Chocolate Fire has long been on my list of must-try restaurants in Manila as soon as I stumbled upon Anton Diaz’s review of the said restaurant. For one, it’s name appealed to me a lot. Anything that has an association with my favorite color–red (fire is red, right? LOL)–immediately grabs my attention.
After months of planning, I finally got together with one of my best girl friends (the ‘kada’s resident skinny girl with the big appetite for yummy eats), Justine. My dearest Pia, one of my favorite people in our college org, joined us for dinner as well. We were missing Mica though, who is basking in American snow.
Chocolate Fire offers a very cozy ambiance. I love their red-and-white color theme. We wanted to stay upstairs but was informed by one of the waiters that the area was for reserved groups only. Oh well. The main dining area was nice anyway. Though I wished there were more couches and less plastic chairs. Ambiance was good, with the pipe music not distracting the whole feel.
This is a self-service restaurant but the waiters will provide you with a menu so you don’t hold up the line as you order. The food selection was pretty normal. Aussie sandwiches, pasta, breakfast plates and whatnot.
I ordered Bolognese Sandwich (Php280) and Vanilla Milkshake (Php150). The toasted sandwich is pretty thick. I knew when it arrived that I couldn’t fit that into my mouth so I had to slice my way throughout the whole sandwich. I liked my sandwich albeit it was too crunchy (too toasted). It’s literally spreading bolognese sauce on a sandwich. Justine said it was “okay”.
Meanwhile, my milkshake was really good! Tasted like melted vanilla ice cream!
Pia had Pesto Pasta (though I think it’s another version of such) that was served with bread. She opted for Vanilla Milkshake as well. Oh, you get to choose between spaghetti, penne or fettucine for your pasta, by the way.
We were a little puzzled that it didn’t look like pesto at all. It wasn’t green at all. The pasta serving was a bit small too. I forgot how the pasta’s price though I’m sure it’s less than Php300.
Meanwhile, Justine opted for another sandwich meal–Italian. She wasn’t happy about this at all. Haha. She opened up her sandwich and saw the slice of tomato that had been given to her was the tomato end–we couldn’t tell if it was the stem or flower end though.
Justine had Dark Chocolate and it was super good!
After letting our tummies breathe for some 15 minutes, we began scouring the display for what would be the highlight of our food adventure. The chocolates were neatly organized–exotics, bars, truffles, ganaches and whatnot. We were overwhelmed by the selection!
You can’t really take pictures of the display so you have to see it for yourself. We didn’t know what to order or how many we should have. We kept walking around, admiring them at the same time. I saw the chocolate-covered strawberries and was instantly attracted to it. But as Justine said, you can have chocolate on strawberries anytime–so easy to do at home. But mind you, the strawberries were big.
We ended up with seven varieties (20 pieces in all). It wasn’t that bad of a price since we were sharing. On our plate were: Milk and Dark Chocolate Dipped Coffee Beans (Php5 per piece), Super Volcano (Php65 per piece), Peppermint Ganache (Php55 per piece), Solid Floral Circle (Php50 per piece), Nutboat Pecans (Php65 each), Solid Mini Lip (Php15 per piece + Php5 for white chocolate).
A cute service quirk: while they can easily just hand you over the platter over the counter, they won’t. Why? Because they cutely arrange the pieces chocolates first!
We consumed the chocolates slowly, savoring the taste of each. For a night, we felt like a chocolate tasting trio. We first munched on the tiny Dipped Coffee Bean pieces. They were really tiny and tasted okay. Nothing special here though I like the crunch. The beans were roasted.
Most of them tasted the same though. I think our poor chocolate selection is to be blamed. Next time we have to really randomize. Haha.
We proceeded to eating the ‘big one’, which is the Super Volcano. As seen in the picture, these have chili flakes. Honestly, it was good. Although you could really feel the “kick” as you bite through the chocolate. Especially when your tongue comes into contact with the chili flakes in the middle.
I liked the Peppermint Ganache a lot because it reminded me of this chocolate my aunt from Japan used to send us–individually-wrapped little square chocolates. I don’t remember the name but I vividly remember the taste and how it looks like. Justine knew the chocolate I was referring to as well. (Hah! Just sayin’ to prove that such chocolate from Japan exists! Haha!)
The presentation is really what gets to you. The Solid Floral Circle, for example, was too cute. I like the gold floral patterns on top. This creamy and very sweet milk chocolate will probably earn the approval of milk chocolate lovers. I also imagine girly-girls swooning at the sight of this.
Overall, Chocolate Fire is a nice after-office hangout place. Prices are fairly reasonable although don’t expect to be wowed by their meals–they are a chocolate place, after all. I might swing by randomly one day and bring home a box of two of these babies. By the way, if you’re not too keen on buying per piece, you can buy them per gram too.
Chocolate Fire is on the ground floor of PDCP Building, corner of Leviste and Rufino Street. It’s behind PBCom.