Friday, March 24, 2017

Brunch at Firefly's Romantic Patio (Studio City, Los Angeles, CA)

by Bryan Tsunoda (

Firefly has consistently been on the list of Top Romantic Restaurants in LA. I guess I haven’t romanced my wife enough lately because we haven’t been there. I recently attended a media tasting to sample their Sunday brunch offerings.

Customers enter into what appears to be a library lounge setting with couches and a classic bar from the past. Walking past the bar, you enter the bright patio which appears to be outdoors, but is protected from the elements by a translucent covering. 
Along the wall are Moroccan-style cabanas that can close for privacy.
Food Network and Cutthroat Kitchen star, chef Perry Pollaci, took over the kitchen last November. He’s a C.I.A. alum and has used his talents in New York City, Paris and Madrid restaurants. More recently he’s worked at Church and State and Kendall’s Brasserie, and has transformed The Royce into a cutting edge wood-fired steakhouse. He also volunteers his time at Slideluck LA which is dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art. 

If you are the type that enjoys a continental breakfast, you’ll appreciate the variety of fresh baked pastries. Despite how good everything looked, I only tried a couple of them. The raspberry tart was fruit filled, flakey and quite tasty. A few of us were impressed by the sticky bun because it had a crisp exterior and wasn’t overly sweet.

I sampled both the lobster and veggie scrambles. The eggs had a nice buttery taste and were extremely light and fluffy. 
Naturally I veered towards the lobster scramble because they were made with truffle butter, tarragon, and topped with caviar. I would definitely order that again.

The avocado toast was beautifully prepared. Toasted french bread was topped with slices of avocado, micro greens and red pepper flakes. The pepper flakes definitely added a nice element to the dish.

Another one of my favorites was the thick cut brioche French toast. It was dusted with powdered sugar and surrounded with vanilla whipped cream, brandied roasted apples and thick maple syrup. The brioche was great at sopping up the maple syrup.

Other items of note include their grilled steelhead salmon with a side of beets, lemon creme and endive. The Wagyu beef burger comes paired with a bacon onion marmalade.

Of course one of the primary reasons to go to brunch instead of breakfast are the drinks that are offered. I enjoyed each of the drinks for different reasons. The Peach Bellini was simply a good sipping drink to set the mood. 
Sunday Morning was made with rum, lemon and chai spiced apple cider which gave it a heavier and more complex taste. Finally, the Pineapple Express was simply a fun vodka cocktail bursting with fresh pineapple flavor.

Sunday Brunch is served from 11am - 3pm. It’s a wonderful place to catch up with friends or to impress that special someone.
Valet parking is recommended.

11720 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 762-1833
Firefly Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


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