Until I fell in love with Five Corners Kitchen, I didn't realize how much light and lighting play into my feeling of well being in a restaurant space. At 5CK, you enter a high ceiling airy light- filled white-walled space, where the 2-sided facade is floor to ceiling windows, and the floor, tables, and chairs are all dark brown. As dusk descends and the restaurant opens for dinner, votive candles glow in the windows and on all the tables. It is surely romantic, and, even when it is its busiest, there is an overriding sense of calm and quiet magic. Whether you are outside looking in, or inside looking out, the scene is that of a just-opened jewel box.
It takes us about 30-40 minutes to drive there from Winchester, but we have had many wonderful dinners and brunches there the last few years. Monday night we had what may have been our most stellar meal there. When I jumped at the description of Handmade pasta with Duck confit and Carbonara, i wondered if it would be too overthetop rich, but chef/owner Barry Edelman created a dish of well balanced indulgence that I am daily mind-savoring. On the other end of the see-saw, My Love had "the best salmon he could imagine", a generous 6 ounce filet, roasted perfectly rare, in a piquant honey and red wine beurre rouge. Some divine house-made gelatos capped a perfect dinner.
The 5CK website does not maintain a fully updated menu, so I hope you will run up soon to Marblehead to catch those two entrees before they change! What a great way to celebrate Spring!