At Felici Espresso Bar they make a bloody good coffee. That's a fact that I'm sure few people would deny and obviously that is their main aim. It's no surprise that they're mentioned in the comments on the best coffee in Adelaide article here at Weekendnotes. Felici means happiness and the owners and employees want to make all their customers feel this way. The little biscuits that come with every coffee whether you dine in or take away are a nice little way that they demonstrate what they're about. The salted caramel macaroon is also quite delicious.
Having only sampled the coffee and the salted caramel macaroon previously, I was looking forward to eating lunch there today. But before we get to the food, let me tell you about the décor. The interior is sophisticated and chic – it's not exactly old-fashioned as it still feels modern but the lights are sparkly, crystal-like orbs that bring to mind chandeliers and dangle down from the ceiling and would seem odd in many places in the city. They do bring a nice old world charm to the place and work beautifully here. Large posters that bring to mind billboards line one wall while a large mirror is perched on the wall opposite.
There's a long table in the centre and several smaller tables surround it giving you a choice of a more open chat or an intimate table for two. I watched through the large windows today while rain alternated between a vague drizzle and seemingly solid sheets slipping from the sky. No one was brave enough to inhabit the tables outside except for two little sparrows sheltering from the rain on the top of some chairs that I spotted on my way out. Cute.
Now we'll get to the food. I went for the roasted pumpkin foccacia with fetta, grilled field mushrooms, sweet pepperbelle pesto & rocket. That sweet pepperbelle pesto was a pleasant surprise – a surprise because I didn't look at the menu so didn't know exactly what was on the focaccia apart from the fetta and pumpkin that I could see in the cabinet, and pleasant because it really gave the flavours a lift and differentiated this particular foccacia from one I could've bought elsewhere. It also had a bit of a kick to it too so by the end my mouth was quite fiery – although I am a bit of a spice wimp – many people probably wouldn't even consider it spicy. The other thing I liked was that the pumpkin was in big chunks, and they didn't skimp on it. Some chunks still had their skin on which didn't bother me but might bother some I guess.
My dining associate ordered the roasted chicken breast ciabatta with semi-dried tomatoes, bocconcini, whole-egg mayo & rocket. I only beggared a small bite but it was pretty good from what I tasted and he enjoyed it. What stood out to me with both were the clean, crisp flavours and that while everything was filling and delicious it also felt quite healthy. It's always pleasant when you realise that not everything that tastes good is bad for you.
The food was slightly more expensive than what I'd usually pay considering I was meeting someone on their lunch-break for a quick bite but the meal was satisfying. And like I said at the start, the coffee is always bloody good, and it certainly didn't disappoint today. Next time I'll know that the food can hold up its end of the deal and I look forward to trying something else.