CHEF Felicity Evans has quite the following in Mandurah, not that she knew anything about it.
The former Cobblers head chef opens her first restaurant tomorrow.
Called Flics, it will focus on modern social dining.
Felicity didn’t want to name it after herself.
“But apparently everyone knows who I am and I have quite a big following,” she said.
“Not that I was aware of it.
“I like to stay in the kitchen and hide away, that’s my happy place, I’m quite a shy person.”
Felicity and Baz (Barry, pictured) used to work at old Cobblers together.
“I went travelling when Cobblers’ shut and came back to work there when it reopened,” she said.
Felicity said she is trying to “do something different.”
Unlike other restaurants in the area, Flics didn’t take much time to open.
“The food will be really produce driven,” she said.
“The dream was to not have to answer to anyone and have complete creative freedom.
“We are trying to do something different we’re not interested in doing what someone else is doing.”
That said, Felicity said there is nothing shocking on the menu. Rather it is focused on precision cooking and technique.
The duck is Felicity’s favourite dish and the aim will be to have some of the produce come from their own kitchen garden.
“We have a kitchen garden out the back growing our own herbs, heirloom vegetables and edible flowers, that sort of stuff,” she said.
“People can walk out there and see what they’re going to eat.
“It’s also great for apprentices to learn where their food comes from – you don’t just pick up the phone and place an order.”
Felicity shares ownership of the restaurant with Wayne Batson.
She said it took a great deal of time to handpick the booze on tap which includes craft beers, local ciders and is WA produced.
“We’ve tried to create an environment that is cool and edgy,” she said.
“We’ve got good staff who went through a huge amount of training.
“The building has been modernised and will be something different and new to Mandurah.”
Felicity said she wants to offer only the best experience to customers.
“From the beginning you can order a great cocktail, amazing food and then finish with a great cup of coffee,” she said.
Flics is at 3/16 Mandurah Terrace.