You Need To Go To Firefly Sydney For Dinner
Firefly is a side plate share and wine bar in Neutral Bay, Sydney and has for the past eight years been the pride and joy of Sydney restauranteur, Daniel Sofo. We even spoke to him here on all things ‘restauranting in Sydney’ and he’s a great read.
It’s got all the hallmarks of something great: a cosy layout, homely touches, dark and inviting decor and a selection of wine that would spin the head of any leading sommelier; but it’s all of these things together – coupled with excellent staff, quality food and divine atmosphere – that make Firefly something the locals have come to know, love and influence.
It’s known for it’s share plates and mains, proximity to the local Neutral Bay theatre – aptly inspiring the ‘Firefly’ name as its customers flit in-and-out on their way to-and-from the theatre – and wine, the selection of which doesn’t leave you wanting.
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Lovingly titled ‘the Wall of Pinot’, Firefly stocks up-yo 90 varietals of pinot noir wine at any one time. It’s truly outstanding; but that’s not to overshadow the fact these wines come from all over Australia and often are a once-only run. From established labels to the ‘random-fine-like’ cleanskins that wine lovers relish over, the wall of house wine is one to be marvelled over, sampled and loved. Inspired by the people who built Firefly into the customer’s local it has become, it’s a homely and welcoming testament to the time Sofo has spent on his pride and joy.
But it’s the food that sets your heart racing. Inspired by the cuisines of the world, it seems to be an eclectic mix of the east, the west, north and south, honing-in on richness of flavour but lightness of substantiality.
From a buffet that has it all to individual starter and main-sized plates, the offering at Firefly is deliberate and generous. Whether it’s a refreshingly zesty ceviche, a light and simple beetroot salad or a substantially marinated pork belly with hoisin flavours, shoots and enough fat to let the meat really go well-appreciated Firefly does food well.
It all stems from the passion of the man behind it, the love of the locals for it and the sweet resignation it offers locals from the busy Sydney life.
Check it out at 24 Young Street, Neutral Bay NSW.
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