnut Purée. This was a meringue filled with chestnut purée served with a drizzle of fruit sauce and different berries. I’d never had anything like it before so was very eager to try it and it proved to be delicious. The meringue was fluffy but also chewy and the chestnut purée went very well with it.
Fellinis was a nice place to eat out as a family. Emily, Catrin, Grandma and I shared bread and olives as a starter. They gave us more than enough bread with little jugs of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The olives came in a little pot and it all looked very dainty and appetising.
For my main course I had the Zucchini and Corn Fritters with Fried Cabbage in Sauce Soubise. I really enjoyed the sauce and the fritters, however they had put the tiniest bit of cabbage ever on top! It also came with roast potatoes, which weren’t mentioned on the menu.
For pudding I had the Mont Blanc Meringue with Chestnut Purée. I really liked the meringue however, I thought it was slightly too chewy. I thought that the chestnut purée was quite bland and needed a bit more flavour.
I really enjoyed our meal at Fellinis. The restaurant had an atmospheric feeling to it as soon as we walked inside. For my starter I shared bread and olives with my sisters. It was really what I expected . After that we waited for a little bit and then the main course came. I had the Zucchini and Corn fritters with fried cabbage in a sauce. Not really being a cabbage fan myself I was fine with the amount of cabbage served on top but there really was not that much. The fritters had a delicious taste but they were a little bit raw inside. For some reason it came with potatoes which worked well but was not on the menu. The sauce. Do not get me started on the sauce. It was absolutely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! It was creamy as well as sweet and worked perfectly with the fritters and the potatoes. For pud I had the meringue with chestnut puree. the meringue was very chewy but tasted like meringue and there was a little bit too much chestnut puree but overall it tasted well together. It was a nice place to eat out.
This was the highlight of our short break to Ambleside. Gourmet food, all vegetarian, with lots of choice.
Fellinis always seems full, booking is difficult at times, and we had to settle for a 6pm slot to get in. I ordered the Grilled Halloumi with Tahini Potage and Pomegranate Seeds for starters. The halloumi was well done and the pomegranate seeds worked as a counterfoil. I wasn’t too sure about the tahini potage. It was nice, but something more tasty would have worked better I think. Admittedly this could be my natural bias against tahini..
For a main I ordered the Butternut Squash filled with Aduki Beans, Blue Cheese and Walnuts, served with Garlic Mash and Pepperonata. I have mixed reviews on this dish. Firstly there was way too much pepperonata, and way too little blue cheese and walnuts. It was almost as if the chef had worked out the cost of the ingredients and loaded the plate up with as much of the budget ingredients and skimped on the expensive ones. When eating all the parts to the dish together, it worked really well. The smoothness of the mash coupled with the sour blue cheese and the crunchy walnut worked perfectly. Unfortunately I ran out of blue cheese and walnuts after about 20 seconds! Furthermore the description was for a Butternut Squash “filled” with Aduki Beans etc.. As you can see from the photo, this was not the dish that arrived in front of me.
Dessert was the Gingerbread, Apricot and Apple Crumble served with Cinnamon Cream. Not bad at all – good mix of flavours and quite seasonal. A really nice meal, although slightly disappointed with the main, which could have been much, much better. In fact I did leave the restaurant thinking I could have cooked a better main at home, which is never a good way to depart after a nice meal!