With its ideal location just off of Main Street and stunning selection of freshly-sourced one-of-a-kind dishes and drinks, the locally owned and operated Five-O Shore Road provides a warm and welcoming wintertime getaway for both residents and visitors to our quaint New England town.
Take a look at 4 winning reasons why it garnered the Maine Restaurant Association’s top award for 2016 Chef of the Year.
The Fresh and Fabulous Martini Selection
Celebrated as one of the premier lounges in Maine, Five-O owes its reputation as a cultured nighttime gathering spot in no small part to its innovative martini menu, which boasts “endless possibilities”. New owners and long-time staff members Eric Varrell, Gary Pucciarelli, and executive chef James Walter teamed up to create these fabulously fresh edible desserts.
One of the most popular entrees on this menu is the Coconut Ginger Martini, highlighted by its house-made ginger puree and coconut rum/toasted coconut blend. If you’d really like to give old-man winter a run for his money, try the Sparkling Pineapple Martini showcasing pineapple vodka and elder-flower liquor to help keep the cold at bay. This fabulously fun drink is also topped with champagne to add just the right sparkle to your evening.
In addition, Five-O features an extensive wine menu, including many full-bodied dark red Syrahs that pair well with the restaurant’s 2018 seasonal wintertime fare. The lounge also has an exclusive food menu that includes a diverse selection of small and large plates like the amazing apple-imbued Smoked Pork Flatbread and Mediterranean-inspired Housemade Veggie Burger.
The Simple and Sophisticated Top-Sourced Dishes
Whether you’re enjoying an evening in the lounge or gathering in the main dining room with friends and family, Five-O Shore Road offers guests a succulent selection of New England’s finest flavors featuring a style all their own. Chef Walters worked to make the menu diverse while also simplifying the options with small plate Farm, Land, and Sea choices. One of the standout entrees is his Wild Boar Sugo featuring hand-rolled strozzapreti pasta accented with rosemary. High-quality ingredients abound even among the more traditional dishes, and the Truffled Potato Gratine that accompany the New York Strip Steak make it a crowd favorite.
Sunday Brunch takes place each week from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and showcases house-made muffins, herb-infused omelets, and a mouthwatering selection of pancakes, French toast, and waffles. There’s even a lunch collection with smoked salads, North-country clam chowder, and hand-crafted sandwiches to round out the menu. True to its name, the restaurant and lounge open for business the rest of the week at 5 p.m., and are closed on Wednesdays.
The Contemporary and Fun Atmosphere
Delicious isn’t the only word to describe Five-O Shore Road. It’s also a gathering spot for sophisticated fun. The restaurant hosts a variety of engaging themed events, like the recent Murder Mystery Wine Dinner featuring actors from one of Maine’s premier entertainment venues. The new ‘Trading Places Night’ showcases a celebrated guest-chef menu, with cooks pouring the cocktails while bartenders try their hand at becoming ‘top chefs’.
Holidays are also a big deal at the community-centered gathering spot. The recent ‘Halloween in Ogunquit’ and upcoming ‘Christmas by the Sea’ feature festive costumes and decorations, with the staff and owners alike participating in the festivities.
Sustainability is a central theme at Five-O, and the new owners walk the walk through their partnerships and community alliances. Award-winning chef Walter also honed his skills at Portsmouth’s famed Italian Grille Pesce Blue, where he found out from Old World experts how to let his dishes’ ingredients “speak for themselves”.
In partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Out of the Blue program, the team is committed to bringing delicious yet underused seafood, like the Spanish Lubina, into the menu mix in order to provide guests with a one-of-a kind culinary experience. They also have a strong belief in supporting the local economy and have moved towards sourcing a higher percentage of local fare since taking ownership in 2015.
Pucciarelli, Varrell, and Walter are big-hearted about their success, and often give the same level of attention to the community as they do to their thriving restaurant. They are involved in several food-based charities, including Share Our Strength Maine, a nonprofit which helps provide nutritional meals to children throughout the state.
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