Fireside by Kettle in SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall is Kettle’s brand new sister restaurant. Fireside by Kettle focuses more on the grill with their aromatic wood chips and injects more Asian leaning flavors in their dishes.
Upon entering Fireside, you’ll be surprised with the spacious and cavernous space, way different than the cramped but cozy digs in Kettle. The place is so big that they even have a function room of sorts for big groups and parties. They even have couches for some tables with different wall decor on each side. I much prefer the right side with shiny tiles and quirky upholstery.
I’ve eaten in Kettle more times than I can count in the last year and have practically memorized the menu. My daughter loves the buttermilk fried chicken and clam chowder (the only one I’ve seen her drink). I was practically jumping for joy at the news that Chef Chiloy Santos has created a brand new menu for Fireside.
I was visiting Fireside with my KTG foodie buddies to try more after my initial sneak taste before they opened to the public.
We started with a cup of Sweet Corn Cappuccino (P129). Served in a red and yellow coffee cup with the rim coated with popcorn salt. Slowly sip on the rim and taste the salt as the light sweet corn taste flows through then the hint of lemongrass lingers at the end.
We sampled three different salads (the best thing about eating with a big group), the Fireside Steak salad (P469), Grilled Chop House (P189/bowl, P389/platter) and the Asian Shrimp Salad (P299). The stunner was the steak salad with a tower of onion and zucchini strings beside char grilled romaine lettuce, you might even miss the slices of top blade steak on the side. The steak salad is something you can eat as a meal in itself, smoky meat and veggies with lots of satisfying crunchy textures. The Asian shrimp salad is our favorite, reminiscent of a Thai salad with its refreshing and textured vegetables drizzled with a lime fish sauce dressing.
A perfect appetizer for a group to nibble on is the Truffled Potato Chips (P199). Thinly sliced potato drizzled with bleu cheese sauce and green onions. I would have skipped the truffle in this one and added more bleu cheese sauce. Chef Chiloy really likes to pile things up in a tower.
Sweet Spicy Salty Wings (P249/3 pcs., P409/5 pcs.) really took Irene and me by surprise. It looked really simple but has a nice shiny glaze. One bite and we need this rendition of chicken wings has rocketed up our chart of favorites.
We started with a light main course, the Grilled Halibut (P399). Nice char grilled flavor served with a bacon vinaigrette so it’s not totally light with a quinoa veggie salad underneath it. I would not mind eating this because I love the quinoa salad as well as halibut.
Kettle’s famed buttermilk chicken makes an appearance by way of the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Fingers (P489). Giant chicken fingers spiced with a Cajun Ritz cracker breading for a blend of sweet and spicy. Cornbread doughnuts are partnered with the fingers and no one would mind if you attack those addicting globes before you even touch the chicken. You can even order some more Cornbread Doughnuts (P89) on the side. While you may want to compare this to Kettle, it’s different yet similar, both comforting and satisfying.
Next up was the 50/50 Meatloaf (P389). Two thick slices of meatloaf that is made from 50% ground Angus beef and 50% BACON. Cut through it and you’ll see the little red cubes of bacon. The best meatloaf I’ve ever had so far and my surprise favorite at Fireside.
If you love lamb then you’d better order the Grilled Australian Lamb Ribs (P719). Meat and a layer of fat, both smoky and tender on a bed of potatoes. They served it with a bright green mint sauce and a more subdued mint gravy.
Other mains we tried was the Double Cut Pork Chop (P519), brined overnight in honey cider. They cook it to perfection, meaty and tender you would not believe it was a local pork. The Apricot Chipotle Glazed Ribs (P889/full) is a nice contrast of sweet and spicy that makes you want to lick your fingers after eating.
They’ve got a few cakes in the display like this Chocolate Honey Comb Mousse Cake (P189) and the Coconut Checked Cake (P189).
Kids will get a kick out of playing with their food when the Fireside Home Made Doughnuts (P189). It is served with three squeeze bottles filled with salted caramel, chocolate and raspberry sauces. You can squeeze whichever you like in the quantity you so desire. The doughnuts are a little too dense for me but you can not deny it’s fun.
Fireside by Kettle is a nice addition to the restaurant row of SM Fashion Hall. They bring with them loads of comfort goodness that will make you eat a little bit too much than you intend and that is a good thing because there is plenty to enjoy. I’m sure I’ll be back again and again as Lauren has totally fallen for the corn bread doughnuts.
Fireside by Kettle3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave.,
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City,
Metro Manila Contact No.: (632) 532-1807
Facebook Page: Fireside by Kettle
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