I have eaten at Fireplace about ten times over the past several years. Most of my experiences have been positive.
The executive lunch sets allow one to sample the menu a bit without the cost of the full steak dinner, but the reality is that the magic is about that steak dinner and the cut quality on the full menu is understandably much better than that included in the much cheaper executive lunch.
As my title refers to, the bread is wonderful here. Individual personal micro-loaves are served cooked in little clay pots. The soft just out of the oven bread some butter naturally melting -- tasty goodness.
The courses are spread out over a longer duration, so do not expect a one hour lunch here. I would allocate 90 to 120 minutes for lunch of several courses. The onion soup is always good. The Caesar salad is always nice. The irony is that on the lunch cut, the actual wagyu beef cut is probably the least interesting dish one is served. Thusly, I would recommend that you go a la carte and make the investment in trying their full line of cuts. If on a budget and prefer the fixed set, beware of the 350++ Pellegrino bottles that they will continually refill without asking. One meal I found that 30% of my group's bill for lunch was bottled water!!!!.
I do have a concern on the lunch set though. The lunch set always seems to give me the runs. This has happened every time I had the executive lunch set, but not when I order a la carte and so I am not sure which dish does not agree with my system. Nonetheless, it tastes terrific going down. Also, I am sensitive to MSG and I suspect that products which have MSG or MSG-like are used as I get my standard MSG headache, scratching, and fatigue after a lunch here. Again, it remains tasty.
The Fireplace has been around for a long time. The inside is very cozy but there are sometimes groups of drunken or nearly drunken people who make a lot of noise in an otherwise quiet and relaxing place and the staff will not say anything, so pick a table over to one of the corners away from any potential noise makers who might reduce your relaxation.
My experiences are not entirely positive, but I will continue to return on occasion.
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