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5 - The Restaurant

Look carefully: Chances are you will miss this restaurant completely. Make sure you don't because it is one of the best eateries in town.

Tucked into a line of shops, restaurants, florists and dry cleaners, 5 - The Restaurant offers great food, good service and, thankfully, does not have a Page 3 guest list.

Once inside: The table by the large windows are the best. The candles on the mantle and flowers at the table are tasteful.

The interiors are done well if you choose to ignore the strange design that looks like a streak of lightning done with something that looks like a dupatta. Check out the menu instead.

What to eat: The Baked Courgettes. They are to die for, so do include them as your starters.

The Cream of Celery Soup and the Chilly Apricot Prawn starter are winners, too.

Give the Orange Seekh Kebabs a miss, though they look very attractive served between segments of oranges.

Veggies, try this: The Green Veggies in Basilica Cream Sauce and Veg Cannelloni in Tomato Salsa are excellent. The Cannelloni scores over Basilica, though.

The four baked rolls are a good helping and serve as a filling meal if you share the starter.

If you don't want to go Dutch on the starter, not to worry, you can always pack it and take it home.

Non-veggies, you'd love this: Garlic and Thyme Chicken served with creamy Risotto, french beans and broccoli.

The Boneless Chicken Patties are generously covered with an excellent sauce and can be eaten with the assortment of breads they serve complimentary.

The Prawn in White Sauce and mashed potatoes is worth trying too.

C'mon, indulge! Round off the meal with a seasonal cheesecake. It was Kiwi when we were there. If you feel guilty about sinning, like we did, share your dessert.

The Mocha Fudge is interesting as well.

Tips: 5 - The Restaurant doesn't have a liquor license, but ask the friendly staff for some interesting mocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. They will come up with some surprises for you.

The service is not exactly quick, so don't get restless. The starters take some time but the main course promptly follows the starter.

5 - The Restaurant also has some tables outside that are a cozy setting for a twosome.

Price watch
Cream of Celery Soup: Rs 105
Baked Courgettes: Rs 135
Cannelloni: Rs 235
Garlic and Thyme Chicken: Rs 265
Seasonal Cheesecake: Rs 115.

Three of us shared a starter, a dessert and had a main course each. It cost us Rs 1,100. Not bad, what say?

Smoking: There's no non-smoking area here. So if cigarette smoke is not your thing, hope there are no smokers at the next table.

Babies: Are allowed.

Wheelchair: No ramp, like in most eateries and public places in India. But there are just two-three stairs at the entrance. So if you can haul your friend or relative's chair, do bring him/her along.

Final word: 5 - The Restaurant does not disappoint. A must-check-out!

5 - The Restaurant
S V Road
Near Yoko's
Santacruz West

Phone: (022) 26000367, 56939919

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Text: Archana Masih
Photographs: Jewella C Miranda

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