If you pay any attention at all to the goings-on of the San Fernando Valley, then you've likely noticed that Studio City has seriously upped its culinary game in recent years. With the addition of Joan's on Third, Alfred Coffee, and Salt & Straw Ice Cream (to name a few), it really is the go-to place for all things hip and trendy on that side of the hill. And you're bound to find the best brunch in the valley in Studio City. Though Firefly has been going strong as an upscale neighborhood restaurant for years now, their new addition of brunch has brought another luxe element to Studio City. Sure, you can get your avo toast and latte anywhere, but if you want a lobster scramble while sitting in an ivy-covered cabana on the patio, Firefly is the place for you. The restaurant is definitely known for it's beautiful design, with a greenhouse-meets Mediterranean castle-meets poolside cabana patio that makes a lovely setting for a romantic date, girl's night out, or group brunch. Their new brunch menu features plenty of fun cocktails, some rich takes on classic brunch dishes, and some hefty lunch options; keep scrolling to see what we ordered and our final thoughts!
As we sat down, we were immediately presented with a visually impressive trio of pastries, including a scone, chocolate muffin, and a sugary croissant-like muffin pastry for which I don't know the name at all. The chocolate muffin and sugar-covered cruffin (no idea if it is actually a cruffin, but it will henceforth be known as one) were definitely my favorites; the cruffin was flaky and sweet, and just moist enough in the center, while the chocolate muffin was definitely a classic but pleasing preparation.
How can one do a luxurious brunch without a cocktail? I'm pretty sure it's impossible. Thus, I was forced by convention to order The Pineapple Express, a very sweet and very girly cocktail with pineapple, vodka, and elderflower. Although the foodie in me felt I shouldn't enjoy such a sweet, crowd-pleasing drink, the "basic" girl in me really loved it. Sometimes you just can't fight who you are.
We also ordered a plate of avo toast, because duh. Slices of avocado were thickly cut and layered elegantly on top of a thick loaf that was very lightly toasted, making it a slightly heavier version of the typical brunch staple. Because of the heftiness, it seems like it really shouldn't have worked, but it somehow did. The bread wasn't particularly toasted, yet I didn't mind the thick fluffiness of it, and it was balanced out by the generous portion of avocado. Nicely salted (do I remember a drizzle of truffle oil?) and topped with some red chili flakes, it was definitely a pleasing dish. I think it could've used a bit more acid (a squeeze of lemon would've sufficed), and a bit less cilantro (though cilantro lovers would surely disagree) would've elevated it a bit.
Definitely the pinnacle of our indulgent brunch, the Lobster Scramble really upped the ante when it comes to rich breakfasts. Scrambled eggs and fish isn't an obvious combination to the general public, but it's one that has become increasingly popular and weirdly works really well-- particularly for the scrambled eggs and uni combo. Generous chunks of lobster were mixed in with creamy scrambled eggs, with a healthy dollop of caviar on top and a serious drizzle of truffle oil. Unsurprisingly, the dish was very rich, but definitely really tasty, flavorful, and very satisfying. Because of the level of richness, you can really only have a few bites, so I recommend splitting this amongst a table.
In case we hadn't indulged enough, we decided the Wagyu Burger was a nice, light follow-up to the Lobster Scramble (lol). In all seriousness, it was a good burger. The wagyu beef patty was predictably very tasty, and I enjoyed the toasty bun. It came with an onion-mushroom sauce, making it a fairly simple presentation but similarly rich. Definitely a tasty burger, I also would've enjoyed it with the usual fixings of onion, tomato, and lettuce, simply to balance out the richness.
We finished off the meal with a sweet treat in the form of the Brioche French Toast, which, though sweet, was a nice departure from some of the richer dishes of the meal. It was actually a bit crispy on the outside, and definitely thick and bready on the inside. Another good dish.
Overall, the brunch at Firefly was a luxe and rich affair. It was fun to take a short departure from my typical brunch choices and indulge my inner Princess. Though I think some of the dishes could've benefitted from some acid and a bit of lightness, they were certainly tasty and satisfying options if you're in the mood to #treatyoself.