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The Firehouse Smokery & Bar

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 23rd 2022
Eat without the lights and sirens

What better name for a restaurant whose premises are an ex-fire station.

Firehouse exterior.
Looks inviting, day or night.

There were eight in our group including two young ones. I was puzzled why six of them were pointing their phones at a Q code on the table. It was to see the menu. The waiter offered the dinosaur (me) a paper menu, but I was one ahead of everyone as I had previously checked the menu on their website and knew what I wanted.

Q code menu.
The menu is in there somewhere.

That was a pulled pork bun with sweet and sour slaw, chime churri, fries and a brioche bun. It was delicious.

Pulled Pork bun
Pulled pork bun - delicious.

After consulting their phone, the others ordered. The pitmaster tray looked appetising. It was a trio of house-smoked meats, pickles, slaw and a damper bun.

Pitmaster tray.
Pitmaster tray, a meat lovers delight.

Something different was a half cheeseburger, cauliflower salad and fries. I didn't fancy the cauliflower salad, but the diner said it was very tasty.

Cheese burger & cauliflower salad.
Half cheese burger & cauliflower salad.

Another ordered a great southern porterhouse steak with cut fries and salad. Two others ordered the minute steak. A thin steak topped with a fried egg and fries.

Porterhouse steak
Great southern porterhouse steak.

Dining group.
Our group sans me.

The main dining area would be big enough to house two fire engines, which it used to. To each side of the main dining area were alcoves, which gave an almost private dining experience. We were seated in such an area. When we arrived at our table, music from a nearby speaker made conversation a little difficult. A polite request to our waiter and it was reduced to a nice background volume.

Restaurant interior
Looking through to main area.

Dining alcove.
Almost a private room.

A well-stocked bar was at the end of the main area with a good range of bottled wine.

Well stocked.

Another view.

wine rack
One for every taste.

Another bar catered for those dining in a back room.

Back room bar.

The decorations around the area reflected the station's past. An old-fashioned telephone was of particular interest.

Vintage telephone.
I wonder what the reception was like.

Other artefacts were a framed fireman's jacket, a fire alarm and a metal MFB helmet.

Fire memorabilia.
Fire station memorabilia.

I was the only one to order dessert. A passion fruit and lemon curd pavlova and cronut. I must say that it didn't look all that inviting, but boy, did it taste good.

My delicious desert.

We all left well sated and enjoyed the ambience and perhaps a burning desire to return.
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Why? The place for a good feed.
When: Wednesday to Sunday 12.00pm to late.
Phone: 8820-6253
Where: 253-257 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood.
Cost: As per menu.
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