5100 daggett avenue
st. louis, mo 63110
sweet vermouth, lemon juice, aztec chocolate bitters, and blood orange bitters
mayor plum - nolet’s gin, averell plum gin liqueur, aperol, apricot brandy, and lemon & sparkeling rosé
moving forward to the main entrees, i selected the benne's farm pork loin with prarie breeze white cheddar polenta, claverach farm pea shoots, and a red wine reduction. while the pork was tender and had decent flavor overall, i actually found the white cheddar polenta to be the star of the dish as i really liked the grainy texture and strong cheese flavor.
carrie's choice was the fitchner farm piedmontese beef two ways (braised short rib and chuck roast) with yukon gold potato puree, ramps, turnips, and asparagus. being that carrie was abnormally hungry, i was only allowed a bite, thus not really having the chance to form my own opinion.
for dessert, two composed plates along with a sorbet offering were available. pictured above is my choice, the chocolate angel food cake with mint gelato and macerated strawberries. good but by no means great.
for carrie it was the strawberry filled doughnut with balsamic gelato. this was easily the most successful of the two desserts, as i was excited for a flavor combination that took a risk and actually made me think a little bit.
summing up my thoughts as a whole on our dinner at five is somewhat difficult for me, as i am afraid i have become somewhat jaded in regards to dining. over the past two years, i have had some incredible meals, with the first four months of 2012 being absolutely amazing. while i certainly didn't go into dinner at five expecting a meal rivaling the best of chicago and new york, i left wondering if the money i spent would have been better saved towards a future food vacation. at its price point, five definitely has a good thing going, and i would have no problem recommending the restaurant to people who do not dine out as their number one hobby. overall, nothing was bad (in fact everything was good), but to put it plainly i simply see no reason to repeat the experience.
*note on the burger, i would love to return to five again for another as it is truly awesome. however, now that lunch service is no longer offered and the burger is only available after 10pm on thursday, friday, and saturday nights, i doubt such a thing will occur as the last thing i want at that hour is a huge burger and fries.