Welcome to FireRoom

The FireRoom at Montecasino is a sushi and grill experience that has to be savoured slowly. From the welcome, to the top-notch service through to the unique sushi experience that awaits you. Speaking of service, we found it attentive and personal – the kind you usually only receive when you're a frequent guest. Our waitron, Themba, was warm and friendly. He 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 to choose from as well. These include a fillet on the bone (pepper-crusted and flamed-grilled at the table), Yakitori Chicken Skewers, dim sum, shellfish, Poké Bowls, soup, salads and battered fish and chips.

Fireroom

Flaming Good Sushi

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

The table theatrics form part of the whole experience. The food does stand out on its own though. Two of my guests mentioned that it was the finest fusion sushi they had ever eaten. In fact, we were all scraping up the remains of the sauce and crumbs onto a fork. Everything just tasted so good! Those preferring more traditional sushi will not be disappointed either. A large part of the menu is dedicated to maki rolls, nigiri, sashimi and more.

After Dinner Treats

We just did not have space for dessert. But, we 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. 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 three adults and one child. This included the four plates of sushi mentioned above, two G&Ts, four soft drinks and a bottle of water for the table.

Open Monday to Sunday 11:30 - 22:00, you can find the FireRoom at Montecasino, shop no. 64.

For More Information

To make a booking or to find out more about the restaurant and what's on the menu, call 011 465 0587 or visit their website.

Welcome to FireRoom

The FireRoom at Montecasino is a sushi and grill experience that has to be savoured slowly. From the welcome, to the top-notch service through to the unique sushi experience that awaits you. Speaking of service, we found it attentive and personal – the kind you usually only receive when you're a frequent guest. Our waitron, Themba, was warm and friendly. He 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 to choose from as well. These include a fillet on the bone (pepper-crusted and flamed-grilled at the table), Yakitori Chicken Skewers, dim sum, shellfish, Poké Bowls, soup, salads and battered fish and chips.

Fireroom

Flaming Good Sushi

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

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. A large part of the menu is dedicated to maki rolls, nigiri, sashimi and more.

After Dinner Treats

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. 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 three adults and one child. This included the four plates of sushi mentioned above, two G&Ts, four soft drinks and a bottle of water for the table.

Open Monday to Sunday 11:30 - 22:00, you can find the FireRoom at Montecasino, shop no. 64.

For More Information

To make a booking or to find out more about the restaurant and what's on the menu, call 011 465 0587 or visit their website.

Salads

Life Grand Café

Life’s Grand Café’s salad bar is amazing enough to turn any die-hard carnivore into a veg lover (for one meal, at least). Here’s how it works: you get a base of lettuce, tomato and cucumber and can then pick four toppings. It’s always a tough choice deciding what to fill your bowl with. From beetroot and olives to veggie chips and Danish feta, there’s plenty to choose from. You can also add a protein to your salad if you like (for a bit extra).

Where: Waterfall Corner Mall, Corner of Maxwell and Woodmead Drives, Woodmead, Johannesburg.

Hyde Park Corner, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

Mall of the South, Corner Swartkoppies Road and Klipriver Drive, Aspen Hills Near South, Mulbarton, Johannesburg.

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Rockets Express

Rockets Express is also a build-your-own salad bar. You choose everything – base, toppings and dressing, but if you don’t want to make your own, they’ve got some options on the menu that have been thought out on your behalf. The Veg Loco, with grilled vegetables, cherry tomatoes, olives, feta, red onion and mixed peppers, dressed with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar sounds like the perfect pick if you ask us.

Where: 24 Central, Corner of Gwen Lane & Fredman Drive, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Melrose Arch, Corner Corlett Drive and M1 Highway, Melrose, Johannesburg.

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La Vie En Rose

La Vie En Rose is great for two reasons (okay, more, but we’re going with two for now): their lush, outdoorsy setting… and their salads. They’ve got a range of options, but the one that sticks out most (for us, anyway) would have to be the Bunny Hop, which is sweet oven-roasted butternut with Danish feta, avo, couscous, walnuts and honey mustard dressing. Yum!

Where: 60 5th Street (Killarney Country Club) Johannesburg , 2196

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JB’s Corner

The menu at JB’s Corner really has something for everyone – and that goes for their salad department, too. From grain-free options to meaty delights and even a calamari salad, you’re certainly spoilt for choice here.We love Shoot The Breeze, which is your grain of choice (quinoa, please) with balsamic roasted butternut, feta, Parmesan shavings and avo. Just a warning: their salads are huge!

Where: 3 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

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Krunch

You don’t normally think of healthy foods when you think of a food court, but Krunch is an exception. This place screams health and their salads are nothing short of fab. You can design your own salad if you like… they have a fantastic range of options, including seared tuna, cottage cheese, sundried tomatoes and rare roast beef. Our top pick would have to be one of their pre-made salads – the Seared Salmon and Almond one, to be exact. It comes with baby spinach, cucumber, red onion, Danish feta, sundried tomatoes, seared salmon and roasted almonds.

Where: Food Court, Sandton City, Corner 5th and Maude Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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Tashas

Tashas is one of those something-for-everyone places… and their salads definitely don’t fall short in this regard. From Thai beef options to Nicoise creations, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when choosing! May we suggest a salad? Okay, great! Have the Heirloom Halloumi – heirloom tomatoes, Middle Eastern spiced halloumi, fennel, cucumber, red onion, pomegranate, mint and pomegranate dressing.

Where: There are many Tashas branches, follow the link below for more info.

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Thyme On Nicol

Thyme on Nicol is a great place to pop past when you’re in need of a healthy on-the-go lunch or want to sit down and eat a nourishing salad. They offer a wide range, including sashimi salads if you feel like sushi without the carbs. Our pick at this place has got to be the Salmon and Avo salad, which is smoked salmon and avo on Asian lettuce with red onion, sweet potato strings, capers and a lemon mustard dressing.

Where: Corner William Nicol and Republic Roads, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

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Salvationcafe

Situated in a stunning courtyard, Salvationcafe’s food offerings are drool-worthy. Pull up a chair and get ready for some tough choices. Do you pick the Tuna and Chickpea Salad or the Classic Ceasar? We'd go for the Citrus and Almond Salad, with peppers, cherry tomato, cucumber, fresh beans, spring onion and avo… with added free-range chicken.

Where: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg.

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Kauai

Ever since Kauai revamped their look, feel and food offering, we just can’t seem to stay away from them! We love that you can customise your salads to suit your personal taste – pick a base, four fillings, crunchy topping, dressing and add a protein if you like. We like to make my own creation up, with house greens, rosa tomatoes, carrots, radishes, broccoli, seed mix, olive oil and a free-range boiled egg.

Where: There are plenty of Kauai branches, follow the link below for more information.

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Doppio Zero

Doppio Zero has got plenty of options, from classic capreses to rump and rocket options… chances are whatever you’re in the mood for is already on the menu. The Prawn, Avo and Pawpaw salad is simply divine – served with grilled prawns, pawpaw, baby greens, avo, red onion and a red wine vinaigrette.

Where: There are plenty of Doppio Zero branches, follow the link below for more information.

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Greenside Café

Greenside Café is a haven for salad lovers. This vegan restaurants serves up super-filling and well thought out healthy options. Check out their salad offerings – you won’t be sorry. The Wakame Seaweed Salad is a must-try… with rice noodles, tomatoes, carrot, beetroot, cucumber, gamasio and sesame oil, the gluten-free goodness is as tasty as it is nourishing.

Where: 34 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg.

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By Nikki Samakosky