The Perfect dineL.A. Dinner at Firefly in Studio City, CA… According to Julianne and Christina

From Friday, July 14th – Friday, July 28th, many of the best LA restaurants will be participating in dineL.A. with set pre fixe menus. dineL.A is very dear to my heart; it’s a great way for Angeleno epicureans to dine at higher end restaurants on a smaller budget. For someone like myself, who has champagne taste a beer budget, these two weeks are a gift from the gods. In addition to fine dining, a lot of the local/family owned restaurants participate as well, which allows you to taste more of their options as well. These menus vary in timing, prices, and number of courses depending on location, so be sure to do your research here before making a reservation.

When GOF blogger Christina and I were invited to Firefly in Studio City for a preview of the dineL.A. menu, I immediately jumped at the chance to go. It’s been on my bucket list for a while, since I knew of Firefly’s Executive Chef Perry Pollaci from his stint at The Royce in Pasadena. The Royce is one of the best fine dining steakhouses in LA, so I was excited to see what he would bring to an established modern American bistro setting.   

Firefly
11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City CA 91604
http://fireflystudiocity.com

When I first entered Firefly, it has a very dark, somewhat brooding atmosphere at the bar. It’s the kind of spot perfect for a date but not so perfect for a photographer. Luckily, as you make your way in, there’s an old school library-themed lounge with a lighter disposition. Then when you make your way to the patio, it’s suddenly Instagram-friendly with lots of natural lighting and spacious seating. There are even a few private booths that would be fun to have a party in.

Amuse Bouche – Sparkling Rosé

The Firefly dineL.A. pre fixe menu, priced at $49 per customer, starts with the best kind of Amuse BoucheSparkling Rosé! These sweet bubbles are served in the most adorable vintage looking flute.

Steak Tartare

For the First Course, guests select from a choice of:

Heirloom Tomato – local strawberries, chia seeds and basil whipped goat cheese

Charred Peach Gazpacho – steamed prawn, avocado, yuzu and chili oil

Steak Tartare – béarnaise, Tabasco vinaigrette and frisee salad

Marinated Skirt Steak

For the Second Course, guest select from a choice of:

Marinated Skirt Steak – pomme aligot, garlic braised broccoli rabe and salsa verde

Steelhead Salmon – Brentwood corn, roasted piquillo peppers, honey and jalapeño cornbread

Mushroom Pappardelle – maitake & oyster mushrooms, ricotta, and black truffle butter

Warm Chocolate Cake and Coconut Panna Cotta

Third Course is dessert; guests select from a choice of:

Coconut Panna Cotta – local strawberries and basil

Warm Chocolate Cake – marshmallow, crème anglaise and salted vanilla ice cream

So, what makes for the perfect dineL.A. dinner according to Christina and me? It was such a tough decision for us to make! But here are our recommendations for a plan of attack:

Heirloom Tomato

Julianne: For the first course, I would choose the Heirloom Tomato. In addition to the plump, juicy tomatoes, I love the combination of basil and strawberries. Add that to the creaminess of the goat cheese, and you have a fantastic way to start dinner.

Charred Peach Gazpacho

Christina: My favorite first-course option was the Charred Peach Gazpacho. The flavors are so refreshing on a hot summer night!

Mushroom Pappardelle

Julianne: All of the second courses were fabulous. Usually, I would select a protein-packed option, but I couldn’t stop sneaking bites of the Mushroom Pappardelle from the other guests! It’s such a rich pasta dish, especially with the ricotta cheese blended in. It may not be ideal for the summer but I couldn’t enough of it.

Steelhead Salmon

Christina: The Steelhead Salmon is my choice for the main entrée. Not only is the presentation unique, the combination of the salmon with the corn was so yummy. The cornbread muffins were also not only cute but delicious.

Julianne and Christina: The desserts were both fantastic, but we both were in love with the Warm Chocolate Cake. The panna cotta does have that creamy, strawberries and basil combo I love, but the sweet and savory ice cream that comes with the cake pushed it into the top spot for me. Christina could also not stop eating the decadent chocolate cake. She actually described it as “bomb.com.” How very FatboiTendencies of her.

For those of you making your dineL.A. lists, be sure to add Firefly to it! At $49, it’s one of the less expensive but high-quality meals for restaurant week!

*Special thanks to Platform Media Group for inviting us to this event. This meal was comped but all thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

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Actress and Founder of Girls on Food: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I grew up a typical “McDonald’s kid”. I was very picky about what I ate and refused to try new foods. No fun, I know. My Mom started taking me on trips to Europe when I was a teenager and that’s when my palate for finer foods began to develop. Some of my most memorable favorite meals include Veal Bolognese in Rome, Gyros in Athens, Paella in Lisbon and Duck L’Orange in Paris. While this helped me grow out of a fast food phase, I still eat out quite a bit. I know I should be at home cooking, but I love dining out. I started working in restaurants in various front of the house positions at age 15. Since my start, I’ve worked in every casual restaurant setting you can think of: a teriyaki stand, brewery, sushi nightclub, trendy Mexican, family-style Italian, American diner, pizza parlor and even a BLT themed food truck. I can't help but notice that many of the LA food bloggers don't have any sort of background working in a restaurant. A lot of my perspective on food and dining out comes from my years of experience in the biz. Since starting this blog, I have shot appearances on a few cooking competition shows (including MasterChef Junior and another upcoming show). We have also started producing a Youtube Channel. For this site I contribute content from all over Los Angeles (and the world) to showcase my favorite fine-dining spots, steakhouses, exclusive supper clubs, Hollywood nightlife and our very own #GOFx events, which I plan and coordinate.

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