I want to love Firefly Bistro. I really do. It has all the elements I enjoy. A small, family run business, a cute neighborhood, easy to get to, unique setting, great service.
Went last Friday night, for the first time. We sat at a two-top kind of off to the side, not directly under the tent. It was a lovely spot to sit definitely felt like our own private table.
I liked the fact that the tables were well spaced not cramped at all. I liked what they did with the space very casual, backyardish-romantic. Fun lights hanging from the tent area.
Service was very good if not overly attentive. Toward the end of the meal, the owner came by and chatted for a while. Its his daughter and son-in law that are the chefs. Very friendly guy. Again, I want to love this place.
On to the chow:
Pork Dumplings and Pear Salad with bacon.
I was not anticipating what came out very crisp (almost chip like) large empanada sized dumplings sprinkled with a lot of paprika. The pork inside was good, but the actual dumpling didnt do anything for me. It was served over black beans and this strange green dipping sauce I forgot what the menu said it was but I did not like it a very odd flavor. Cant say Id get them again.
The Pear salad was nice. It had bits of bacon and a wonderful vinaigrette. It was a good salad.
I had the Oxtail Risotto. I found the Oxtail very fatty. Now, the waiter warned me that the dish was rich but, I felt like I was eating chunks of fat, instead of meat. A bit of a disappointment I wouldnt try it again. My dining companion had salmon the bite I had was very good. He thoroughly enjoyed the dish.
Dessert: Crème brule (vanilla and chocolate) layered pudding served with a chocolate chip cookie. OH MY GOODNESS. It was so light and creamy just melt in your mouth amazing. It was as dense as crème brule, yet the pudding factor is what made it so creamy. Absolutely brilliant. The best Ive had in a very, very long time. The vanilla was on the top half, the chocolate on the bottom. I didnt care for the chocolate (and I love chocolate) fortunately, my dining companion did so I scooped up all the vanilla goodness! The chocolate chip cookie was just okay ate a small bite and didnt want any more.
Damage: 2 appetizers, 2 mains, 1 dessert, 1 cocktail, 3 glasses of wine (they have a fantastic cabernet by the glass James Judd, I think YUM!), 1 glass of port pre-tip: $123 Considering, without the drinks, the bill would have been about $70 I did think it was decent value for what you got.
Again, not knock your socks off food but I have faith in this little place. It has such potential. I definitely plan to try Bistro K and Bistro de la Gare (all within a stones throw) and see how they compare and will return to try my luck with other dishes. Its a great, summer night, neighborhood spot. Casual enough to gather with friends for a relaxing meal or just romantic enough for a date night.