Two of my university friends and I had dinner at Five Doors North last night. I had raved about this restaurant to one of my friends. Summerlicious dinner is $25 + tax & tip. We sat near the front of the restaurant near the tiny patio out front. We had noticed that their specials included elk. We were tempted to try the dish rather than go with the fix prixe menu.
While waiting for our other friend we got the rosemary foccacia ($1/person) and a pitcher of sangria ($39.96). The sangria isn’t as good as the one I had in Toledo, Spain. It’s not as sweet as I would have preferred it however the alcohol is quite strong. The fruits used include green apples, oranges and limes.
One friend ordered the baked goat cheese polenta for the appetizer, grilled black tiger shrimp roasted corn salad for the entree and creme brulee for dessert. Another friend ordered the baked goat cheese polenta for the appetizer, Miami ribs for the entree and creme brulee for dessert. I ordered the grilled asparagus salad, Miami ribs and creme brulee. I was interested in the corn, sweet potato, coconut chowder however I decided to go with salad since a friend and I were splitting a pitcher of sangria.
The Grilled Asparagus Salad is comprised of grilled asparagus, arugula, Olive Oil Poached Tomatoes, Gorgonzola Cheese and Chianti Vinaigrette. The grilled asparagus was tasty while the tomatoes surprised me since I expected it to be warm or cooked rather than cold since the asparagus is cooked. I never had Gorgonzola cheese before and I discovered that it has a really strong flavour since it is an Italian blue cheese.
The baked goat cheese polenta is baked goat’s cheese with polenta, sundried tomato paste and pesto on a bed of arugula. One of my friends said that the sundried tomato is only on half of the polenta. Quality control for the polenta could be improved since we were all under the impression that the sundried tomatoes, like the pesto, would cover the whole area of the polenta rather than just a portion of it.
Szechuan Marinated Miami Ribs comes with coleslaw. My friend thought it was too sour while I thought the coleslaw has a strong something to it. The ribs were good albeit too charred along the edges. I think I prefer their baby back ribs from Winterlicious compared to the Miami ribs.
Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp Roasted Corn Salad comes with Chipotle Aioli. My friend enjoyed it.
The creme brulee was delicious. The custard was nice and creamy while the top was a bit hard and crunchy.
I am definitely coming back here soon to try their elk if they still offer that dish. Overall, this is becoming my favourite midtown restaurant.