Restaurants & Bars 4

The Fifth, Toronto

Chili | Jun 10, 2002 12:26 PM

In order to celebrate the successful completion of a recent endeavour, my fiancee and I went to The Fifth (Richmnod Street, Toronto) for dinner. Half the experience is getting to the restaurant - across the empty dance floor of the nightclub and up an old freight elevator. The restaurant is quite beautifully decorated and very sophisticated. Service was excellent. Dinner began with an escargot in herbed-butter - very nice. For appetizers we had an amazing terrine of foie gras - really one of the best foie gras preparations I've ever had. However, for the price I found the portion to be quite stingy. We also had a scampi and mango salad - quite nice, but not exceptional. A sorbet followed. Main courses: a very good roasted saddle of lamb and a perfectly prepared beef tenderloin. Dessert: a very nice cheese plate for me and a melted chocolate cake for her. I must also mention their wine list, which is fairly small, but quite reasonably priced by restaurant standards (roughly 100% mark-up from LCBO prices for the bottles that I was familiar with it).

Overall impression: superbly prepared, fairly traditional French food. I did not find the food particularily exciting, but they clearly use the best ingredients and take care with their handling of it. On balance, however, I don't think I will return because the price just does not seem reasonable for what you get (fixed price of $80 per person). I think that amount of money could get you a better meal at several of Toronto's high-end eateries.

Any other opinions out there?

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