Fire Lake Grill is a Tagaytay restaurant that has been around for a decade. It’s just one of the dozens of restaurants scattered across the famous Aguinaldo highway. As its name suggests, Fire Lake Grill serves up delicious barbecued meat and seafood. I have been eyeing this restaurant since the first time we paid a visit to Cliffside Inn, so I’m really glad that I finally got the chance to do it.
Interior. The first thing I noticed after entering was the Philippine Tatler ‘100 best restaurants’ placard, found right behind their front door.
Menu: Starters, Soups, Pasta and Risotto, From the grill, Meat and seafood, Desserts.
Okay, sooooo…. When we first stepped inside this restaurant, we honestly thought that this was only going to be one of those places where you can eat some delicious grilled beef and pork for a very cheap price, kinda like House of Minis or even Tender Bob’s. Oh, boy! We were DEAD wrong! Everything was a tad bit too costly for my taste. I guess the price of their food is probably the reason why Philippine Tatler took notice of them. Hehe.
Spaghetti Carbonara – With parmesan and percorino romano cheeses, smoked bacon, and green peas.
Asparagus & Mushroom Risotto – With homemade sweet fennel sausages. This was amazing – Loved its buttery taste and the huge grains of the rice.
BBQ Pork Loin – With fresh cilantro and tomato-jalapeno relish. Accompanied with some country-style potato wedges on the side. It wasn’t so bad? The meat could use a little more salt, though. But I loved the sauce and the crispiness of the wedges.
I have mixed feelings about our experience here at Fire Lake Grill. The food was pretty decent, but I just couldn’t get over how expensive everything was. In fact, I would definitely try out their steak (not to mention their desserts) if I just had enough cash with me. Also, I’m slightly amazed at the fact that this restaurant has managed to survive for such a long period of time despite the price of its food – And especially since it’s surrounded by other affordable restaurants and cafes. A high-end location in Manila would suit this restaurant more, in my opinion.
Food: 4.5/5 (taste) 5/5 (presentation)