Firehouse Café (Ringwood) 7.5/10

Hi howdy hello fellow café lovers!

IMG_2022Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! After chatting to my friend Beth on one of our previous breakfast outings, she told me that her parents went to this café and they really enjoyed it. So we thought that we’d check it out and see what all the fuss was about.

We went one Thursday on a cold and wet Melbourne morning. We thought that it was very easy to find as it sits on Maroondah highway and is very close to Eastland shopping centre. Parking was a little more difficult, but managed to find one down one of the side streets. Bare in mind these parking spots are in either one or two parking zones, so make sure you watch the time as I’m sure you don’t want a parking fine to spoil your outing.

FOOD & DRINKS 

Unfortunately we arrived just after the designated breakfast time and ended up ordering off the brunch/lunch menu. We both thought that they offered a number of tasty meals, one that even the fussiest of eater would enjoy.

The following photo was taken in June 2016 and might have changed since then.

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The Firehouse Cafe Menu (June 2016)

I ordered a latte as I usually do when I go out to cafés. As it was a very chilly day I was looking forward to a hot coffee to warm me up. I wasn’t disappointed as the coffee arrived at the table soon after ordering and it was nice and hot. The flavours were ok, it was an average tasting coffee, it wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t amazing either.

Coffee rating: 3/5    3 out of 5

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Latte ($4.00)

Beth ended up ordering the gingerbread shake. She thought that this sounded amazing, as she’d never heard of having these flavours in a milkshake before.

She thought that the serving size was very generous, but was slightly disappointed that the gingerbread flavour wasn’t stronger.

Milkshake rating: 3/5    3 out of 5

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Gingerbread Shake ($6.50)

Beth ordered The Firehouse P&B, which was poached eggs, bacon, chive fromage, hash browns and hollandaise on ciabatta toast.

She thought that the dish was delicious and was the perfect meal to keep her happy and full on that cold Melbourne morning/afternoon. Beth said that the eggs were cooked really well and the yolks ran across the plate as she cut into them. Just like me, Beth loves having her egg yolks runny and thinks that they add an extra flavour to the whole dish. With that she was able to dip her hash browns into the yolk, which helped to add an extra richness to the hash browns.

She though that the hash browns were great! They had an increasable crunch on the outside and were soft and fluffy on the inside. She felt that the addition of chives was fantastic! She thought that they added a freshness of the dish and helped to relief some of the richness from the hollandaise sauce.

Overall she really enjoyed the dish and felt that every element on the plate went perfectly together. She said that she would have this dish again would recommend it to others that enjoy a good poached egg and hash brown.

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The Firehouse P&B – poached eggs, bacon, chive fromage, hash browns and hollandaise on ciabatta toast ($19.00)

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I ordered the carrot cake hotcake, which was served with lemon mascarpone, pecan praline and blueberry compote. When I first saw the menu this was the first thing that caught my eye as I love carrot cake and I was intrigued to see what it would taste like in a hotcake form.

I wasn’t disappointed, as it tasted amazing! I loved that the hotcake was slightly crunchy on the outside, but soft and airy on the inside. It had the beautiful colour that a carrot cake normally has and it smelt amazing! It smelt like freshly cooked carrot cake, the kind that you’ve just taken out the oven and you’re waiting for it to cool before you can dig in. But the good new with this hotcake cake is that you don’t have to wait you can dig in straight away!

The lemon mascarpone was very tasty and helped to breakup some of the sweetness that the hotcake had. The blueberry compote was fantastic and added another depth of flavour to the dish. Even though the pecan praline tasted nice, it was very difficult to cut and eat.

Over all I really enjoyed this meal, it was very rich and I ended up struggling to finish. But I would definitely eat it again and would recommend it to people who love a good hotcake or who love carrot cake.

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Carrot cake hotcake with lemon mascarpone, pecan praline and blueberry compote ($18.00)

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ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

IMG_2015We both loved the old firehouse garage door that the café still had, we felt that it gave this place such character and made it different to other cafés we’d been to in the past. It was also nice and warm inside the café and made it feel so cosy that we didn’t wan to leave.

We realised that they are also open for dinner and said that we should come back and try it sometime. Sorry I couldn’t get a photo of that menu, but I’ve left a like to their website so you can have a look at it on there.

The Firehouse Café also have quite a number of tables, but I assume closer to dinner time they can get quite busy, so either get there early or maybe call them up and see if you can book a table.

We thought that the staff members were all really friendly and made us feel welcome.

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OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE FIREHOUSE CAFÉ

Address: 253-257 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, Melbourne, (Vic)

Map: here

Phone: (03) 9876 8100

Website: here

Operating Hours: 

Monday – Wednesday – 8:00am – 10:00pm

Thursday – Saturday – 8:00am -11:00pm

Sunday – 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

 The Firehouse info

CAFÉ RATING = 7.5/10 

Have you visited Firehouse Café before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?

Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.

Until next time,

Happy eating

– Kim

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