My friends and I decided to eat dinner yesterday at Five Doors North. The Winterlicious menu is $25 + tax and tip. It’s a really quaint, decently sized restaurant. The decor was interesting in that the lighting was from hanging lampshades and mini chandeliers along with candles on the tables, although the lighting was abit dim. There’s music playing in the background and at times I couldn’t really hear my friends talk due to the background noise. The service was fantastic and prompt. Due to the weather this past Saturday, my friends and I were slightly late for our reservations and we took a while to decide on what to order since there are 5 appetizers and 6 entrees to choose from.
In the end, one friend had the Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds for the appetizer, Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad for the entree and the Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert. Another friend had the Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash, Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction for the appetizer and Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding for dessert. We split the Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce and BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans because we both wanted to try the two mains. I had the Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto for the appetizer and Crème Brulee for dessert.
When we sat down, we were provided with water and slices of bread. There’s a bottle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and ground black pepper on the table. The bread was alright, it wasn’t as good as the bread I had at Au Pied du Cochon in Montreal. Our table was close to the bar and kitchen so I noticed that their alcohol selection is fairly extensive.
My friend really enjoyed the beet salad. The beet was nice and sweet while the cream was a nice touch to the dish.
My other friend loved the pork belly with butternut squash and sweet onion reduction. It had a crispy, crunch skin while the meat was really tender and quite juicy. The butternut squash mash with caramelized apples and sweet onion reduction was a nice touch to the pork belly.
I loved the goat cheese polenta with sundried tomato and pesto on a bed of leafy greens. I feel that you can never go wrong with the goat cheese, sundried tomato and pesto combination. Although I didn’t really see or taste the sundried tomato in the polenta.
The pumpkin seed crusted salmon with mango and red pepper salad was really good, my friend loved the dish. The mango and salmon combination is superb.
When my friends asked whether I prefer the pork belly or the goat cheese polenta I told them I couldn’t really choose between the two cause it’s almost like comparing apples and oranges, I loved different aspects of each. When my friend and I split the BBQ baby back ribs and the veal striploin, I had a preference. I absolutely loved the BBQ baby back ribs. The baby back ribs were fall off the bone or nearly fall off the bone tender and juicy and the baked beans sauce just added another dimension to it. I had the veal striploin cooked medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. The green peas, mushroom, potatoes with gravy complimented the veal striploin but my friend and I couldn’t really figure out what was missing from the dish in order to make it on par with the ribs.
My friend also enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake. It has a very chocolatey taste to it, I think they used dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate to make it.
My other friend loved the bread pudding. Bread pudding is baked french toast as my friend aptly describes it.
I enjoyed the creme brulee. The caramel was a thin layer that wasn’t too hard to break. The custard was smooth and creamy.
Overall, I recommend this restaurant for their service and food quality. If you have time in the next week and a half, take advantage of their Winterlicious menu and make your reservations.