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Aug 16, 2011 07:36 AM

5th Element on Queen W at Portland

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

    6 Replies
    1. re: foodyDudey

      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

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


        1. re: edfs72

          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

            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

              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

                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.

      2. 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.