Year 2013 was when I was blown away and got hooked on Kettle’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Baked Brie and their incredible Marrow! Oh, goodness! That’s why when I heard that a more mature version of Kettle was opening, I couldn’t hide my excitement!
Introducing, Fireside by Kettle! This new food spot is considered to be Kettle’s older sister in terms of flavor and offerings. Given how successful Kettle has been, I am most definite Fireside by Kettle will not disappoint either.
Fireside by Kettle is located in Metro Manila’s newest shopping and dining destination – SM Fashion Hall.
Its location on the 3rd level is near the escalator that makes for easy access. You can’t miss it! The signage which looks like a glowing hot ember with piles of chopped wood by the wall is an absolute head-turner.
Fireside by Kettle offers classic American food with an Asian touch including grilled items that we have grown accustomed to and loved throughout the years. Chef Chiloy Santos continues to think out of the box when it comes to cooking, resulting in outrageously delicious food.
Good times and great food at Fireside by Kettle
While having a casual chit-chat with one of the owners, Bernice, a carafe of Tamarind Iced Tea (Php179.00) was served.
The combination of its sweet-tangy flavor is what made it even more addicting to drink.
If you want something to warm your tummy while waiting for your orders, I highly suggest this Sweet Corn Cappuccino (Php129.00).
Warm and foamy sweet corn soup with popcorn salt around the rim is absolutely divine! The dish by Fireside by Kettle is beautifully presented and tasted really good! Such a pretty cup of soup!
Try this Mascarpone Cheesecake (Php359.00).
Underneath the mascarpone cheesecake is a sweet tomato jam. Dig in and spread it on your croutons. Don’t hold back!
If you love the taste of truffle like me, best to order this platter of Truffled Potato Chips (Php199.00).
I am a sucker for potato chips especially if they’re really thin and crispy because I love hearing the loud crunch when I chew on them! It comes with Bleu cheese sauce too. So, if you are not a fan of Bleu Cheese, simply request to have it put on the side. Fireside by Kettle makes their own potato chips. Hand cut and deep fried to perfect golden crispy chips.
Another appetizer that I enjoyed eating is this Artichoke and Crab Dip (Php279.00).
Crab fat, crab meat, artichokes and cheese mixed altogether to make a beautiful creamy dip with a nice texture that goes well with the nacho chips.
And this too! Sweet, Spicy and Salty Wings (3 pcs: 249.00 / 5 pcs: 409.00)
Inspired by Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok wings, this sweet, spicy and salty chicken wings are best eaten using your hands. Deep fried and smothered with a sweet glaze. Lick the sticky sauce from your fingers. Get a mouthful of the crispy sweet potato. Chug it down with a cold glass of soda. An absolute must try when you visit Fireside by Kettle!
For our Mains, we got to sample this first – 50/50 Meatloaf (Php389.00).
50% ground bacon and 50% ground angus beef with barbecue sauce… How can you say no! The bacon gives this special meatloaf additional juice with a hint of smokiness. This meatloaf will leave you wishing every day to be lunch or dinner at Fireside by Kettle! It certainly captured my heart!
Then came this Buttermilk Fried Chicken Fingers (Php489.00).
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I was immediately blown away by Kettle’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken during my visit to their restaurant at Shangri-La Plaza. But of course, since Fireside is a “more mature” version of Kettle, don’t expect them to serve this dish the same way they do over at Kettle. Instead, Fireside by Kettle serves chicken fingers that are brined for 24-hours in cajun Ritz breading and brought to your table with a homestyle gravy and honey. It also comes with their well-loved cornbread doughnuts that everybody’s been craving and raving about. The flavors are pretty much the same as Kettle’s buttermilk fried chicken… It’s flavorful but a bit underwhelming for me. I just prefer Kettle’s version more. Perhaps because I find it tastier, especially the meat closest to the bones.
It did not end there. We were also served this beautiful Boneless US Prime Ribeye (350g: Php1,699.00 / 700g: Php2,999.00).
Beautifully seared on the outside, yet deliciously juicy, pliant and flavorful. No gravy needed at all and that’s what made this specialty a hit for me.
After all the good stuff that were served, I didn’t think I’d still have space for some dessert. But, lo and behold… this familiar looking treat was brought in – Fireside Homemade Doughnuts (239.00).
Are you familiar with Bicho-Bicho? Yes? Well, this is Fireside by Kettle’s elevated version of that classic old-time favorite. Fluffy and moist on the inside, crispy on the outside and beautifully dusted with sugar. It comes with salted caramel, chocolate and raspberry sauces that you can play around with to see which flavor is best partnered with your doughnut.
Afterwards, along came their very own Homemade S’mores (Php139.00).
This deconstructed version of s’mores has crushed maltesers (which made it all the more delicious) and partnered with Fireside by Kettle’s graham crackers. Not a fan of chocolate, but I enjoyed eating it after having a heavy, tummy-bulging lunch.
Our desserts didn’t end there just yet. We also tried the Coconut Checkered Cake (Php259.00).
A combination of strawberry and vanilla flavors with coconut icing that’s a bit crumbly. It was not that moist, not that dry and not too sweet. While the shaved coconut on top gave this dessert a nice textural contrast.
Price range of the items offered at Fireside by Kettle may intimidate some individuals. Don’t be. The portions of their dishes are good enough to be shared.
Check out Fireside by Kettle. It’s the new place to be for really great comfort food. Be prepared to savor forkfuls as only Chef Chiloy’s culinary prowess can offer.
3F Fashion Hall
SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City