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Jul 23, 2014 07:46 PM

Great Seafood Dinner at Marblehead's Five Corners Kitchen 7/22/14

Wow. Beautiful light airy room- with- a-view, comfortable seating, welcoming professional service, impeccably fresh seafood (including Striper 'from down the street' .) We were major Happy Campers.

Each dish was a Highlight:
Sesame Miso Tuna (crudo) Timbale with Avocado Mousse
Daisy Bay P.E.I. Oysters ($1 @ at beginning and end of service)
House made Cavatelli w/ Duck Confit Carbonara
Daily Special Soft Shell Crabs w/ Thai Red Curry Sauce
Skate w/ Lemon Beurre Noir
Gelato Trio- Honey Nougat, Choc.Hazelnut, Cinnamon (out of ~ 10 flavors)
Bar- made Blueberry Mint Soda

During and after tonight's dinner, the awareness that really hit home for me- was that this chef (Barry Edelman, owner/chef, formerly of Aquitaine Boston) has the admirable ability to both prepare and present his food beautifully, but as important, he has a very fine-tuned sense of flavor compatibility and proper seasoning needs. Not once did I need salt , or pepper, or 'more ___'. What a rare treat that is.
I.e. in the hands of a less talented chef, a Pasta with Duck Confit Carbonara could hit you over the head with competing peppery rich flavors, but Edelman's treatment was toned down yet unctuous and sublime.
After lingering a bit, we drove 5 minutes to the harbor and watched the sunset and the boats coming in for the night.
Can't wait to go back!

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  1. I also had a great time there recently - we lingered over some very good cocktails at the bar, and had those $1 oysters, along with charcuterie, cheese, and shishito peppers. Great, friendly service - it seemed like just about everyone there was a regular.

    1. Sounds like an awesome menu. Excited to get over there and try it. Marblehead is worth a day trip and checking out the lighthouse, fort sewall, and the harbor during the summer months (I grew up there). They have a lot of fishing out of their harbor which could definitely provide the restaurant with some fresh fish.

      1. We're lucky enough to live a few minutes away, and have made 5CK a weekly occurrence, at least - the wonderful thing is, their seafood is so spectacular (try the salmon next time), and usually light enough, that I don't feel like a pig eating at such a high-end restaurant that regularly. It made losing Sycamore (when we moved from Newton a year ago) much less of a loss.

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        1. re: cjd260

          yes,I'LL say!! and NOW you have the Ocean, you lucky thing !!

        2. I've had both the soft shell crab and duck carbonara on my last two visits... Good Eating!