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Stellar Double B'Day Dinner at Five Corners Kitchen, Marblehead

opinionatedchef | Jun 19, 201511:16 PM

After a beautiful afternoon, meeting dogs and absorbing our fav ocean views at Marblehead's Fort Sewall, we had an impromptu late night (9:30) double B'day celebration dinner at Five Corners Kitchen (double being Paul McCartney and me. We toasted Paul in absentia.) When we stopped in, we didn't know if they would be closed, but far from it. From Brunch and previous early dinners, we knew their bar was popular, but last night it was obvious that it stays busy into the late hours. So it was going strong and the kitchen wasn't closing til ~10.

Energetically welcomed by sparkley Stephanie, we settled into the warm attractive room aglow with flickering candles and glass lights. After a special treat of buttery flavorful Duxbury oysters, I tucked into one of the best pasta dishes I've had in Boston (move over, Coppa!). Grandmother's Pasta was an especially toothsome bigoli with shaved garlic, escarole, anchovies, sauteed hazelnuts and Parm. WOW and Wow again. It was packed with well balanced flavors and textures but it was not creamy heavy. My main felt like a perfect follow-up -- bright Mediterranean rare- grilled salmon with a base of tahini and harissa couscous and chickpeas, with the added crunch of mint and cucumber. I was so enamored of my own dishes that I had no room for My Love's, but he was thrilled with his silky corn soup with poblano shrimp vinaigrette, and roasted chicken with bacon and fennel. We coasted to an end with a fascinating and lovely sorbet- watermelon with a subtle herb melange.
The whole evening was a grand success and it really complemented all the many delicious meals we've had there.And this current menu is particularly dense with seductive choices, so we look forward to returning soon.

(* Unfortunately, they don't keep their web menus updated, so call for specific dishes.)

Coppa Enoteca,
5 Corners Kitchen
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