Take Five Bistro has a very cool vibe to it. Wooden floors, dark colors, just right noise level, casual but chic dress, and Erie street ambiance. There is reasonable parking nearby (make sure to pay the ticket machine as the enforcers get commission on tickets). Obviously, you need Canadian coinage to pay the machine (just FYI). T5B is only 5 minutes from the tunnel and easy to find. If the customs agent hasn’t heard of it they must new. I came via Detroit.
It’s a chop and steakhouse with Ontario grade AAA beef/veal products hand cut on premises. You can choose the size of your cut as they have the whole piece. The meat quality at our table was truly prime steer/veal. Tenderloin tips in balsamic sauce with house made bread will happily get you going as an app as the party gets started.
My host had the cedar planked salmon roulade and he almost ate the plank and they won’t need to wash the plate it was so clean. Potatoes (an au gratin style) were special. His bride had the petite (6oz) filet with potatoes and veg and another clean plate. She is particular about medium rare and it was spot on.
I had the mustard crusted veal chop (16 oz). Many of the steak/chop dishes have a bleu cheese/mustard/glaze option and I should have known myself better. The veal (cooked very correctly) was so d**n tasty that the mustard + panko got in my way of devouring the thing (too salty overall with the mustard). There is nothing wrong with the menu options/choices; it was just not for me that day. I took the chop home and the next day after snacking it looked like the dog got after the bone it was that good. They offer a deconstructed Caesar salad that was tasty but I didn’t get the reason for the manipulation.
Overall not cheap but the service level (I mean when is the last time you saw white glove entrée delivery) knowledgeable and funny staff and meat quality rarely seen today it’s a good go for date night or special night out. I hear Friday’s and Saturday’s they have kangaroo (had it before and it’s very lean but fun) and prime rib as well.
I was a guest but it was about $40 CDN/pp without wine (+2 bottles Pelligrino), one shared starter and no coffee. They take credit cards. With Ontario 13% tax and tip included I would say it’s worth the border crossing and then some.
Take Five Bistro
1068 Erie Street E
Windsor, ON N9A 3Z2