Monday, May 26, 2008
Five-O Shore Road Restaurant
Dining at Five-O Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine.
Well, it's a holiday weekend and that can only mean one thing here: traveling north to the country house in Maine for a long weekend getaway, relaxing and plenty of good food. Oh, and also checking out that poor whale beaching itself at Crescent Beach in Wells, a walk of just a few minutes from our front door. The authorities were in a quandary over what to do as the whale was not fully beached but clearly very ill. In the end, sadly, the 8 foot long pilot whale had to be euthanized by the marine authority to end the suffering. So, as the news crews gathered to cover the story, we went off to our dinner at Five-O Restaurant.
An eight foot pilot whale lingers off the coast of Wells, Maine
Needless to say this restaurant is nothing short of great. We had read all the previous excellent reviews so made reservations weeks before. Even though it was quite crowded we were immediately seated. The food was amazing. Mary and I both opted for the day boat haddock with seafood stuffing, saffron anise risotto and lobster sherry cream. The risotto was perfect, slightly sweet and just the right texture. The haddock was fresh and exceptionally well done and the lobster sauce, a sort of intensely flavored bisque, was fantastic.
Haddock dinner at Five-O.
Amanda went with the Parmesan encrusted chicken with broccoli rabe, roasted tomatoes, basil and orcchiete, which looked fantastic and smelled delicious.
Parmesan encrusted chicken at Five-O.
Karen dined on the flank steak with red wine reduction, mashed potatoes and vegetables, also reported to be excellent.
Flank steak dinner at Five-O.
The entrees were all great but the desserts were phenomenal. If you ever dine here you absolutely must try the desserts, even if you split one of the more generous sized treats. Mary and I split the blueberry tart with ice cream. Incredibly fresh and served with an excellent presentation, a real work of art on the plate.
Maine blueberry tart with ice cream at Five-O Restaurant in Ogunquit.
Amanda went with the fresh berry sorbet, as delicate to the tongue as it was to the taste buds and garnished with mini almond cookies. This was the winner, tasted by everyone.
Fresh berry sorbet at Five-O Restaurant.
Karen went with the peanut butter mousse on a base of chocolate cake and topped with a rich chocolate ganache.
Peanut butter mousse at Five-0 Restaurant.
The service was excellent, always attentive but never intrusive, just as it should be. We highly recommend Five-O.
50 Shore Rd
Ogunquit, ME 03907