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Wood & Fire

6 Reviews
Modern
Phone Number 0123462261 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 9am to 10pm; Sunday 9am to 3pm

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Menu

Menu - Wood & Fire Menu -Updated June 2018

Details

Cost
R100 avg main meal
Food
Modern
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jacqueline Cochrane

Food

From the outside, Wood & Fire is so discreetly signposted you could easily miss it. That would be a mistake. This relative newcomer on Brooklyn Square is fast making a name for itself with its impressive cuisine. But if the branding is so subtle as to risk being overlooked, a confusingly indistinct food offering exacerbates the problem. Is it a steakhouse? A tapas spot? Should you go for the steamed buns… or the seafood?

The answer: All of the above. Innovative brunch and light dining offerings include the intriguing French toast option with berries, lemon and elderflower gel, white chocolate crumble and cream cheese ice cream, and three types of deliciously soft steamed buns. The seafood options are excellent, as are the steaks, ribs, oxtail and other offerings from the grill, which are cooked over fire and finished off in the Bertha – a charcoal oven that’s said to maximise flavour.

Yet it’s in the tapas department where Wood & Fire truly shows its mettle and offers exceptional value. The short rib is exquisitely stringy and explodes with flavour, the delicate sweetness of the glaze offset by a tangy coleslaw. Chicken livers usually aren’t much to look at, but in this incarnation, they arrive beautifully plated with flavour to match.

An unexpected underperformer is the pork belly. The miso caramel cream is witheringly sweet, the crackling ungainly and the spiced pickled apple gets lost – while the pork itself is colourless. It’s a tricky balancing act of flavours that just doesn’t come together. But this is soon forgotten. The seared tuna with corn is fresh and flavoursome, and a surprising little showstopper is the king trumpet mushroom and parmesan.

Slithers of scored, perfectly chewy mushroom are teamed with parmesan crisps, as well as finely grated fresh parmesan on top of a wooden round.
After all that, save space for something sweet. The white chocolate cheesecake comes highly recommended, but the porcini ‘sweetie pie’ (porcini and chocolate ice cream, marshmallow fluff, wafer and other delights) will have you scraping at the dessert bowl to savour every last drop.

Drinks

The cocktail menu takes its cue from Eastern influences, with options like the ‘cherry sake’ (dark cherries, sake and amaretto) and a French martini (vodka, crème de cassis and pineapple juice.) There are seven types of gin, four types of vodka and loads of whiskies and single malts. The well-considered wine selection includes several reasonably priced by-the-glass options. Champagne lovers are spoilt for choice.

Service

Service is consistently attentive, but never invasive. The menu can be baffling at first, but friendly and knowledgeable help is at hand to help you make up your mind.

Ambience

Many establishments seem self-obsessed to the point of dictating their customers’ every experience. It’s refreshing, then, to visit a restaurant that allows its diners to set the tone. The colour scheme is all elegant neutrals, made slightly whimsical with textures of leather, exposed brickwork and walls the colour of a fine copper patina. Although the acoustics aren’t amazing and the music seems to come and go, the ambience is elegant and discreet – a backdrop that lends itself to a business meal or first date with equal ease.

Best for…

An elegant, unfettered and unusual dining experience.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Had meals from starters to dessert. Truly tasty meals... Great staff and very efficient Would recommend the cheesecake Feel like the waiters are underpaid if anything. Leave a more than generous tip if you feel completely awed
    #Dinnerdate was another restaurant roulette in which Wood & Fire took the round. Sharing small plates in a Tapas-style dinner to experience as much of the flavours and culinary diversity as we could
    Food was excellent and exceeded my wipdest expectations. Service was quick and effective. It was overall a wonderful evening out.
    Went to Wood and Fire on a hunch. Best decision ever!! Had three courses, all three were 10/10! Huge portions and extremely tasty! Fantastic service and food was served at a ligthing pace! Guys, I am very impressed and will definitely be back!
    Fantastic! The food is absolutely delicious. Great prices, generous portions. The Porcini Sweetie Pie is a must try, its life changing.

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