Bistro 5, out in Medford (insert obligatory audible Boston pronunciation of Medford) is tucked away on a side street, directly across from the commuter rail (in case you are like me and lack a set a wheels). After you are welcomed in and your coat is given, the narrow hallway opens up to a variety of rooms that seem to snake around and all with lots of action. There's the dining room which is packed with a bustling crowd of happy diners, a small bar in the far right and an exposed kitchen to the left, followed by smaller private rooms for tastings and private functions. The constant theme typing everything together is that of the Italian theater, with vividly playful art on the walls and dramatic candles on the walls and curtains trapezing their way across the ceiling, creating a canopy. Which makes sense to have a theater theme, because after all, isn't that what cooking is all about? Entertaining and putting on a show to please others?
Last night I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to attend a tomato tasting dinner at Bistro 5 and because I make it a personal rule never to miss anything involving a tomato, I was there with a giddy look on my face and ready to eat. And eat we did. It was course after course of unique and creative dishes all featuring the star of the show, the tomato.
The first course started with a serving of creamy tomato lobster bisque. Served at a perfect couple notches above room temperature, the bisque was complimented by a raft of floating brioche bread and was accentuated by a pile of saffron bubbles that really brought this dish to life. It was served with a refreshing glass of crisp white wine (2009 Domaine Felines Jourdan, Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc).
|Bistro 5, Lobster Tomato Bisque with Lemon Basil and Saffron Bubbles|
|Bisto 5: Fried Green Tomatoes with Buffalo Mozzarella and Purple Basil|
|Bistro 5: Heirloom Tomato Risotto with Spanish Goat Cheese|
|Bistro 5: Duck Confit Strudel|
|Bistro 5: Smoked Tomato Brulee|
|Bistro 5: Tomato Napoleon, Cinnamon Basil Yogurt Gelato, Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise|
Special thanks to the team at Bistro 5 for hosting such a delicious event!
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