Sushi On Fire – Some Of The Best Sushi In Joburg!


It’s not often that a brand new venue has the talkability factor, where you find yourself telling each and every person that they “absolutely have to go there this very week!” That’s exactly what happened after an unexpected business lunch at Montecasino’s brand new restaurant, FIREROOM – I could not stop raving about the food and service!

Simply put, this Sushi and Grill is an experience to be savoured slowly. The service is attentive and personal – the type you usually only receive when you are a frequent guest at an eatery. Not so at FIREROOM. Our waitron, Themba, was warm and friendly, and even brought various craft gin bottles to the table so we could select something we hadn’t tried before!

Before I get into the sushi part of the evening, let me point out that non-sushi lovers have a wide variety of dishes on offer, including a Fillet on The Bone (pepper-crusted and flamed at the table), Yakitori Chicken Skewers, Dim Sum, Shellfish, Poké Bowls, Soup, Salads and even battered fish and chips.

Fireroom

But oh, the sushi. We asked Themba to suggest dishes we should try, and having shown us various photos on his Tablet, he suggested four dishes to try:

  • Tiger vs Dragon (four Sweet Tiger Rolls – tempura prawn rainbow roll, avo, cream cheese, Kewpie mayo, cranberry and biscuit crumbs, and four Dragon Rolls – marinated Scottish salmon rainbow roll, tempura prawn, feta, avo and Yakitori sauce)
  • Berry Roses (four salmon roses, thick crème fraîche and a berry reduction)
  • Tuna Crunch (eight tempura tuna California rolls, cream cheese, crispy rice and fantasy sauce) – the sauce is blow-torched at the table!
  • Fire Roll (eight crispy California rolls, salmon, jalapeño, Kewpie mayo, cream cheese and Yakitori sauce) – the sauce is poured over the sushi at the table, before being flambéd at the table.

The table theatrics form part of the whole experience, but don’t be fooled – the food stands out on its own. Two of my guests mentioned that it was the finest “fusion sushi” they had ever eaten. In fact, we were all scraping the remains of the sauce and crumbs onto a fork because everything tasted so good! Those preferring more traditional sushi will not be disappointed either, as a large part of the menu is dedicated to maki rolls, nigiri, sashimi and more.

We just did not have space for dessert, but were VERY tempted by the Bar One Sliders (deep fried Bar One nuggets, caramel and strawberry sorbet), Fiery Pear (candy poached pear, puff pastry, vanilla cream) and Signature Milkshake Jug (strawberry milkshake jug, marshmallow pillows, chocolate, pine nuts and gummy sweets). Next time!

Needless to say, this is a venue that has earned a place on my list of Holy Grail restaurants. My suggestion is to arrive hungry, take your time, ask the waiters for their suggestions, and be open to trying a phenomenal food experience that I have no doubt will be one to remember!

Average prices – as an idea, our meal came to around R900 (including a tip) for 3 adults and 1 child. This includes the four plates of sushi mentioned above, two G&Ts, four soft drinks and a bottle of water for the table.
Hours:

  • Sundays to Fridays – 11:00 to 23:00
  • Saturdays – 10:00 to 01:00

For More Information

You can find the FIREROOM at Montecasino, shop no. 64, next to Beira Alta. 

To make a booking or to find out more about the restaurant and what’s on the menu, call them on  011 465 0587 or visit www.tsogosun.com/montecasino.

Written by Shelli NT

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