Until now, tapas -- bar snacks and savories that originated in the Basque regions of northern Spain -- have been slow to arrive in Vegas, in spite of achieving popularity in larger cities. That may all change with the addition of Firefly.
The restaurant belongs to a couple of Mon Ami Gabi alums, and they clearly have the savvy to execute the concept. This is a smallish place housed in a mini mall that's already home to several restaurants, among them Ruth's Chris Steak House, Marrakech and Hakase Japanese Cuisine.
But Firefly, with its green, sponge-painted walls, Dali-esque chairs and backlit bar, has a certain style, and the ever-changing menu and late-night hours are sure to draw the attention of curiosity seekers and after-show partiers.
Cooking here, done by chef John Simmons, is all over the map, but generally intelligent and well-executed. Partner Ramon Triay admits that not all menu items are tapas per se, but more like facsmilies. You can, for instance, order croquettes or clams steamed with white wine and chorizo sausage -- dishes that appear in Spanish bars -- but you can also find Japanese shrimp tempura with ponzu dipping sauce.
A few of the must-haves include babyback ribs with a mango barbecue sauce, merguez (spicy lamb sausage), old-fashioned steak frites (a skirt steak with some Parmesan-dusted French fries) and, of course, fruity sangria.