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Bistro 5 - Inconsistent Service


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Bistro 5 - Inconsistent Service

Wannadaddy | | Aug 16, 2005 08:21 AM

We have just moved to West Medford and thought we would try out the area's alleged culinary gem Bistro 5.

We came away with a kind of "hmmmm" vibe, and apologizing to our guests for having taken them there. We had the 5 course $65 tasting menu with a $22 wine pairing. The wine pairing was absolutely excellent, and it was easily the best part of the meal. The food was OK. Mushroom soup, followed by rabbit, followed by Quail, followed by Lamb and then your choice of dessert. One of the problems, was that I was particularly underwhelmed by the Mushroom soup which was both cold (we had watched it waiting to be served for a long time), and had in it a burnt piece of toast whose thorough carbonization marred the flavor of the soup.

The service was scrappy, at best, and not of an appropriate level of professionalism for the establishment the Bistro 5 aspires to be. For example there was a very odd allocation of flatware. Every course each diner (remember we were all eating the same dish) would receive a different number of knives and forks and spoons, which were then placed randomly around the placesetting. My father led the pack averaging 2 knives and a few forks each course, whilst my husband only managed an average of one knife, but it was imaginatively placed anywhere but the customary right-hand side.

So all in all with the exception of the wine-pairing, it is not somewhere I would return (even though I live very close).