Thursday, August 19, 2010

Midtown Review: 5th Street Cafe

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I wish I could time travel. Travel to last night right before I walked into 5th Street Cafe on Peachtree St. Do you ever have such an enjoyable dinner, great wine, even better food, good company, amazing service and you just want to stay in that moment for a long time? Well that is the night I had last night at Zaza Pachulia's newest restaurant 5th Street Cafe on the corner of Peachtree Street and 5th Street. I didn't want to leave. And now I sit here wishing I had the ability to time travel back and savor the moment even more.

Last night my roommate Jamie and I walked down Peachtree Street to try out 5th Street Cafe. Upon walking in, I was first impressed with the decor. Not at all what I was expecting (in a good way). I have run past this restaurant many times on my morning runs and for some reason had a different vision of what it would look like in there. If I could describe the ambiance of 5th Street Cafe in three words it would be: sheek, sexy and sopshisticated. The service was incredible from start to finish. Nice greeting, patient waitress (I hate when you go to a restaurant and you are obviously in the middle of great conversation but the waitress keeps interrupting you to see if you are ready to order) but the service here couldn't have been better.

After reviewing all the incredible choices on the menu we each ordered an appetizer. I ordered the Charcuterie Plate of Meats and Cheeses while Jamie ordered the Fried Calamari, Sweet and Spicy Peppers & Tomato Sauce. Other appetizers options (that were in close competition to be our choices) were the Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan & Arugula, Chilled Artichoke with a Lemon Dipping Sauce, Warm Goat Cheese and Carmelized Onion Tart, and Roasted Summer Corn Ravioli with a Piperade Fondue. With all this competition it was hard to make a decision, but we ended up loving our choices. The brie and prosciutto were my personal favorites from the meat and cheese plate and the calamari was addicting. Seriously addicting. I almost thought Jamie was going to get mad at me because I pretty much was eating her whole appetizer because I couldn't stop. For our main course, I ordered the Cafe 8oz Filet with Garlic Fries and Herb Butter while Jamie ordered the Fish of The Day which was a Sea Bass which comes steamed or sauteed with seasonal vegetables or a mixed green salad. We then enjoyed the rest of our appetizers while sipping on some amazing wine. After a while, I began to wonder where our main courses were because it took a while. But they finally came and wow was the wait worth it. I now understand why the main courses took a little longer than expected. I had ordered my filet medium well (more towards well), but I specifically stated I didn't want it butterflied. I hate it when restaurants butterfly my steak just to save them time and make it easier on them. But 5th Street Cafe, set my big steak on low heat and slowly cooked it to PERFECTION. The inside was perfectly cooked and (as you can see in the picture) full of juicy, juicy flavor. The outside was not burnt at all (which shows how slowly they cooked this steak in order to cook it to almost well done without over-searing the outside.) And the steak was HUGE. It seriously took me 30 minutes to eat the whole thing. Jamie was pretty much obsessed with her Sea Bass and also in love with the flavor of the vegetables. We both just sat there staring at each other in awe of the perfection before us. (Yes I know that sounds crazy, but seriously you need to experience it). And for the finale, I tasted the Lemon Cake and the Banana Cake as well. A perfect ending to an incredible experience.

Moments and experiences like this are why I feel so blessed to live such an incredible and amazing life. I had an incredible night sitting in a great restaurant, enjoying some great wine and wonderful food with great company. The dinner turned into a 2 and a half hour experience with me leaving wanting more. 5th Street Cafe has made me fall in love with this city even more than I already have.

I wish I could just give you a little taste of the perfection I experienced last night because you would understand my new found love of 5th Street Cafe. I guess you are just gonna have to go try it out yourself. Until next time, I will be figuring out a way to time travel back to when I first walked in those front doors at 5th Street Cafe last night, unaware of the inspiring night that was ahead...
Read all about 5th Street Cafe on their website or follow them on Twitter at @FifthStreetCafe.


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