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5th Element on Queen W at Portland

justsayn Aug 16, 2011 07:36 AM

Has anybody been? I've not heard a peep about this place and it is a groupon today. Searched on CH and found nothing.


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    looz Nov 25, 2011 07:05 PM

    We've been a couple of times (bought one of the coupons.) It's pretty good. The first time we went they seemed to be Indian/Italian fusion, the second time, it was just Indian. They seem to run a constant deal on groupon's "Now!" deals and WagJag's equivalent instant deals, and they have a prix fixe menu as well. Not the best place I've ever been, but pretty good, and an excellent value with the coupons.

    1. foodyDudey Aug 16, 2011 07:56 AM

      This is the 3rd time they are selling coupons since April if that means anything.

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      1. re: foodyDudey
        edfs72 Aug 16, 2011 08:20 AM

        I think they've been offering it once a month for the past year..

        I went there when they were on Bay Street a couple of years ago. They had a 2 for 1 deal going on back then. I remember being it pretty good for a fairly good price. $40 for 2 with a drink/tax/tip iirc. Haven't been recently tho

        Bay Street Cafe
        22 Bay St, Parry Sound, ON P2A1S5, CA

        1. re: edfs72
          justsayn Aug 16, 2011 08:22 AM

          Says it all for sure...that and the fact that I have never heard anyone mention the place. : )


          1. re: edfs72
            ingloriouseater Aug 16, 2011 10:05 AM

            They used to occupy the space currently held by Crown Princess. They were for a time quite popular and quite good, I was surprised when they closed-not sure why.

            Crown Princess
            1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

            1. re: ingloriouseater
              Underdog Rally Aug 16, 2011 10:44 AM

              I used to go every couple of months when they were on Bay St. Despite menus that looked good on paper, the food was really inconsistent. I think the new incarnation is owned by the same chef, though the previous owner/manager led me to believe that he had left the business. We found that when the chef-owner was in the kitchen, we got really good food. Otherwise, we'd be stuck with poorly seasoned, dry food.

              I haven't been to the new place, but their 2 for 1 deals were generally good value. They're a bit of a loss leader though, just to get people in the door.

              1. re: Underdog Rally
                foodyDudey Aug 16, 2011 11:01 AM

                In the pictures I've seen, the food looks really good. I've been considering buying a coupon just to try it out. It looks about 100x better tyhan the highly esteemed Lahore Tikka "Hut"

                1. re: foodyDudey
                  loodle Aug 16, 2011 03:03 PM

                  That's probably because 5th Elementt classifies itself as "fine dining" whereas Lahore Tikka is more of a casual family place. Besides, food can look good but taste pretty crappy.

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