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.