Le petit Felix – Perfected Mediterranean Cuisine
Mister Hoppenstedt has much more to offer than just the reputation behind his name. He is a wholehearted host – with precision, class and authenticity. After having worked his way up from Hamburg to Berlin through 'Atlantik', 'Vier Jahreszeiten' and 'Haerlin', the 'sommelier of the year' finally arrived at le petit Felix in Berlin in February. Designed by Anna Maria Jagdfeld with an elegant, yet calm touch, le petit Felix now has yet another asset to offer.
Our evening starts off with off with 'Ox Cheeks, Sweet Potato Purée and Red Cabbage Jus'. Admittedly, I did not expect the first course to be that good, that creamy and tender, paving the way for six equally great courses to follow. We continue with lobster tail on a tartlet of cauliflower purée and jellied herbs, followed by a cannelloni filled with red king crab ragout. Both absolutely fantastic. We sip on our glasses and start to relax.
The fish is served on a bed of hyacinth, enriching the cod served alongside baby asparagus, carrot purée and a foam of shellfish with their natural fragrance. The meat course presented itself with the back and joint of kid alongside plum, potato and a dark, juicy reduction, as well as chateaubriand with chips and pepper sauce - needless to say both were amazing!
The dessert is a highlight, not only taste-wise: lavender ice cream, candied carrot, orange mousse and a foam of pistachio – all mystified by a mist of dry ice used to prepare this eye candy. And just when we were feeling like little children in a candy store, we got equally excited yet another time about the second dessert: Saint Maure tarte, honey ice cream, almond and berries. It was poetry!
Constant little stop-bys by chef Hoppenstedt himself, serving delicious little sips of carefully selected wines, culminating in a final offer of his self-distilled 'Mild Hoppenstedt'. So he does that too! 'Good guy', says one, 'We're definitely coming back', responds the other.