Firefly - Flyt away $$
I am still collecting on the birthday dinners and last night we were taken out to Firefly (my choice upon recs from the Board). Reservation at 7.30 was honored despite our late arrival (we called ahed) and the bar was already jammed - it looked like a receipe for the fire Dept. to come in there were so many bodies.
The restaurant is nicely set out, pleasing in fact however the noise level is astro decibel (if that is a sounds description). Deafening is the word and hard for one of the party who is deaf to start with. She was most patient. Its a lively room and the beginning service was prompt, however I must have just crawled out from under a rock because the prices on the menu were more from an upscale restaurant in an upscale location than a seedy stretch of east Studio City.
My Monkfish served with a leek cream sauce was $26 and came unadorned (someone should tell the chef to chop up the leek because eating whole stringy leeks, even to a leeks lover, is difficult at best. We shared a cauliflour side ($8) and an apple gouda salad ($12) very good, different with a cider vinegar dressing. None of the entrees or the sides were sufficient to share but I had already had a spanking lunch at the Kings Head so I wasn't really very hungry. The others had swordfish (also $26) and then was a piece no more than 4-6oz, chicken dish and a spaghetti dish - no complaints except the food took an hour to come and we were all overcome by the noise at that moment, it was that bad.
I did not see the final bill but even sharing sides, the entree came to $36 and I thought that was very steep for a local bistro.
I think I need a more subdued locale or an avoidance of out and about on Saturday night.
Not sure where you got the idea that Studio City was a cheap neighborhood; it's not. If you're looking for a cheap bistro, try Sherman Oaks for Cafe Bizou. (Not that Bizou will be subdued at 8pm on a Saturday night, either.)
I'm not too sure about your description of Ventura and Colfax as seedy Studio City. It is one of the highest priced neighborhoods in the entire Valley, and even that one block stretch has quality restaurants such as La Loggia, Killer Shrimp, Spark, LaLas, Matsuda, Kung Pao Bistro, and Talesai.
You may not like them all, but many others do. Does not look like Mistral, but few places or neighborhoods do.
I like Firefly, and would return any time someone asked. Great setting, especially for the summer, as you experienced. You don't necessarily go for the food, but for the entire evening's experience of fun, decent food and drink.