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Go North To Five Doors North

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Five Doors North
2088 Yonge St, Toronto

Too many Torontonians who live south of Bloor St. (SOBs) rarely venture north of Bloor (NOB) for any reason whatsoever. They tend to take the myopic view that if it ain’t SOB, it ain’t worth doin’.

However, if they would just take a chance and buy a subway token and endure the whole 10 minutes it would take them to get to Eglinton Ave, they might discover a thing or two — ‘thing’ meaning cool restaurant.

One of these Eglinton-area establishments worth checking out is Five Doors North. Situated in a nondescript row of storefronts, identifiable only by the five multicoloured doors hanging over the tiny patio area, this hipster-chic bistro offers up some great food (and good music) and won’t put a huge dent in your wallet (although, I forgot to record the prices of everything — aren’t I a great restaurant critic?).

Even though the decor is unabashedly retro-modern — magazine and newspaper pages lacquered into the table tops, uncomfortable wooden chairs, Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire on the stereo — the dining itself is traditionally Italian. Word had managed to trickle down SOB that this place had a unique appetizer which my companion wanted to try, and it was very tasty indeed. Prosciuto with arugula cheese and figs, wrapped in greans, kind of like a sushi hand-roll; the sweetness of the figs perfectly mixed with and complemented the salty taste of the meat and cheese — kudos to whomever thought it up.

Then came the pasta course — I had penne, which was good though the sauce was a little watery, and my companion had the risotto which was excellent. The entreés, though, were truly superlative. I had the grilled calamari with tomato jam and pesto; the pieces of calamari were thick and well seasoned and delicious. My companion had a (giant) grilled portobello mushroom in a creamy peppercorn sauce, which was amazing. Thankfully she couldn’t finish it all and I got about half. Yum.

This was all downed with a nice class of Lilly Pilly Cabernet, which has a silly name, but was alright.

Anyway, the point here is that it’s a good restaurant and if you’re sick of the same old SOB Italian places on College St, get on the subway and check out Five Doors North. 03971semaj

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, October 19, 2006 2:12 pm

    I guess that makes me a NOB?

    Fine with me.

  2. James17930 permalink
    Thursday, October 19, 2006 2:20 pm

    No — you’re a WNOB.

    WAY North of Bloor.

  3. Thursday, October 19, 2006 3:00 pm

    I prefer uber-NOB.

  4. James17930 permalink
    Thursday, October 19, 2006 5:32 pm

    You just prefer ‘uber.’

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