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Firefly Restaurant -- two dinners

Nancy Berry | Jan 20, 200411:22 AM

We've had two wonderful dinners at Firefly recently and our parties were large enough to sample most of the menu items. On Sunday three of us had the Roasted Chicken Breast with Meyer Lemon-Rosemary Sauce, Mushrooms, Parsnip Mashed Potatoes and Broccolini -- it was excellent. My husband had the Grilled Niman Ranch Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, Roasted Banana Fingerling Potatoes and Watercress Salad, our daughter's boyfriend (the birthday boy) and his mom had the Somewhat Spicy Slow Braised Pork with Tangerine Glazed Japanese Sweet Potatoes and Fennel Slaw. We were all very pleased with these entrees.

We've eaten from this menu before (another dinner a week and a half ago) and really enjoyed the monkfish and sturgeon dishes. The appetizers were more of a mixed bag. I really liked the Pistachio Crusted Baked Goat Cheese with Baby Beets, Arugula and White Balsamic Vinaigrette, but I didn't care for the Organic Iceberg Wedgies with Tiny Croutons, Chopped Egg, Grilled Watermelon Radish and Green Goddess Dressing -- the dressing was undersalted and rather bland -- it seemed like something was left out, and the radish was really bitter. The Roasted Brussel Sprouts with White Truffle Oil and Reggiano Parmesan were quite good, but a little one-dimensional, and the Black Lentil and Dino Kale Soup was very tasty but quite filling. My husband had the Firefly Roll! Ahi Tuna Maki Tempura with Avocado, Tobiko, Shiso, Wasabi and Soy Dip, and while he liked it a lot, he said that it would be better ordered for the table to share rather than as an appetizer for one. It really filled him up before the rest of the meal.

The desserts were, for the most part, excellent. The Ginger Pot de Crème with Sesame Lime Rounds and the Bittersweet Chocolate Truffle Cake with Tahitian Vanilla Gelato were my favorites from this menu. I also liked the Lemon Pudding Cake with Citrus Caramel and Fresh Raspberries, but the lemon pudding was a bit tarter than I would have liked. I didn't taste the Warm Hazelnut Financier with Port Poached Seckel Pears and Mascarpone Ice Cream, but my husband liked it while our brother-in-law thought that the Mascarpone ice cream was too rich. The Champagne Cassis Sorbet with Lemon Thyme Crisps was considered just okay.

Anyway, there's our take on the present menu -- we took advantage of the 3 course plus coffee or tea for $25.00 deal and thought that it was a real bargain.


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