5A5 Steak House Review
I had an opportunity to try 5A5 Steak House, which has been operating out of the old Frisson space in Jackson Square for about 8 months. The meal was mixed in both quality and presentation. I started with the iceberg wedge. It was uninspired. The bacon slices were cut thick, but they were rubbery and cold. The blue cheese dressing was too light and watery. Although I appreciated the selection of beef -- ranging from Australian F1, Japanese Wagyo and American cuts -- I thought the pricing was high. I understand that the resto prides itself on having the finest cuts around and that, to get those cuts, you have to pay more for them. But $120 for a 8 ounce Wagyo steak is a bit much in these hard economic times, isn't it? I had an American bone-in filet cut for about $30. It was okay. Part of the filet was tender and sweet. The rest was fatty and hard to cut. Seems like a lot for $30. The sides were not much better. I had potatoes and mushroom sides. Neither stood out in taste or presentation. I'm going to go back and give it enough shot because I like steak. Next time I'll try a different cut of steak and the fries. But if the resto doesn't markedly improve, I will not come back. Frankly, I have concerns about its viability. That's a hard space to make work and the place was largely empty when I went there.