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5th Street Bar & Wood Fired Grill (Review)

| January 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

5th Street Bar & Wood Fired Grill has been around for years, so they must be doing something right. For a recent celebration, we decided to check out 5th Street since it had been several years since we last ate there.

Upon arriving at 7.00pm on a Friday night, we approached the hostess and requested a table for 2, and rather than the usual response of taking our names and letting us know of the wait time, she turned to two men standing beside her (without saying a word to us),  and had a conversation with them that lasted a minimum of 45 seconds. I know that doesn’t sound like very long, but when you’re standing right in front of someone and they act as if you’re not even there, it feels like a VERY long time. Eventually we had to interject and ask if there would be a wait, and we were told to have a seat as there would be a 15 minute wait. We get that it’s Friday night, and busy, and expected to wait, but we did not expect to be ignored.  It was an awkward start to our meal.

When we were seated at our table with our menus, we sat unapproached for 10 minutes before the server asked if we would like to order drinks or appies. Since we had had ample time to go over the menu, we ordered the pork dry ribs ($5.55) tossed with house made roasted garlic rock salt and lemon pepper as an appetizer. They arrived piping hot and fresh, and were delicious. There was tons of meat on each dry rib, and just the right amount of rock salt and pepper. It did come with a lemon on the side, but it had already been covered in lemon juice, something I would have preferred to do myself.

For our mains we ordered the portobello pizza ($10.55) with italian sausage, portobello mushrooms, goat cheese, caramelized red onions, fresh basil, mozzarella, and the fire-grilled AAA 10oz baseball steak ($20.55) with crispy fried onion rings, veal jus, fries (I substituted the regular mashed potatoes), fresh vegetables. The pizza had a delicious thin crust, and wasn’t short on any of the toppings. The goat cheese added a nice touch to the pizza and wasn’t overwhelming, as sometimes goat cheese can be. We seem to be having a bad streak with ordering steaks lately. I like my steak medium well, with just a bit of pink in the middle, keeping it moist and tender. This night the steak arrived very clearly well done, and was tough, dry and chewy. It was a very thick steak, so I was surprised when there was not even a touch of pink in the middle. On the other hand, the fries were delicious, and the crispy onion strings were to die for. I wish more restaurants served onion strings like these, I would easily order them every time I eat out.

For dessert we ordered the tiramisu ($5) and chocolate bottom crème brûlé ($5). The tiramisu was delectable, and very big for only $5! Probably one of the best tiramisus that we have had in Victoria. The crème brûlé was equally tasty, with a delicious crust, creamy filling, and rich chocolate bottom. If you like crème brûlé and also like chocolate, this is the dessert for you!

Overall, the meal was very good, but the service was lacking. The amount of time it took for us to be served initially, to the amount of time it took for our food to arrive, was too long, even for a busy friday night – we spent over 2 hours there. That said, there is a warning on the menu that cooking food over a wood-fired grill takes longer and to expect a wait.  Based on the meals we’ve had at 5th Street Bar & Grill before, and what we have heard from others who have been there, we would still recommend this restaurant… just make sure to give yourself plenty of time.

5th Street Bar & Grill
1028 Hillside Ave
Victoria, BC
(250) 380-4600

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Category: Dessert, DInner, Eat, Lunch

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