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Ain’t it Something: A Review of FireFly Asian

FireFly Asian is a Chinese restaurant in Karachi that features classic dishes with the perfect twist. Prices are slightly higher, but it's worth every rupee - the portions are hearty and generous. Service is friendly and efficient, while the ambience gives off major Wong Kar-wai vibes.

Updated Apr 19, 2023

Editor’s Rating


What we don’t like

  • A bit out of the way

Hey there, it’s your favorite foodie back at it again with another review! Today, I’m bringing you my thoughts on FireFly Asian. As a food blogger, I’ve eaten at my fair share of Chinese restaurants in Karachi, but FireFly Asian has stood out to me. It was like I had stumbled upon the culinary equivalent of the Forbidden City but with a much better soundtrack. (Seriously, they were playing some killer tunes.)

And don’t even get me started on the food – it was so good that I felt like I was in a scene from Ratatouille, where the food critic experiences a flashback to his childhood. But I don’t want to give it all away just yet. You’ll have to keep reading to see if this restaurant lived up to the hype or if it fell as flat as the last season of Game of Thrones (ouch, sorry, not sorry). 

Taste: Chop-Tastic

Let’s recount, shall we? I would like to begin by applauding the Szechuan Dumplings. They were extremely delicate, and it was similar to consuming little pieces of heaven. Additionally, loading the dumplings were gentle chicken pieces that floated in an ocean of flavorful, zesty Szechuan sauce. With every mouthful, each ingredient seemed to have a distinct flavor, be it the tasty chicken or the burning red pepper flakes – with just the right amount of spice to keep things interesting.

Next up, the Street Satay. You know when you’re walking down a busy street, and you catch a whiff of something sizzling on a grill? That’s exactly what this dish tasted like. The meat was so tender and juicy, and that spicy dressing? It was like the secret sauce from the best street vendor you’ve ever encountered. Every bite left me wanting more.

Then there was the Basil Chicken, a dish that made me feel like I was living in a wok-fried paradise. Its tender chicken strips and a generous helping of basil added just the right amount of herbaceousness. It was like the chef had taken a classic dish and put their own twist on it, creating something truly unique and unforgettable.

And don’t even get me started on The Mongol Legacy. This dish was a true showstopper, with soft and juicy beef encased in a crispy, golden-brown coating. The scallions and mixed veggies added a pop of freshness that perfectly complemented the richness of the beef. And the sticky rice was the perfect vessel to soak up all the delicious flavors. It was like the culinary equivalent of Genghis Khan’s empire – bold, powerful, and utterly irresistible.

And finally, the Garlic Rice. This seemingly simple side dish was anything but – with each bite, I could taste the garlicky goodness and the perfectly cooked rice that had just the right amount of chewiness.

Price: Heavy, But You Won’t Cry

The prices at FireFly Asian are a bit higher than other restaurants in the city, but I can confidently say that it’s worth every rupee. Check them out:

  • Szechuan Dumplings: PKR 750
  • Street Satay: PKR 850
  • Basil Chicken: PKR 1220
  • The Mongol Legacy: PKR 1390
  • Garlic Rice: PKR 470

Plus, you get a lot of bang for your buck – the portions are hearty and generous, so you definitely won’t be leaving hungry.

Service: Fire-in-the-Hole

I was pleasantly surprised with the service at FireFly Asian. The staff was friendly and eager to answer any questions I had, and they were also incredibly patient while explaining their menu items. And they even provided us with pakoras as a complimentary snack!

The wait time for our food wasn’t too long – maybe a bit of a delay, but nothing else. Overall, it was satisfactory. Plus, they also offer delivery through FoodPanda! So, if you can’t make the trip to their restaurant, you can always indulge from your own couch.

Ambience: A Whole ‘Nother World

As I stepped into FireFly Asian, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in one of those epic martial arts movies, ready to take on a hoard of ninjas with my chopsticks. The interior design was straight out of a Wong Kar-wai film, with red lanterns hanging from the ceiling. 

Even the menu was giving me major Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon vibes. The atmosphere was inviting and cozy. The restaurant had a relaxed vibe, with soft lighting and some cool Chinese-inspired artwork on the walls.

Honorable Mentions: When in Doubt, Go with Thai

Ah, FireFly Asian’s Pad See-Ew Noodles. The mere mention of this dish makes my heart skip a beat. Its combination of savory chicken and the slightly sweet and salty sauce is simply divine, and the FireFly twist adds a layer of complexity that makes the dish truly special.

At PKR 944, Pad See-Ew is an absolute steal. And trust me, it’s worth every rupee. Whether you’re a die-hard Thai food fan or just looking to try something new, this dish is an absolute must-try. So go ahead, and give it a shot.

Final Verdict

I’d have to say that FireFly Asian lives up to the hype. I’m giving it two huge thumbs up. If you’re looking for an Asian dining experience that won’t disappoint, FireFly Asian is the place for you. Go ahead – treat yo’self! You deserve it. 

PS: If you do end up going, be sure to tag me in your pictures – I’d love to see how you enjoyed the meal! 

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