Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Telephone Number: (02) 801-84-57
Admittedly, this "new" restaurant at Power Plant Mall isn't the first of its kind. Fireside by Kettle debuted at the SM Mega Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong City, where it's only a few blocks away from its sister restaurant Kettle (located in Shangri-la Plaza Mall). Since Kettle is already well-known among foodies for its strong lineup, it's no surprise that Fireside managed to generate buzz as soon as it opened.
Apparently, the buzz worked, because the creative team behind Fireside managed to open yet another branch inside the upscale Rockwell Center. And that branch is what we'll cover in this review, which will give a glimpse into how the restaurant manages to live up to expectations.
If you're coming from inside the mall, Fireside shouldn't be too hard to find. Just find the corner near the Kenneth Cole Shop, walk along it until you see Café Via Mare, find the exit and walk right until you see the restaurant with the logo above.
Unlike the branch at SM Mega Fashion Hall, this one is slightly smaller. If you will dine here on a weekday, make sure you arrive as early as possible. Otherwise, seats will fill up fast!
Also, as you can see from the picture above, Fireside uses logs as part of its "home-cooked goodness" design motif. You can see more of these inside the place itself.
For this review, we ordered one Fireside Chorizo Burger (Php 399), one Fireside Homemade Doughnuts (Php239) and one Ripe Mango Banana Shake (Php179).
Fortunately, the burger is a filling meal on its own. The patty is juicy, the lettuce is fresh and the rest of the ingredients cap off this wonderful culinary concoction. The only complaint we have is that the patty is a little too burnt, but it doesn't significantly affect how much we enjoyed this piece.
As for the donuts, it's a different story.
Lastly, we have the mango banana shake.
As far as our visit went, Fireside didn't open at 11 AM sharp. But when we asked the servers if the restaurant was already open, we were ushered inside.
The first to get served was the Ripe Mango Banana Shake. The Chorizo Burger took a little longer, probably about 30 minutes after the shake was served. Finally, when we were done with the burger, the donuts were served shortly afterwards.
Individually, the servers differed in their approach to customers. Some were more attentive and friendlier than others. One female server was all smiles all the time, while another didn't attend to you unless you called her attention. You could say the service is a mixed bag, at best.
Since the restaurant was relatively small, the staff have to constantly find ways to maximize their space, given that they attract more customers than the place can handle. For example, as soon as they get a couple of empty seats in one corner, they transfer it to another place where it's needed. We admire their resourcefulness, but feel that the management could do better.
Finally, we have the service charge. According to our official receipt, we needed to shell out an additional Php72.96, which is between 8 to 9 percent of the original price. We're not sure how they arrived at this particular SC rate, but this seems to be true for every Power Plant Mall restaurant.
Overall, we felt that the meals were worth the price. They're rich and filling enough to be shared with someone else, which was probably the point. The service could've been better, but otherwise the staff have never been outright rude to us. For Fireside, we grant a total rating of 8.5/10.