I can’t help it. I just can’t. I smile like a love struck fool whenever I see a new restaurant. And last December, I saw Fireside. I was really curious and wanted to check the place out but my favorite Dragon Lady and two Rs wanted to visit Linguini Fini then. Three weeks later, I made it happen.
I guess I wasn’t too observant when I went in as I was surprised to see that Fireside is owned by Kettle, the maker of “Manila’s best buttermilk fried chicken” or so what most foodies claim. And since I was in a hurry and was quite hungry too, we decided to go for the following: Grilled Chop House (PHP189, bowl | PHP389, platter), Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders (PHP489), Steak BLT (PHP389) and Homemade S’mores (PHP139).
First served was our salad.
The buttermilk fried chicken tenders dish was basically the chicken tenders version of the well-loved buttermilk fried chicken of Kettle’s. And it’s great too! The breading was flavored well. The cornbread doughnuts were great too! I loved dipping the chicken in honey than gravy though.
The sandwich was pretty big and good for sharing. The meat was juicy and quite flavorful too. I had to remove the bread though as it was starting to get heavy after eating salad and fried chicken.
As for the dessert…
Presentation wasn’t that impressive and after enjoying a pan of Refinery’s baked s’mores, my expectation was a bit high. Fireside’s version was so-so for me as the chocolate was a bit pudding-like and it sure was messy to eat this dish. But the marshmallows had me at gooey.
Overall, it was a good dinner. I’ll be back to try the other sandwiches.
Fireside is located at 3rd Floor, SM Megamall Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City.