Friday, 16 August 2013

The Firehouse

Housed in the old Ringwood Fire Station, The Firehouse restaurant is a must for special occasions in the outer eastern suburbs. It is featured in The Age’s Good Food Guide, with a 13 out of 20 score for 2013. It is a lusciously candlelit eatery where material napkins are placed on your lap on arrival. Quite a large restaurant, it comprises of a main dining room, with a number of adjoining, more intimate rooms. We went on a Thursday night and ended up in one of the smaller rooms, and by the end of the night the place was quite full. The menu showed a range of rustic dishes with a variety of tastes catered for, including vegetarians. I opted for one of the vegetarian dishes. Lasagne of slow roasted tomato, red pesto and nettle béchamel with gruyere cheese, and a drizzle of truffle oil ($27.00). This was rich and hearty and different from your usual vegetarian lasagne. I enjoyed the bitterness of the nettle and the crunch from the pine nuts but the tomatoes on the bottom layer probably would have been better without their skins.  


My friend chose the Burger ($26.00). Served on a brioche bun, the burger consisted of a Wagyu/Angus beef patty (cooked medium) with lettuce, caramelised onion, bacon, beetroot relish, tomato, vintage cheddar cheese and smoky BBQ sauce. This was accompanied by a bag full of triple cooked chips. My friend had already started eating the chips before I could take a photo so you will just have to imagine that they came in a paper bag... The burger was tasty but the chips were nothing special. I managed to sneak a couple off his plate but didn’t go back for more.  

Even though we were thoroughly sated by our main courses, we decided to have a look at the dessert menu. The Hot pan baked quince galette with wild blackberry ice-cream ($15.00) sounded interesting but in the end we decided to share the Hot pan roasted couverture chocolate brownie with Spanish salted caramel ice-cream ($15.00).
Chocolate Brownie
The brownie is served in the small pan it is baked in. Maybe we should have chosen the quince galette because this brownie was like concrete. It was definitely overcooked, perhaps during the reheating process. However, some forceful blows with our spoons managed to dislodge the brownie into bite-size chunks. Maybe some nuts would have added a bit of interest to the brownie and the ice-cream was rather dull. Definitely not worth $15 or even $5 really... Anyway, the service overall was efficient and friendly, but if you decide to come here for your special night out, maybe skip dessert...

Address: 253 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, VIC.

Phone: 03 9876 8100

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