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5th Elementt??

culinarydelight Jan 30, 2007 08:05 AM

Recently received an internet 2 for 1 offer(thru menu palace) on the prix fixe menu at 5th Elementt and wondered if anyone has tried this restaurant..on Bay near Wellesley? Menu sounds interesting and 2 for 1 makes it INCREDIBLY cheap so am sceptical???

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  1. OnDaGo RE: culinarydelight Jan 30, 2007 04:05 PM

    I walk by everyday on the way home and never see any life in the place. Many places have dies in that location. Think they are trying to be an even venue.

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      antirealist RE: OnDaGo Jan 30, 2007 04:31 PM

      It does seem to be an ill-fated location, which is odd, given that Bistro 990 is just across the street.

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        OnDaGo RE: antirealist Jan 31, 2007 03:30 AM

        no, bistro 990 is across the street from one of the top hotels is Toronto, giving them a built in client base and in a quaintold building attached to public parking. 5th Element is in the bottom of a condo behind a fountain across from the university with no real parking. A block makes a big difference...

    2. dlw88 RE: culinarydelight Jan 31, 2007 05:18 AM

      Where did you find the coupon, or can it be emailed to share?

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        culinarydelight RE: dlw88 Jan 31, 2007 09:37 AM

        Visit the link below and I believe you should be eligible for the dinner for 2 @ $30.

      2. orangewasabi RE: culinarydelight Jan 31, 2007 09:43 AM

        that location scares me -- there is NEVER anyone in there, regardless of the restaurant name on the sign. could it be the bermuda triangle?

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          ddelicious RE: culinarydelight Jan 31, 2007 11:05 AM

          I looked at their website, they also have a $15 prix fixe lunch menu. Some of the menu choices sound a bit odd, I guess its Indian Fusion or something but some combinations are a bit peculiar. Now I'm curious, wonder if its any good. I also wonder if its hard to see if anyone is in there from the street since it is so set back. They've been in business for at least a year I think, could they stay open that long if no one ever ate there?

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            ddelicious RE: ddelicious Feb 13, 2007 05:39 AM

            I just read in another thread that the owner of this place is the former owner of Banjara, which according to the board was quite good. So, anyone tried 5th element yet????

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              culinarydelight RE: ddelicious Feb 14, 2007 12:25 PM

              As far as I know, no one has yet replied to me, stating that they have been there. I am possibly going on Feb 24, will post a critique afterwards if so.

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            ace123 RE: culinarydelight Feb 14, 2007 05:40 PM

            I was invited to their grand opening reception last year. The deco was nice. There was free flow of wine. However, for food, there were only 2 finger food (tandoor chicken & 1 snack food which I don't remember). Both were in very limited quantity & tasted bland.
            I wonder why they invited a lot of guest & provided them with food that would discourage them to come back for a meal.
            I haven't been there since.

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              team_eater RE: culinarydelight Feb 19, 2007 12:39 PM

              I went last summer for lunch (I believe it was in August). It was a decent meal but not overly memorable. I had the calamari for a starter (it was not unlike what you'd get at a bar...but apparently this item's not on the menu anymore) and the crespelle rosa for my main dish. The latter was quite tasty, but probably one of the "less fusionistic" items on the menu. Some of the other combinations on the menu turned me off, even though I am usually quite adventurous. My friend had the burger and thought it was alright. The service was polite but eccentric - our waiter insisted on telling us the meanings behind our zodiac signs!

              I'd be interested in hearing your review after the 24th!

              PS. The resto was completely devoid of human life - we were the only customers the entire time.

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                culinarydelight RE: culinarydelight Feb 27, 2007 02:30 PM

                Yes, we did go to 5th Elementt on Sat. and were able to take advantage of the 2 for 1 prix fixe which was truly a bargainat $30. for 2. The scallop wrapped in smoked salmon was the best appetizer that our party enjoyed, the lamb shank was delicious as was the shrimp risotto for a main, dessert was not outstanding,,creme brule had odd "lumpy" texture and chocolate mousse was ho-hum..word of caution though , the wines were marked up very high, some 5 X , so they are making for price reduction through the alcohol. Service was excellent, owner pleasant and asking for feedback. The waitress mentioned another 2 for 1 deal in March?

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                  minto RE: culinarydelight Mar 20, 2007 11:12 AM

                  Has anyone else tried their special offers recently? Is it worth going?

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                    pickymama RE: minto Mar 30, 2007 10:33 PM

                    6 of us went there yesterday. The 2 for 1 prix fixe menu was still available (without coupon and recommended by the server). All of us had that and came to $30 per person with 1/2 bottle of wine.

                    The food was Mediterranean x Italian x Indian. The scallop wrapped in smoked salmon was good but there was only one scallop. You might want to skip the fish tempura (the fish was pink in colour (we suspect it was salmon) but it was so bland and the sauce was non-existent). The samosa and cheese was an 'interesting' combination and the portion was at least twice as big as the scallops.

                    The lobster tail in the lobster risotto was bland and tasted frozen. Risotto was seafoody and cheesy and a bit overcooked (not chewy). Lamb shank was good as it was very tender. The tandoor chicken breast was tender and juicy.

                    Agreed with culinarydelight that the creme brule was lumpy and powdery as if the mixture was poorly combined. Chocolate mousse was okay but not wow. Didn't try the third dessert.

                    Overall food wasn't bad for $30 for a 4 course meal. Service was great, and was surprised that this fine dining restaurant was child friendly. The place would probably be best for group gatherings because of its relaxed decor and layout.

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                  singe RE: culinarydelight Mar 25, 2008 05:12 AM

                  Way over-priced and horrible...I repeat...horrible food. Some of it inedible. $160. for two and we left feeling cheated, and a wee bit woozy. Big white plates does not haut-cuisine make.

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