What was until early 2008 the very popular brick-walled café, Mackinnon's of Northville, is now the home of 'Table 5', opened in late 2008 by Mishelle Lussier and her husband, John. While I was very sad to see proprietor Tom Mackinnon's place closed, 'Table 5' get a '5 Star' applause from my tastebuds!
This was our second time at Table 5's center-of-town bistro, and despite it being a 35 minute drive from our home, this little Gem will be frequented in the future! When we arrived, we were shown a four top in the middle of the small dining room; I noticed an empty table by the window, and inquired of the hostess if we might sit there instead. (This was in fact the very window table where my wife and I celebrated our 20th anniversary, ten years ago, while at Mackinnon's.) Our guests had not yet arrived, and after the hostess checked with the manager, we were very courteously seated at the preferred table. Our server, Jeff, introduced himself and had splendid full martini's in our awaiting paws within minutes! When our guests arrived, Jeff again had them served with libations, and with my request, we were allowed a pleasant 'chill' time with several memorable 1st courses, before ordering entrées.
The wine list is not very extensive, however when I asked about a listed Clos Du Val Cab, Jeff noted that he had several other bottles not noted on their wine list. He then brought to the table a CDV Stags Leap that was off the charts delicious - and at a very reasonable price mark for an eatery.
We each ordered different entrées, including Filet, wild caught salmon, sea scallops, and lamb shank. My salmon presentation looked like a piece of art, and tasted equally marvelous; moist yet firm, with the skin removed, and (with apologies to my dear mother who claimed such a term was redundant,) absolutely no 'fishie' flavor. Absolutely brilliant! And every one else at the table expressed total gastronomical satisfaction over their choices.
The restaurant itself is quite small and cozy, with the bar scene on one side of a separating brick wall and the fine dining on the other side. Prices overall are very reasonable, especially in consideration of the culinary preparation and overall quality. Kudos to Chef Brandon Wolschleger! Table 5, you are indeed a Northville Gem!
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