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11720 Ventura Blvd. (Colfax Ave.) Send to Phone
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With Paul Shoemaker as chef, Firefly is a dining destination in the Valley.
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Firefly Restaurant Review

: Throughout his culinary career, chef Paul Shoemaker has helped shape the landscape of L.A. gastronomy --- first at the Water Grill, later at Providence and Bastide. He spent time at The French Laundry as well, and his Malibu restaurant Savory offered an elevated California cuisine. Shoemaker continues to articulate this inspired and sometimes visionary cooking --- built on a deep connection with local growers, ranchers and purveyors --- at Firefly. Indeed, his creativity has turned this longtime Valley favorite into a dining destination. The front is a sexy library lounge with comfortable sofas, deep red walls and gilt-framed mirrors. The romantic garden patio, washed with candlelight and warmed by a flickering fireplace, lets guests slip into intimate cabanas or socialize on the terrace. To start, a bright persimmon salad with burrata contrasts taste and texture, while a playful “K-Town BBQ” tops unctuous, savory rice porridge with tender hanger steak. We also recommend the seared foie gras with fresh black truffle, pickled and Luxardo cherries, quince and roasted pear. Standout mains include an unagi risotto, punctuated with shimeiji mushrooms, fermented black beans and a quail egg, as well as a buttery tenderloin with sweetbreads. A French/California focused wine list has many good options, among them select Napa Cabernets, and a pricey range of French bubbles plays well with the more luxe selections; it's nice to explore Sicily or Sardinia by the glass, too, and seasonal cocktails are refreshing. The assertive, satiny fromage blanc goat cheesecake makes an ideal finish.

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