Well-executed classic Italian cocktails and bespoke martinis – with complimentary daily antipasti
August 17th, 2016
Opened in November 2015, Osteria Felice (Italian for happy) has been well received as a convenient destination in Central for popular Italian osteria-style cuisine – think Neapolitan pizzas, pastas, specialty cheeses and grill dishes – and a well-stocked bar serving an impressive variety of classic Italian cocktails, wines, and daily antipasti. Relaxed dining in the restaurant is complemented by the adjacent cocktail lounge and bar where experienced bartenders specialise in Italian classics like martinis, bellinis, and negronis. Operated by the well-respected Epicurean Group, the focus at Osteria Felice is on classic Italian fare and cocktails served in a friendly and sociable environment. The daily themed Felice Hour (happy hour) promotions with attractive deals on drinks and complimentary antipasti draw a vibrant after-work crowd.
Design Facing onto the street at the ground level of Hutchinson House, the bar at Osteria Felice boasts a ceiling-high “honeycomb” partitioned back bar showcasing the impressive array of premium spirit bottles. Tastefully decorated with an understated contemporary sophistication, the lounge section is accessed up a few stairs to a raised level beyond the main bar, while the main dining room beyond provides seating for around 70 guests.The restrained decor palette of natural tones features herringbone patterned timber flooring, black marble tables, framed mirrors and subdued lighting.
Cocktails At the bar, the experienced bartenders serve up a polished cocktail list encompassing modern iterations of Italian classics and the house Special Cocktails. Contemporary mixology technique is deployed in drinks such as the Amber Kiss – with lavender-infused Mancino Bianco vermouth, Tanqueray No.10 gin, and apricot brandy. A bespoke concept for martinis encourages guests to construct their own martini – marrying a choice of gin, vermouth, tonic, and garnish. Another specialty at Osteria Felice is their seasonal fresh fruit bellinis – served by glass or jug (6 x serves), while 20+ wines by the glass and Italian beers provide additional choices.
Osteria Felice serves lunch and dinner daily from the a la carte menu – with special weekly lunch set menus offering excellent value (updated on the Facebook Page). The bar opens from 12pm – serving drinks until late. The generous Felice Hour (5pm – 8pm) includes not only daily themed buy-one-get-one-free cocktails or free-flow nights, but also the antipasti spread with fresh mozzarella, parma ham, and other traditional Italian bar snacks.