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Firefish turns up the heat

Last Friday I was invited to Firefish, a sophisticated harbour-side eatery located at the V & A Waterfront that is known for its spectacular grilled seafood.

I was lucky enough to try out Firefish when it first opened in 2017, and I can honestly say I remember the experience (and what we ate) like it was yesterday.

We were greeted by the managers with a tall glass of bubbly in hand on arrival and shown to our seats – we had name cards and I love this, simply because I get to sit next to someone I have never met before.

Once again, I was surrounded by a group of inspiring media representatives with incredible tales to tell and we didn’t stop talking and chuckling in between mouthfuls the entire way through our meal.

The menu on the table was a three-course set meal that included a variety of options to suit everyone. For starters we could choose from Tuna Tartare with avocado, creme freiche and citrus dressing, Grilled Baby Squid with parsley, butter and lemon, or Fried Goats’ Cheese with sweet chilli and apple.

I chose the Baby Squid and it was nothing short of impeccable. All the flavours were strongly present, with the lemon coming through in leaps and bounds and the addition of the parsley adding some much-needed freshness. The baby squid was also cooked to perfection, making it easy to enjoy.

For mains, we could choose from Pan Roasted Seabass with clams, olives, tomato, thyme, fennel, baby new potato and lemon, Grilled Sirloin with walnut salsa verde, charred shallots and fries, or Grilled Cauliflower steaks with cauliflower puree and walnut caper salsa.

Sticking with seafood, I chose the Seabass and I wasn’t disappointed. The seabass’s skin was cooked perfectly (super crispy but not burnt), the tomatoes brought all the sweetness needed to the party, the baby potatoes were soft and velvety, the olives were tart and sharp, and I only recently started eating muscles (I know, shocker, which replaced the clams), and they added a lovely saltiness to the dish and tied it all together.

Lastly, for dessert, we could choose from Coconut Panna Cotta with zesty citrus (orange and ruby grapefruit segments), lime soil and mango (sorbet), or Vanilla Creme Brûlée with strawberries and olive oil sponge.

Dessert is my favourite course, thanks to my sweet tooth, so I always look forward to digging into whatever sweet treat is put down in front of me.

On this occasion, I chose to have the Coconut Panna Cotta – which always reminds me of Manu’s sexy panna cotta jiggle on MKR. The panna cotta had the perfect amount of coconut-tastiness, the tanginess of the mango sorbet was, in my opinion, the hero of the plate, and the zingy citrus from both the orange and ruby grapefruit brought maximum flavour to the plate.

Unfortunately, the lime soil was the only let down for me, simply because it didn’t taste like lime whatsoever. However, it did give the dish the crunchy element it was missing completing the dish.

Overall, the whole experience was a corker, as always. The Kove Collection’s restaurants never disappoint and Firefish brings nothing but the best to the table. Their seafood is incredible both in quality and taste, their menu boasts a variety of dishes that are affordable and hearty, and their portion sizes are larger than life.

For fine diners looking for the freshest seafood (at reasonable prices), a view that will have you captivated and a stunning interior worth spending a couple of hours wining and dining in, Firefish has it all. Thank you so much for having me!

To book a table or if you fancy taking a squizz at their menu, visit their website or call 021 286 4933.

Disclaimer: Although I was invited to Firefish, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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