169 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East- (03) 9831 1700
We headed to Fire Chief on a Saturday night for a pre-movie dinner. A recommendation for this place is to book, as we’ve been turned away on Saturday’s before. Fortunately this time we had booked and managed to get nice table at the front overlooking the street.
We started with a couple of drinks, Mike a Birra Moretti beer and me a glass of Pinot Noir (sorry, I forgot to grab which one, but it tasted ok).
Fire Chief is primarily a pizzeria, but also does the usual pasta and steak type fare. We had been there once before and I noticed the menu seemed smaller but actually looked better and more on target. What is now missing from the menu is GF options; they do offer them, eg. GF pizza base, however you will need to ask. They have a good range of vegetarian options as well a few “healthier” options if that’s what you’re after.
Both Mike and I ordered pizzas and then spent the next 20 mins trying to get our water glasses filled. Service is a little flaky at Fire Chief and it sometimes felt like the wait staff were purposely trying to avoid eye contact.
When our pizzas came I was immediately jealous of Mike’s order. Besides the fact that his base looked a thousand times better (I’m not complaining about my base, as always happy with any GF option), the simplicity of it was appealing.
I ordered the Crudo Pizza with a GF base. It took me a while to land on this option and truthfully I don’t think the prosciutto worked terribly well with the goat’s cheese. It also had way too much topping on it and I felt quite full pretty early on.
Mike’s pizza on the other hand was the Margheritta DOP, tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil. It looked amazing and got the thumbs up from Mike.
Fire Engine has a nice relaxed feel, definitely aimed at families and pre-movie meals. Food comes out in a reasonable time (up to 20 mins), prices are standard for what Melbourne now charges for Pizza and the like (i.e. around $20 a pizza) and although service isn’t the best, it’s still a good option for a relaxed meal with friends and family.