If you like entertainment and variety in your dining, a trip to Fire and Ice in Providence Place Mall will satisfy your needs.
We first reviewed the unique restaurant when it opened over a decade ago and wanted to see how it was doing these days. The good news/bad news is that we went on a Monday night, which is traditionally Student Night, when anyone with a college ID can eat to their heart’s content for only $9.95. We enjoyed the young folks devouring a variety of food, and the showmen chefs preparing it on the 25-foot round grill.
Unfortunately, the restaurant did not put out the shrimp and scallops we had come to enjoy. Our accommodating waitress did bring us a bowl of shrimp, which caused a few stares from the college kids.
The Mongolian Grill style of eating is lots of fun, if you are up for it. The first step is grabbing your bowl and filling it with a huge variety of meats, fish, veggies, pasta and other items. Next, you select your sauce from about eight varieties, ranging from mild and sweet to hot and spicy. You bring your selections to the grill, where it is cooked before your eyes. Standing at the grill and watching the chefs perform is part of the show.
There are a variety of plans, including an ice cream sundae bar that defies description. Just don’t check your blood sugar after a visit.
One plan allows you to return to the marketplace, getting a smaller bowl on subsequent trips. The “regulars” know just what to go for, leaving the broccoli, hamburger, chicken and items they can eat anytime, while filling their bowls with mussels, sirloin, calamari, jalapenos, Italian sausage and, except for Mondays, scallops and shrimp.
Veteran eaters have learned how to choose the correct ingredients for making a Spanish paella, while those with dietary restrictions can carefully choose the right foods.
I loved the two types of sausages, angel hair pasta and a pork patty that included corn and beans. However, we found the beef to be a bit tough, the pulled pork tasteless and the calamari the consistency of a rubber band.
If you are going for the first time, it helps to ask questions of a regular or your waitress. While I found it fun to mix a lot of different items together, the disadvantage is that some cook quicker than others, resulting in a few overcooked items.
There are a variety of prices, depending on what and when you eat, but you can eat very well for under $10.
Fire and Ice is on the street level of the mall. You can park for a dollar for three hours and still have time to walk around the mall. Hours are (Monday through Thursday) lunch from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and dinner from 4-10 p.m. Add an hour on Friday and Saturday. They have a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They also have a full bar. You can make reservations, but the place is huge and there usually is no wait.