Number 5 Strawberry Hill
Address: 5 Strawberry Hill Rd, Acton, Massachusetts 01720
Phone: (978) 263-3325
Type of restaurant: French
Entree price range: $14 to $29
Handicapped accessible: Yes
Review date: May 10, 2007
Review: We opened the night with a glass of the Kalihart Talbott 2005 Chardonnay, (Monterey, CA) at $10/glass. It was very fruit forward on the palate and a bit steely. We enjoyed it very much.
To begin our dining experience, we were served a delicious bread with a tasty spread topping. For my appetizer, I chose the pear and walnut salad with imported Roquefort, red onion and sweet balsamic vinaigrette, $8. It was fantastic. Ken had the big bowl of PEI mussels steamed in garlic and vermouth, $10. He enjoyed the mussels very much. We also tried the wild mushroom raviolis with shallots & dry vermouth, $12. We loved the mushroom raviolis.
To enjoy with dinner and share with our guests, we ordered a bottle of the Caymus 2004 Cabernet (Napa Valley, CA). This rich purple wine opens with a big bouquet that exhibits hints of cassis and dark berries. There is a touch of heat as well. On the palate, this full bodied wine is rich, concentrated, and maintains its fruit forward cassis and berry flavors. On the finish, the wine was dry, very extended and had some young wine tannins. The wine could benefit from a little time in the cellar. Overall, the wine was a terrific complement to our meal and enjoyed by all.
I had one of the specials of the evening which was Tilapia with crushed cashews served with beats. The tilapia was cooked to perfection and the crushed cashews complemented the fish beautifully. Ken had the Big New York Sirloin with sautéed mushrooms, $24. As side dishes, we shared the Mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with black truffle and white truffle butter. We also shared the fresh steamed French beans with toasted almonds and butter. The side dishes were $5 each and were ample for two people. Ken and I both loved our meals.
After dinner, I had the most delicious chocolate mousse – this is one of my favorite desserts. Ken enjoyed his crème brulée which is one of his favorite desserts. Our servers were excellent. The restaurant is handicap accessible. The least expensive entrée on the menu was the sautéed chicken livers with Madeira and mushrooms, Grueyere-leek bread pudding,$14. The most expensive entrée was the grilled filet mignon, béarnaise or Black peppercorn-brandy sauce, $29. We will definitely be back for another visit to Number 5 Strawberry Hill Restaurant & Bar.
Theresa & Ken
Ken's Wine Guide