Too bad this restaurant does not seem to have its own website; it was rather difficult to expect from this restaurant after reading good reviews online. This review is based on dinner service for two people.
Situated in business/downtown area of Pitt Meadow, it was quite easy to find the place, just off Harris Road, although the street sign says 122 Ave, not 122A Avenue.
Food: One of the best tasting French bistro style food in Greater Vancouver. First you get a complimentary small place of fried wonton and tapanade with a dip. While they are good, I would prefer regular bread service. Next, ceasar salad is served with slightly charred romaine lettuce, light dressing and some really high quality smoked bacon. They have other usual appetizers such as fried coconut prawns, house salad, cold cut platter, lobster bisque.. etc.. The entrees were equally nice, tarragon chicken breast with truffle risotto and vegetarian ravioli. The risotto was truly amazing in terms of texture of the rice and the aroma from truffle oil. The creamy sauce for the ravioli was decadent while being not too heavy. Other options are rib eye steak, chicken pasta, halibut, etc. Desserts are good (definitely above average), but not as good as the salads and entrees, which are 5 stars, It is very typical of small bistros who rarely have a pastry chef, although I am not sure if this place does. The menu seems to change quite frequently.Portions were reasonable, slightly small. Definitely not generous; I would definitely need all appy, entree and dessert to get full. I just wished there was 10~15% more food, couple more bites..
Ambiance: typical bistro setting: dim, simple, inviting, and warm. Can even be romantic if you sit right next to the fireplace. But there seems to be very limited space in the kitchen. Some corners of diningroom and bar area are used as cool and dry storage.
Value: Appetizers range from $8 to $11, entrees $17 to $27, and dessert $8 to $11. A la carte pricing is reasonable, although desserts are a bit aggresively priced. It would be very nice to see a three-course option in $29 to $34 price range, which I see a lot in Vancouver.
This would be a very nice restaurant for Pitt Meadow and Maple Ridge residents. During my visit, I spent $68 (for 1 app, 2 entree, 2 desserts) before taxes and tips. I thought that was a bit expensive, being spoiled by so many great deals in Vancouver due to competition. I can easily get a good quality three course dinner for $29 at a bistro setting in Vancouver. Sounds bad?? But at Firehall Bistro, you get a great quality (instead of good) three course dinner for $35~40 (that's why I wished there was 15% more food). In addition, the restaurant is clean, kitchen is clean, and all cooks and chefs are dressed properly. So pricing-wise, this restaurant sits somewhere between bistro and upcaled/fine dining with great quality food, rightfully and strongly. Will go back. The lunch menu seems to offer better deal.