For a fancy lunch, we headed to Firedoor in Surry Hills, ready to try their daily menu with dishes cooked up in their giant woodfire oven!
To drink, we decided to go with the Tropical mocktail, a refreshing blend of summer fruit juices, and a Kombucha, which is a brewed and fermented tea. While it’s definitely a rare and unique taste, it grew on us with each sip, and we were so satisfied with our choice of drink!
Firedoor does a daily menu based on seasonal produce and the different types of wood available. It’s also designed for sharing, as each dish is brought out individually. We found the portions of each dish were enough for two people to share, but by ordering a few dishes the food could be suitable for large groups as well.
We started off with some wood-fired bread, served with both butter and oil. The bread was a crusty sourdough style loaf with a soft middle, and there were two large pieces, so it was great for sharing.
We then had the school of prawns which was served with garlic shoots. This was the highlight of the meal for us, as it was nicely seasoned with a bit of spice and great smoky flavours, and the greens were served al dente, which was amazing! They even provide a moist towel to clean your hands afterwards, and clear your share plates after every course to cater for messy dishes.
The next dish we had was baby squid with celery, macadamia and ink. The squid was very tender and well flavoured by the ink, and once again, the smoky grilled flavour shone through. While I personally don’t like celery, my dining partner thought the celery was light and refreshing as well, and a nice accompaniment to the dish.
Our main for the day was the jurassic quail, with toasted spelt and rhubarb three ways. The quail was nicely cooked and a filling portion, but the real star was the rhubarb, as the boiled, grilled and puree options were so sweet and tender, and a really great aspect of the dish.
Finally, we finished off the meal with the grilled berries and smoked milk ice-cream, with a lemon cake as well. It quickly launched into one of my top 10 favourite desserts – the smoky aftertaste of the creamy ice-cream complemented the strawberry sorbet and juicy grilled berries perfectly, and each mouthful was bursting with textures and flavours.
Firedoor’s entrance is unassuming, but the interior is lovely and spacious, with a few tables for couples and small groups, and communal and group tables as well. The giant woodfire oven takes up a significant portion of the open kitchen, and it’s fascinating to watch the chefs at work.
It did take some time for the staff to take our initial drinks and food order, but once this was done, each course came out very quickly and efficiently, and the plates were cleared promptly as well. The staff were warm and friendly, and we had a lovely sense of their hospitality throughout our dining experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed our entire dining experience at Firedoor, and it was an enchanting meal from start to finish. While the menu frequently changes, the must haves are the prawns and the grilled berries and ice-cream, but you can’t go wrong with any of their amazing dishes. Give them a try, and let us know what you think!