It’s those times when you open your eyes to see the digital screen on your bedside table reading 2pm, you’ve hit the snooze button so many times your alarm clock gave up and self-destructed, your only incentive to get out of bed is that you’re so hungry you’d settle for week-old meatball arrabiata (you can’t tell whether that white stuff growing on it is mould)…you get the picture. It’s those times that you wish there was just somewhere where you could grab a quick slice of quality pizza and a bowl of hot chips. That’s where Firefly Lodge comes in. From 3pm-6pm Mondays to Saturdays and 3pm-8:30pm on Sundays, you can get rustic pizzas for $16 rather than the usual $24. It used to be $10, and then half prize, but I supposed they figured since it was so popular…
1. I’d never actually eat week-old meatball arrabiata with mould growing on it.
2. This is just the scenario that I think back to when I tell myself this could have easily happened today to convince myself that I needed more lunch than I’d already had.
Part of the main plaza of Lane Cove shops, Firefly Lodge is relatively new and occupies a prominent corner position in the relatively recently-built shopping centre which houses Woolworths and adjoins to the library. It’s nice and open; you can see kids playing in the middle of the plaza while busy shoppers rush by on their way to Coles. You can choose to sit inside or outside. I went for one of the tables inside with the leather seats on one side.
Battered potato fries with two sauces
These are excellent. The outside is crispy, but when you bite through the crunchy outer shell, the soft potato centre is just right and isn’t too dry. They’ve also got the amount of salt perfect. These have got to be some of the best chips I’ve had (of course I say this every time I discover really great chips but for now, this is it). You can choose to dip them in aioli which has a creamy garlic taste which I really like, but if you’re more of a tomato sauce person, they have that too.
They also have their specialty: zucchini chips. These aren’t my personal favourite as I find zucchini in a chip rather bland, but if you’re looking for something unique, that’s something to try.
Rustic pizza with prosciutto, rocket and shaved parmesan
There are eight slices per pizza so there’s enough for 2-3 people to share. What makes these special is the crust doesn’t extend past the cheesy part of the pizza and that it’s so thin that it’s practically not there, the chefs certainly did a good job maximising the GOOD part of the pizza (though occasionally I do enjoy chewing on a bit of crust). The saltiness of the prosciutto and shaved parmesan work nicely together. After all, prosciutto and cheese were always meant to be.
On the promenade,
24 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove
(02) 9420 1629