In my visit to Melbourne earlier this month, I caught up with some old high school friends for dinner at Henry and the Fox. I’d seen some good reviews and was keen to try the restaurant in my short visit.
We made a reservation for the Friday night, though we probably didn’t need the reservation. With its location in the centre of the business district in Melbourne CBD, it is busiest for business lunches and quieter for dinner after working hours. The restaurant wasn’t full at any point when we were there, which actually made for a really nice, laid-back and relaxed atmosphere.
We ordered a variety of dishes. We started with a fried zucchini flower each – they were done really well with a great cheesy filling and a light batter. I followed it with the blue swimmer crab spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and chilli basil. This dish was actually a lot more substantial than the other mains ordered (pork belly, trout, etc.), so much so that I couldn’t finish the dish. If there was 25% less pasta and 25% more crab, the ratio would have been better, and the dish probably tastier as well. To finish, I had the quince dessert with quince, pear, custard, coconut crumble and coconut ice-cream. This was a really great dish, as the freshness of the fruit went well with the crisper texture of the coconut crumble and the smoothness and richness of the ice-cream and custard.
The atmosphere and decor of Henry and the Fox was quite laid-back and relatively informal. Light colours dominated the room, adding to the airiness of the setting. The service was attentive, without being overbearing. There was a large group in the restaurant, and they added to the convivial atmosphere.
Main meal ratios aside, I really had a nice dinner at Henry and the Fox and would rate the experience a 8 out of 10.