The Firehouse – Melbourne

Housed in what used to be the Ringwood fire station on Maroondah Highway, the Firehouse has been on the list of must tries for a while now.


With RD and BD, J and I were seated in what I think is the main room. We were there at 11am on a Saturday and it was a lot quieter than I expected. I guess we had missed the breakfast crowd, and it was too early for the lunch crowd.

It was coffees all around, except for me. I had an OJ and a pot of Jasmine tea.

RD and BD both had the Firehouse p&b (two poached eggs, double smoked bacon, chive fromage, hash brown & hollandaise sauce on sourdough).

The serving size looked smaller than expected, but was declared to be more than enough. BD especially liked the bacon, which he shared with J and I. It had so much flavour and the smokiness was not overpowering. It was how bacon should be, not like the plastic stuff you get at the supermarket.


I had the croque madam which is the croque monsieur (butter roasted ham, Gruyere, béchamel sauce and Dijon mustard sandwich) but with a fried egg on top.

It was a beautiful gooey tasty mess.


J had two poached eggs with buttered toast, and he added a side of charred pork sausages.

The eggs were on the small size but perfectly cooked and going on the colour of the yolk, of a good quality. It seems pork is a winner at The Firehosue as J noted that the sausages were particularly good.


We all enjoyed the food, and the service was friendly and efficient as well, we never lacked for drinks.


The only small gripe would be the price. It is more expensive than other cafes. The p&b was $19, the croque madame was $16.50 and J’s eggs and sausages totalled $15. Definitely not a cheap breakfast, but there is not much competition in the outer Eastern ‘burbs and from what I have seen reading other reviews and online menus the prices seem to match other cafes in the area.


The quality of the food was great and I would still go back if I didn’t feel like travelling to other options in the inner East or North.

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One Response to “The Firehouse – Melbourne”

  1. CheezyK says:

    We were regulars at The Firehouse when it first opened but over the first year or so the menu just got weirder and weirder … to the point where we walked there one night for dessert and couldn’t even pick something off the dessert menu … and we finally stopped going. Given how high the prices were (and still are by the look of it) it was just too hard to justify a meal that you couldn’t even be sure you’d like!

    Looks like the breaky menu at least has improved since then … maybe it’s worth another try.

    That said, I’ll always have a soft spot for it because it was ‘my idea’ … as in when the old station first went on the market I desperately wanted to buy it and convert it into a flat and cafe … a few years later it was renovated and opened as The Firehouse.

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