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The Fifth

sunburn | Aug 11, 2004 02:37 PM

My family took me to this restaurant on Richmond and John St in the Clubbing District. You enter through the posh club "Easy" where you take an old wooden freight elevator to the fifth and top floor. The room is small with a bar running along one wall. Large windows look onto the terrace which serves a less expensive menu. The room has an airy, casual but luxurious feel (lots of candles).

The menu is prix fixe at $85 with about 5 choices for each course. Tiny olives and Heirloom cherry tomatoes flavoured with a light sweet anise coating came with the table along with some nice bread. The first amuse bouche was salmon sashimi on some bread with some greens. Tasty but the bread wasn't needed. They started with warm lobster tails and I had the shrimp ceviche. The spicy lime was nicely balanced by a mango salsa. The next amuse bouche was lime and mint sorbet in vanilla vodka. The vodka was a nice surprise. For the main course we had beef tenderloin, lamb and rabbit. Both the lamb and the tenderloin were enjoyed although more chantelle mushrooms would have been better. I had the rabbit, which was amazingly tender but bland. The fois grois terrine rectified this. White asparagus, fresh peas and baby turnips topped off a great dish. The desserts were delicious, especially the home made sorbets they came with.

The service started out attentive but by the end of the meal had faltered. They failed to deliver a glass of wine that was ordered and they didn't offer us coffee.

Overall, we all had a great time and enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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