FIVE Grill & Lounge: A new summer spot?

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(Photos: Zeid Odeh, Jordan News)
When Four Seasons comes up in the context of dining, one's mind immediately goes to an expensive evening with exquisite silverware and crystal glasses. However, our recent trip led us to the newly refurbished terrace of FIVE Grill & Lounge, a revelation that presented an entirely different facet of this renowned hotel.اضافة اعلان

I have said this before and I will say it again,  I am a big fan of the Four Seasons and their unwavering commitment to surpassing all culinary expectations. This renovated terrace, situated on the hotel's ground floor and overlooking the enchanting Fifth Circle, exudes an air of elegance while also embracing a subtle, laid-back atmosphere.

The service, as always, was amiable and the people working there are always friendly.

Impressive indeed were the curated plates and the selection of copper cups, and here our journey started.

With a refreshing lemon basil cocktail, graciously presented by our server, the tone was set for the evening — a good start indeed.

As a group, we decided to share, inevitably there was a slight challenge of sampling each dish. However, I will be explaining the dishes that did get to my plate — eventually — and their highlights.

Embracing a modern twist
First off, the Yellowfin Tuna Tataki. It breathed a new life into a beloved classic, the fattoush salad. Its rustic and raw appearance, coupled with the exquisite tahina-balsamic dressing, complemented the succulent tuna, it just worked.

Next, we were treated to the Summer Pizza adorned with buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, rocket leaves, and basil. This plate seemed to radiate the essence of summertime itself.

The tangy note of the heirloom tomatoes, reminiscent of the anticipation of ripening flavors, added an exceptional touch. The dough, baked to perfection, acted as the ideal foundation, intertwining all the flavors into a symphony of culinary delight.

The Grilled Peaches Summer Salad contained with kalamata olives, semi-dried tomatoes, and luscious avocados, offering a blend of sweet and savory. The natural sweetness of the peaches and figs elegantly eliminated the need for additional sweetness in the dressing, creating a sensation that tantalized all the senses with each glorious bite.

Freshness with a spicy kick
Venturing forth, I tried the Benevento's Linguine, boasting succulent Mediterranean red prawns and a vine tomato sauce. Often, I have a dilemma when trying pasta dishes at non-Italian establishments, for they rarely meet the standards. However, this particular rendition was a breath of fresh air.

The vibrant freshness of the tomato sauce, enlivened by a subtle spicy kick, embraced the impeccably cooked pasta and buttery prawns. It proved to be a enjoyable dish, even within the realm of international cuisine.

I did not get a chance to try out their burgers nor their dynamite shrimp wraps since everyone in company was excited to grab a bite of them, but nobody seemed to complain, so I guess that is a good sign.

The fried smashed baby potatoes served with their sandwiches were a great twist on the traditional french fries that would usually be served otherwise. I was enjoying them one piece at a time trying to keep my dining manners contained.

A symphony of desserts
As the snacks and main courses were removed from the table, half of the people left with them right before the dessert was served. Luckily, me and one other person definitely kept room for dessert.

With were served to a selection that included New York Cheesecake, a Chocolate Fudge Cookie Skillet, an Arabic Ice Cream Sandwich, and the Manjari Chocolate Flourless Cake.

While all desserts held their own, allow me to recount my two favorites.

The chocolate fudge cookie was by far one of the best cookies I have ever had in my dining experiences. The creaminess of it and the richness of the chocolate with the ice cream and caramel on the side were beyond my greatest expectations.

The Manjari Chocolate Flourless Cake with the passion fruit ice cream was to die for, literally.
The creaminess of the whole thing with the sourness of the ice cream made you think less of the calories and more of embracing your current summer body.

It is essential to note that FIVE Lounge & Grill caters to diverse palates, offering a range of menus and an extensive selection of grilled steak options. For those inclined, hookah service is also available.

The overall ambiance and vibe radiate comfort, delivering an experience akin to La Capitale, yet at a more accessible price point.

Would this be my new summer spot?
Possibly. That chocolate fudge cookie and the other items on the menu would need another visit for sure.

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