Friday, December 9, 2011
Fire & Stone @ Firle
This is one of my Living Social voucher dining experience! Fantastic way to try new places, if it's bad at least I didn't pay too much. This one was a bit of a journey as we live in the Southern Suburbs so the thought of going all the way to Firle played a huge part in my procrastination until one day we discovered the voucher was expiring next week! The Living Social voucher was for four people including a bottle of wine, four tapas entrees, 2 large pizzas and 1 dessert pizza. Got in touch with a couple of friends and off we went.
Fire and Stone is a small-ish restaurant which also does takeaway. They boast their traditional wood oven pizzas which I must admit are pretty impressive. The ingredients are fresh and flavourful so I would imagine they have put thought into sourcing top grade ingredients. The staff are very casual and it's a very casual restaurant. A great place to just hang out and eat pizzas with some good friends.
|Dips and pita bread|
We started off with some Dips with pita bread. It was a very generous serving or pita bread paired with three beautiful dips - Tzatiki dip, tuna dip, roast capsicum and semi-dried tomato dip. Next came the other three tapas of Aranchini Balls, Pallini and Salt and Pepper Squid. Aranchini balls are Italian rice balls with filling then crumbed and deep fried. Theirs had bacon, mozzarella, sauteed onions and porcini mushrooms filling. It was served with a Napolitana Sauce and shaved parmesan. They were well cooked and the cheese was gooey inside but it lacked a little bit of flavour.
Pallini - Traditional Italian meatballs topped with Bolognese sauce and shaved parmesan.
I quite liked the meatballs but then again, I'm a fan of most meatballs. The tangy bolognese sauce was a tad overpowering in comparison to the meatball.
Their Salt and Pepper Squid was fresh and crisp served with sweet chilli sauce.
|Salt & Pepper Squid|
Time for the mains! I was getting excited as I love wood-oven pizzas. We went for a traditional pizza - The Yankee Doodle: Napolitana sauce, mozzarella, San Jose shoulder ham, double smoked bacon, mushroom & olives. Behold, thin crusts!!!!! I like it already. It was crisp and tasty with that hint of smokey flavour from the wood oven. The toppings and sauce were well balanced. It was a good pizza.
|The Yankee Doodle|
Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, out came The Big Bug. It was a gourmet pizza selection with Napolitana sauce, mozzarella, green harissa, Morton Bay bugs, organic Australian prawns sauteed in Asian spices, topped with rocket and a lemon,lime, orange dressing. The bugs and prawns were very fresh and that dressing was to die for. Absolutely loved it. The tangy sweet dressing took the bitterness of the rocket away, no kidding. I'm not a huge fan of rocket and when I saw the pile of it as the pizza was served I was a bit skeptical. Amazing combination.
|The Big Bug|
We were pretty full by this stage but we just had to try the dessert pizza. Along came the
Banana Caramel - Pizza base spread with vanilla custard & caramel with fresh banana topped with icing sugar and vanilla gelati.
|Banana caramel dessert pizza|
It was a great night with good food and good company. Next time I'm in the area I might grab a pizza for the ride home.
Fire & Stone
Shop 2/139 Glynburn Road