Saturday, 7 October 2017

Black Fire lights up Braddon

The rustic interior send warm vibes which are highlighted by large chandeliers. The spacious area with hand crafted pieces is kept warm in the winter months by the fireplace. I had dined at Black Fire once before and it is no surprise as to why it’s an award winning restaurant, to say that I was keen to go back and try more dishes from their extensive menu was putting it lightly. I arrived at 2:30pm on a Friday in an attempt to beat the peak hour rush. However it was still pretty busy, surprise surprise.

I had 3 of their most popular main dishes. The first dish was the Berkshire Pork Belly and my gosh did my belly love it. The pork was perfectly roasted and tender, framed by crisp pork crackling; dressed in balsamic with the red rose rhubarb and apple martini circling the meat in the shape of a ying yang sign; exactly in the way that all of the flavours and textures complemented and balanced out the other.

The second dish was Roasted Baby Peppers. The presentation of this dish was exquisite and delicate. It was cool to the touch and was tender and tasty. For those worried about the peppers being too hot, they weren’t spicy at all! The peppers were stuffed with crab meat which was excellent because I la la love seafood.  

Third came the Char Grilled Baby Octopus. It was a colourful delight and was just the right amount of saltiness. The vinegar expands the baby octopus which makes it tender and allows it to further absorb the zesty flavour. It comes with chips which they make themselves and are not fried so also healthy.  

Last but not least came Affogato for dessert - yum! The gelato is made in the traditional Italian way and you can really taste the authenticity. It is popular at Black Fire because it combines sweets, liquor and coffee after dinner. It is a delicious blend of flavours in the perfect size and nothing it too overpowering.

The restaurant manager is Andrea who told me is originally from Italy. Growing up he was raised on healthy food and that is where Black Fire’s drive stems from. It is obvious to all of the customers who enter how passionate and knowledgable he is about his restaurant as he answered all of my questions with ease. Everything is locally produced and sourced whilst keeping in with their reputation for having organic and healthy meals, from the homemade sauces to the side dishes. They value and support local Canberra businesses.

Black Fire is a must for locals and for those visiting Canberra for a night!

Words and Photography by Maryanne Irhia xx

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