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Report on Firefly

BluesA | Jun 21, 2004 01:18 PM

Hi all,

I posted on the board last week asking for requests for a place to take my brother. Most of the suggestions were great but the places were all booked up so we went with our fallback reservation, Firefly.

I had only been once before and can say that my second visit didn't disappoint. Our table of 5 was seated promptly at a table near the tree in the main room. Our waiter brought over a wine list immediately but I requested the specialty drink menu. My brother had a glass of cabernet while I chose a Thin Mint, with vanilla vodka, a chocolate liquor and a mint liquor. Another in our party ordered a Mojito Martini, which was a bit heavy on Triple Sec (surprising since triple sec doesn't belong in a Mojito).

For our party of 5, we had 3 hangar steak frites, one roast pork loin with gruyere macaroni and cheese and brussel sprouts, and one salmon carpaccio with the truffle parmesan frites. The steak frites were all wonderful, juicy and tender though the two requested medium were a bit more on the medium rare side. The third was requested medium rare and came as such. Really good flavor in the beef and the fries in the cone were nice and crispy. Didn't try the salmon carpaccio but the truffle parmesan frites had great flavor, though were a tad greasy. The truffle dipping sauce was a nice touch and I could have dipped my brussel sprouts in them had the dish been mine. My pork was delicious, cooked medium to order, flavorful and juicy. Some of the sprouts were a bit undercooked but the rest were okay and the gruyere mac and cheese was outstanding! Crisp on top, creamy underneath...I had to fight the others to finish the dish myself.

Dessert was the "not-so-average" tiramisu and the summer fruits, with vanilla syrup and candied pecans. The tiramisu was a deconstructed version of the dessert with a chocolate/coffee sponge cake surrounding a mascarpone/chocolate cream, with pistachio creme on top. I only had a bite and didn't love it but others at the table did. I missed the more traditional flavor components as I didn't feel the mascarpone came through. The summer fruit bowl was the winner, with slices of cherries, plums, peaches and nectarines tossed in a vanilla syrup with candied almonds on top. The subtle vanilla complimented the ripe fruit well and the almonds added a nice crunch.

Our waiter was okay, nothing special but nothing awful either. Total came to 180 before tip for the 5 of us, including 2 drinks, one glass of wine, one coke and one bottle of still water, 5 entrees and 2 desserts. Not a bad value in my opinion.

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