on February 11, 2005
Tapas are quickly becoming the rage, and this place does them very well. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with what tapas are, they are small plates (think appetizer-size) that are meant to be shared and savored. I have been told that that tapas originated in Spain. The great thing about them is that you can try a variety of things and not get too full for dessert. FireFly’s food is excellent, and the menu is varied. They have a full bar that includes sangria (which they marinate for 3 days), 25 wines by the glass, and (my favorite) mojitos served infused with different fruit flavors, such as passion fruit or mango (of course, the classic is available too). This would a great date place or a place to hang out with friends, since it isn’t too loud to carry on a conversation (unless the DJ is there). Best of all, it is open until the wee hours of the morning, making it a great place for a midnight snack. It is a really cozy but hip atmosphere. A few nights a week, they even have a DJ, and the place turns into a club. Check their website for a list of events or a look at their menu: http://www.fireflylv.com/.
Now onto the food; my sister and I had the following: Red snapper cerviche, Tuna carpaccio, Warm spinach salad, Camarones a la diabla (shrimp in a spicy sauce), and warm chocolate cake for dessert. The cerviche was a little to heavy on the lime for me but my sister disagreed with me and said that it was perfect. The tuna carpaccio was my favorite. It had three thin slices of seared tuna surrounding a mound of tuna tartar with taro chips. We used the taro chips to eat the tuna tartar and thoroughly complimented the taste. We later had a similar dish at a high end restaurant at MGM. Not only did their dish cost more it didn’t taste anywhere near as good as the dish we had at FireFly. The warm spinach salad was also very tasty and made a good accompaniment to the tuna carpaccio. The shrimp was very rich and flavorful. I wished that they had put more slices of grilled bread on the plate so that I could mop up the delicious sauce. The evening culminated in a near orgasm over the chocolate cake. It was slightly crusty (in a good way) on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside. It wasn’t too sweet and was perfectly complimented with a dollop of ice cream. We spent about $60 including food, drinks, tax, and tip.
One more note – if the food isn’t enough to make you drool, the waiters are!
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