Friday, February 15, 2013

Firehouse Restaurant and Lounge - Melbourne


Firehouse Restaurant and Lounge - Melbourne
923 E New Haven Ave.
Melbourne, Fl 32901
321.327.7919
http://www.thefirehouserestaurantandlounge.com/

Recently, we were in downtown Melbourne and decided to give Firehouse Restaurant a try. This was my first time dining at the restaurant. I'll be honest, I was a bit sceptical as I've heard a few mixed reviews regarding the restaurant's service.  I am happy to report, however, that I was pleasantly surprised. The food was very good and the service on that night was 100% excellent.

The ambiance at Firehouse was a little different then I had imagined for a steakhouse.  We showed up at 6:30 pm on a Saturday with no reservations.  We had no problem getting a table.  That is usually a bad sign to me, but I was proven wrong.  When you walk in, it initially looks more like a bar then a restaurant. However, if you proceed through the bar the restaurant is in the back. It is a small area with tables.  

We were promptly attended to when seated.  The waiter offered to let us sample the house beers free of charge. That was a very nice touch.  For wine, I ordered a Gnarley Head Merlot.  The pour was a nice size. 

We started out with the calamari. It was very nicely prepared and tasty.  However, I felt the calamari and its sauce were both quite under seasoned.  Bread was brought out as well with a red pepper spread.  The bread was good.  However, the red pepper spread was the one thing I ate at Firehouse that I did not like whatsoever.  It tasted like it was made with margarine and for me personally I cannot stand the taste of margarine.  I always use real butter.   

My dining companion had the house salad.  I didn't order the house salad, but I took several bites of it (actually - I kind of took it over).  I loved it.  I mean I REALLY loved it.  The dressing was so flavorful.  I can't completely describe it, but it almost tasted to me like homemade thousand island mixed with a balsamic glaze.  I ordered the wedge salad. It was very good.

For entrees, I ordered the fillet and crab legs.  It was prepared nicely and for $38 for the entree, I felt it was a good value.  My dining companion had the fillet with crab oscar topping.  It was also very good.  The two of us shared a side dish of the creamed spinach with pancetta.  The creamed spinach was absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend ordering it. 

The total for our meal plus 2 glasses of wine was $92 without tip.  

I enjoyed Firehouse and I look forward to going back again soon.


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