Firefly Lodge Lane Cove (again!)

The lure of good pizza, share plates of snack foods and ever-changing seasonal menus (not to mention easy parking) keep Monsieur Poisson and I coming back to Firefly for easy, casual meals. Combined with reasonable prices and the provision of Campos coffee has meant that we’ve also managed to convert a few friends to being frequenters as well.

Highlights of the winter menu included zucchini flowers stuffed with a mousse-like scallop and creamy stracchino filling, with aioli on the side for dipping to add extra creaminess and a garlic kick. Contrasting in flavours was the charred and smoky ‘Lamb backstrap with smoked eggplant and baked mushrooms’, as well as the earthy ‘Salad of roasted beetroot, labna and toasted walnuts’ with a sweet and sticky balsamic dressing.

A pasta or two can usually be found on the menu, with the winter offering of ‘Papardelle with slow-cooked lamb shank and aged parmesan’ particularly comforting with tender, fork-apart lamb to accompany buttered ribbons of pasta and cherry tomato halves to cut through the richness. The ‘Linguine with pork chorizo, tomato, capers and a touch of chilli’ on the current menu provides a kick of sense-awakening flavours.

Firefly’s signature rectangular pizzas with their thin bases are no longer offered at half-price on certain evenings, but this has been replaced with a $16 pizza deal on Mondays to Saturdays from 3-6pm and on Sundays from 3-8pm. Perfect for feeding the clan, Dr King has become a big fan of the pungent and seriously cheesy ‘Roast mushroom, three cheese and truffle oil pizza’. The recent addition of the ‘Pork belly and pear chutney pizza’ has Monsieur Poisson and I revelling in the delights of fatty belly chunks inter-splodged with tangy pear chutney with an after-note of heat.

But it’s their latest share items of ‘Wagyu sliders’ and ‘Scotched eggs with spicy unami sauce’ which have captured my heart. Four mini-burgers with thick patties, aged cheddar, tangy gherkins and a spicy tomato relish are a steal at only $15. (Incidentally, the menu states three burgers to a serve but somehow we’ve received four?) A plate of these along with Firefly’s battered potato or zucchini fries and that’s lunch sorted for two people, I reckon. The panko-coated scotched eggs are $12 for two, but are quite filling and could be shared between four people. I can’t pick the exact flavours of the ‘spicy unami sauce’ but it definitely is tasty.

Dessert brings us to the ‘Black Russian Tart’ ordered out of curiosity when described to us as a cocktail reinterpreted in dessert form. There’s nothing not to love about this boozy tart with its chocolate biscuit crumb crust, wobbly filling and almost-solid chocolate top layer. A scoop of mascarpone and beautifully-fanned strawberry provide relief from the sugar.

The ‘Firefly mess’ is one for the serious sweet-tooths, with poached pear, fresh strawberry slices and drizzles of strawberry sauce in amongst crumbled meringue pieces. I suspect it’s the sauce which, tasting like strawberry jam, is what pushes me over the sugar ledge and has me putting my spoon down after only three mouthfuls. Monsieur Poisson powers on with gusto however and, despite proclaiming it as one of the sweetest desserts he’s ever had, finishes everything bar the pool of strawberry sauce at the base! Feeling up to a sugar challenge? Try this while it’s still on the menu.

Lane Cove Market Place (entrance on paved street mall connecting Burns Bay Rd & Longueville Rd), 24 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove NSW
Tel: (02) 9420 1629

Opening Hours:  7 days..8am-10pm (breakfast until 3pm daily)

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happy eating!


  1. oh man, the wagyu sliders look superb! so does the superb... may have to give this place a visit!

  2. can never have too much cheese :P

  3. oh wow that Firefly mess really is super messy! I bet it's a delicious mess though :)

  4. This looks like my kind of restaurant. And I see scotch eggs are on the menu! You are right - they are popping up everywhere.

  5. The food looks scrummy....I'm keen to try a scotch egg, they sound intereting.

  6. Yum, this all looks amazing, especially the wagyu sliders!

  7. omg that firefly mess looks crazy!! i could do with some of the lamb backstrap right hungry

  8. I went here two weeks ago. I always used to go to the original but this one has a stunning view :)

  9. i would like to try Salad of roasted beetroot, labna and toasted walnuts

  10. Those Scotched eggs looks really yummy. I don't think I could eat the firefly so sweet!

  11. I've only ever eaten the half-price pizzas (long gone! so sad!) and the zucchini chips at firefly - though maybe that's because I always end up there in between meals and not for meals. It's ludicrous that I haven't eaten there in earnest, especially seeing as it's walking distance from home!

  12. The Firefly mess is so pretty, probs too sweet for me too haha

  13. Hey gastronomous anonymous, the wagyu sliders really impressed me!

    Hey chocolatesuze, haha, plenty of cheese on their pizzas here!

    Hey Jacq, the Firefly Mess was super messy and sugary!

    Hey Hotly Spiced, because everything retro is cool again =D

    Hey MissPiggy, the scotch egg was all the rage in dinner parties of years gone-by!

    Hey catty, I know, mini-burgers - *squeeeee*!

    Hey sugarpuffi, so...much...sugar!

    Hey Cass, this is the one that's closest to me, but wondering where the original one was?

    Hey whip cream dispensers, definitely worth trying, but unfortunately not on the menu anymore.

    Hey Julie, trust my husband to be able to finish off that Firefly Mess!

    Hey shez, so much other good snacks and things to try, plus you're so close!

    Hey Fiona, yep, "full on" just about sums it up!

    Hey Vivian, pretty and a sugar coma in a glass, I tell you!


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