Restaurant Review: Blackfire | Braddon

By February 2, 2015 canberra restaurant reviews, cbr foodie

Located just around the corner from the Bent Spoke, Blackfire is one of Braddon’s newest eateries.

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It’s a meat lover’s dream with most of their meats cooked on a open wood fire but they also have less meaty options too.

Although i’d like to take this chance to admit that I am basically a fraud. No matter how much I try to go animal free, I keep slipping up and eating alloftha meat.

And how could you not at Blackfire? We originally intended to have breakfast but the lunch menu looked so inviting we changed our minds. We attended on a pretty quiet Saturday with only a handful of other diners finishing their breakfasts.

The venue is a meld of brick walls and rustic finishings. It has a trendy yet homely vibe.

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There is a gigantic wood fire in the back which gives you a taste (and smell) of what’s to come.

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The menu has a Spanish/Mediterranean vibe with breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert options.

They have loads of delicious look entree items designed to share. I loved the look of Piquillo peppers roasted, stuffed with crab meat & kind prawn cutlets ($6 each) or the Kiramasa king fish fillet with rejoin sauce of sundries chilli and artichokes petals chips ($18).

We started our long lunch with just one entree to share. The wood roasted chorizo & sautéed white beans ($15).

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The chorizo was so flavoursome and smoky. The beans complimented the flavours well and were so creamy.

Then we moved on to mains – this here’s the Rotolo of fresh ricotta cheese and charcoal pumpkin served with roasted pine nuts, basil pesto and burnt butter tomato ($25).

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It was the best meal of the day. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the combination of flavours were perfect.

This is the Arroz colds of king prawns, saffron and pimiento, Nora chilli and basil ($30). It was basically their paella. And it was so delicious. I actually couldn’t believe how many prawns you got. Literally one in each mouthful. The flavour was strong yet not overpowering.

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Given Blackfire are known for their meats, it was only fair we sample some. This is their Waygu short ribs marbled 7+ ($27) which came with a choice of side. I chose the wood fire roasted potatoes, rosemary and thyme infused.

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To compliment the mains we ordered the braised radical, crispy jamon and fried egg salad ($9).

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This salad was rather interesting. The radicchio was a buttery bitter which worked well with the crispy ham + runny egg.

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The chef sent us out this delightful little pot of kinder surprise chillies. I call them a surprise because they’re half hot and half sweet. They were covered in rock salt and sooooo delicious. Even the hot ones!

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Other mains that looked good were the Suckling pig, 2-12 hours slow roasted ($38) or the Rock lobster tail ceviche and poached white asparagus, basil gazpacho and goat curd ($27).

There was absolutely no way we could fit in dessert but they seemed pretty tempting and reasonably priced ($8-12). The caramelised fig mousse and apricot skewer, orange coulis and chocolate wafter ($12) looked pretty good. And don’t worry they have cheese options for those of you that don’t have a sweet tooth.

The service was excellent, our table was attended by 2 very attentive and efficient waiters. My water glass was never empty and we were given new cutlery and crockery between entree and main.

All in all the meals were delicious, flavoursome and incredibly hearty. Perfect for a family get together or to escape the bitter Canberra winter.

Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, we love to see you exploring Canberra.

The deets:

Perfect for: lovers of meat or Mediterranean inspired food.

Address: 45/38 Mort Street, Braddon, ACT 2612

Open: Mon – Sun 8am – 11:30pm

Phone: 02 6230 5921

Bookings: Yes


Get them on: Facebook

Macadame rating (out of 5):  Macadame MMacadame MMacadame MMacadame M

Don’t forget to hashtag #dinewiththemacadames and #canberrawiththemacadames if you go to this restaurant, we love to see you exploring Canberra.

Read more on this restaurant on Black Fire Restaurant on Urbanspoon. Please right click & open the link in a new window.

Anisa – The Macadames. xx

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