I don't see many reviews of 5A5 Steak Lounge in the Jackson Square area, so decided to add a few thoughts after dinner last night with my husband.
* Maguro shooter was simple and good, hamachi shooter was much tastier at Alexander Steakhouse. Both were reasonably priced at $4 each for a decent amount of fish.
* Lobster tempura: Perfectly cooked lobster, very moist and tender inside with lovely sweet lobster flavors. I'd prefer the tempura to be slightly crunchier but that's just me. The sweet & sour sauce was okay but I preferred the lobster without.
* Seared foie gras: Nothing exciting
* Truffle french fries: It seems hundreds of restaurants do truffle fries, but I liked how 5A5 rough-cut their fries and left the skins on, and fried them to a medium-brown color instead of a pale gold. This gave the fries a much more rustic look & taste than normal which I surprisngly liked.
* Special bone-in filet: really quite disappointing. Some of it was a bit tough, and there was little beefy flavor. It seemed there was some strange sauce on top which detracted from the flavor. Would not order it again.
* 100% wagyu ribeye: Pretty expensive at almost $20/ounce, but very tender and flavorful. I got the 4 oz, and while it's more filling than normal steak due to the fat content, would recommend getting 8 oz as the right size with appeeizers. I liked the garlic puree with it although it wasn't really necessary. I was a bit disappointed that it was Chilean wagyu since the front of their menu boasted about having wagyu from Japan, but maybe i mis-read it. Next time I would order the $145 wagyu sampler -- seems expensive but at least it comes with 12 oz of beef.
Dessert was the earl gray panna cotta, which was nicely creamy and I loved the yuzu curd and lemon foam which really complemented the flavor. I'm normally not a fan of dessert but I liked how this was not very sweet, and was a nice ending to the meal.
Overall I wasn't wowed by 5A5 but thought it was fine for a business dinner or a place in the area. Prices are lower than Alexander's Steakhouse, so this would be a good place for a taste of 100% wagyu without having to shell out a couple of Benjamins. However I'd avoid the normal steaks. On Mondays, bottles of wine are half off which is a great deal considering their markup is very reasonable. We got a 2007 Frank Family cab for $42, which is a couple dollars cheaper than what we paid for a bottle at the winery!
10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
5A5 Steak Lounge
244 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94111