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Review of Five Front

LBG | Dec 23, 2002 10:24 AM

Went to Five Front in DUMBO last night was delighted with the service and food. Started off with a friend at the restaurant's bar, which is relaxing and warm: Beautiful wood and brick, as well as flattering light. The bartender Omar was amiable and offered up his recommendations on the menu - which were right on the money. The wine list isn't extensive, but I had a nice Australian Cab/Merlot blend at his suggestion. Then we settled into the back room for dinner. I wanted to start with the curried mussels, but my companion was allergic to shellfish. So, we made an alternate selection. Didn't end up feeling deprived. We split a delicious plate of short rib dumplings. Fabulously meaty and rich - drizzled with an even richer demi-glace. Decadent, but just right for an appetizer portion. For a main course I heeded Omar's advice and got the pork tenderloin. Very large portion of perfectly cooked meat with a flavorful tomato, olive, caper and fennel sausage sauce. It also came with white beans. Really good - and only $15. My friend opted for a rack of lamb special. Delicious. We didn't have room for dessert - although our waitress informed us that the pumpkin bread pudding was fabulous. (The staff was about to order one for themselves!) Finished off with coffee. And, happily it was really good java. Always disappointed when a great meal is capped off with lackluster coffee. But, Five Front didn't disappoint. The service, food, ambience and price was right. If the chef and staff can keep up the good work, I think Brooklyn has a new culinary winner.

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