249-263 Great Eastern Hwy, Belmont
Ph: (08) 9478 0888
Country Comfort at The Firehouse Restaurant
The Firehouse Restaurant at the Country Comfort Inter City Motel on the corner of Great Eastern Highway and Hardy Road has undergone extensive renovations during the last half of 2011. As well as new furniture, lighting and curtains in the dining room, the kitchen has also been completely refurbished and is now much more efficiently laid out – making it a far more pleasant place to work and a more usable area for preparing meals.
Being close to the domestic Airport means the venue gets a lot of tourists and travellers, as well as the Saturday race crowd, local residents and corporate diners, and convention guests. The menu changes seasonally to make best use of the fresh produce available. They have two gardens by the restaurant where they grow all their own fresh herbs, and some vegetables. Some nights are themed – Tuesday is chilli mussel night; on Fridays there is beer and schnitzel specials, and Saturday is pizza night.
We enjoyed a leisurely mid-week lunch at The Firehouse – starting with a delicious caramelized leek and goat’s cheese tart, served with artichoke and radish salad, drizzled with herb dressing, which was well matched with a glass of The Riddle Riesling 2009 from South Australia.
Our second entree was one of my all-time favourites – ‘Firehouse Thai beef salad’ with fried bean vermicelli noodles, accompanied by a glass of Moondah Brook 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Swan Valley in Western Australia. The beef was tender and delicious, the salad crisp and full of interesting flavours.
Next came the main courses – first we had ‘Pork King Henry’ on crushed potatoes with an apple chutney and thyme jus, and a glass of Ta-Ku 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, which had subtle overtones of passionfruit, and went very well with the pork.
Then out came our second main course – a very tasty ‘Beef massaman curry’ which was served with mango chutney, coriander yoghurt and a huge, truly delicious pappadam. This was matched with Amberley’s Secret Lane 2009 Sauvignon Blanc from Margaret River.
We rounded off our meal with the scrumptious ‘Pear and date brioche pudding’ with vanilla anglaise and chocolate sorbet, accompanied by a small glass of Castle Rock Muscat Liqueur from the Swan Valley WA. This was a delectable dessert, where all the different elements came together to make a fabulous combination.
So if you’re ever looking for somewhere in the Belmont area where you can get good quality food at a reasonable price, the Firehouse is a very good option. There’s plenty of parking spaces available within the Motel’s walls, just turn in to the Hardy Road entrance, and the restaurant is right there.
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