This weekend Ben and I treated ourselves to a dinner at Fire Food & Drink in Shaker Square. We have been to Fire many times since moving to the east side. In fact we celebrated our first wedding anniversary there almost five years ago.
Upon arriving at the restaurant we were seated in the private dining room in the back of the restaurant. The atmosphere was cozy and pretty quiet; the room was dark but tastefully decorated. There were two other parties in the room, but there was ample space between us.
We were served fresh bread (pugliese bread from the Stone Oven?) and some wonderful olive oil that was almost buttery tasting. Ben ordered the root vegetable soup, which he thought was good but not extraordinary. The fresh sour cream and swirls of chili oil on top were nice touches, though. For entrees, Ben ordered the Seafood Paella and I got the Coq au Vin. Ben’s was full of seafood, including some beautifully done sea scallops. Everything was full of flavor, including the rice. My Coq au Vin was okay: the chicken did not have very much flavor and came with only a few vegetables and two gnocchi.
For dessert we ordered the chocolate soufflé and the chocolate ganache bread pudding. The soufflé was great: it was molten in the center and the crème anglaise went well on top. Ben liked his bread pudding but wished there was more ganache. He particularly enjoyed the roasted banana ice cream that was served on top, which tasted like the same recipe he made from the book Chocolate Obsession.
Overall we enjoyed our dinner at Fire, but what made the night memorable was the service. Drinks were refilled continuously, empty dishes were removed promptly and everything was served on time to our table. We were impressed, and in our opinion the service was flawless.