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“An exquisite slice of Asia on a plate”
Review of Five Sen5es

Five Sen5es
Ranked #74 of 6,700 Restaurants in Chennai
Price range: US$ 38 - US$ 62
Description: Located in the upper lobby level overlooking the courtyard, Five Sen5es gets its legacy from EEST, a signature Pan Asian restaurant. The venue offers a delectable range of dishes providing an unforgettable Chinese cuisine to savor the taste buds with delectable Dim Sum and appetizer assortments along with select Japanese, Thai, Indonesian cuisines as well.
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Description: Located in the upper lobby level overlooking the courtyard, Five Sen5es gets its legacy from EEST, a signature Pan Asian restaurant. The venue offers a delectable range of dishes providing an unforgettable Chinese cuisine to savor the taste buds with delectable Dim Sum and appetizer assortments along with select Japanese, Thai, Indonesian cuisines as well.
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The Westin Chennai has three restaurants and one bar. Apart from the Cricket themed Willows bar and the restaurant - Seasonal Tastes, they used to have an Asian speciality restaurant called EEST (standing for Elegant, Exquisite, Serenity and Triumph) and The Poolside Grill & Barbecue Lounge. This Asian restaurant has now been rechristened as Five Sen5es and the lounge is now called as Sunset Grill. While both of these restaurants are a part of the RWI, I was the one who got slotted for Five Sen5es.

Location

Velachery, on the whole, has seen tremendous changes during the last half a decade alone. While the old ones still stand proud, this area has gotten two new landmarks with one being the Phoenix Mall and the other being The Westin Hotel which is just a stone's throw away from the former. The Westin is located on Velachery High Road and it's hard to miss it after crossing the Phoenix Mall junction. Considering it's a star hotel, they have valet parking service which takes our mind off the tension of parking our cars. Five Sen5es can rightly be said to be sandwiched between Seasonal Tastes at ground floor and Sunset Grill on the roof. It also shares the floor with Willow bar.

Ambience

As far as Five Sen5es ambience and decor is concerned, it's obvious they've gone with the 'less is more' approach. Past the wall which has the vertically etched restaurant name, the doors open to a display, which I'm sure is an alphabet/letter in Chinese. Considering the fact that my linguistic skills are worse than my reviewing one, I concentrated more on the exhibit they had on this podium which happens to be a Rocheston certification denoting that Five Sen5es is one of the handful of restaurants from Chennai to get this recognition.

At the far end is the open display kitchen and for a weekday, they were pretty busy. Next to that, the seating area's wall was adorned with more Chinese writing, with a beautiful dragon decoration with its own back-lighting running behind the wall hangings. The centre of the floor was where the eyes begged to focus. There's a slightly elevated circular platform with seats which might cater to larger groups. The round pillar with figurines and the lamps encased in hanging cages look elegant.

They've maintained a red and black theme for their cutlery and table arrangements look exquisite.

Food & Beverages

BEVERAGES

The beverages we ordered weren't part of the RWI menu and anything ordered from outside the menu will warrant a separate bill. They have a great drinks menu and they also have a good collection of interesting mocktails.

I opted for an Apricot Nector while my friend got himself a Sourtail. Apricot Nector is a concoction of Apricots, Pineapple juice, Orange syrup and Lime juice, while Sourtail is a blend of Orange, Cranberry and Pineapple juice.

Probably for the first time, we were so happy with what we ordered that we didn't let each other to exchange our drinks to get a taste of what the other one has ordered. Just like their decor, the drinks too looked simple but gets the job done superbly.

TABLE CONDIMENTS AND SAUCES

Never in a million years (OK, i'm exaggerating), Never did I think that i'll be making a sub-heading titled as what I've just given above. Five Sen5es have made me do it for the first time, only because we loved it so much that we were on the verge of awkwardly asking for a second helping.

As condiments, we were served Sweet Chilli Wonton and the good ol' Kimchee. The basil scented deep fried crispy wantons were so heavenly that it got empty in just a couple of minutes. The Korean style pickled cabbages wasn't too strong and packed the right amount of punch that a Kimchee should have.

The table sauces too were exceptional. Out of the Hot Garlic sauce, Tamarind sauce and Thai Lemon Garlic sauce, the last two were instant hits with the starters.

SOUPS & APPETISERS

Tom Yum Vegetable Soup: This classic Thai soup was a spicy concoction with vegetable chunks. The flavours were strong and its aroma and zest is sure to wake every single cell in the body.

Water Chestnuts and Chive Dumplings: A green-y twist to the standard dumpling, courtesy, the inclusion of chives. Not being a huge fan of Water Chestnuts, this dish did quite a good job of changing it to an extent while another dish which you'll read as you go, made that change permanent. Warm and soothing, this appetiser made me realise that veg dumplings can also be yummy.

Vegetable Futomaki & Non-Veg Sushi Platter: While we were supposed to try the Vegetable Futomaki, the chef figured out that I was a sushi maniac and he made it into a platter with non veg sushis too. Apart from the excellent veg Futomaki, we also got Makizushi with fresh fish and Uramaki (If I'm right) with fish eggs on top. They were served gracefully on a boat shaped wooden vessel (pun intended) with the regular pickled garlic slices, a smidgen of wasabi and sliced apple pieces as ornamentation.

MAIN COURSE

Lamb in Black Bean Sauce:

Yet another time-honoured dish. I personally loved the texture of the lamb meat which was surprisingly in a melt-in-mouth consistency. The crispy fried julienne of lamb in black bean sauce will surely stand the test of time.

Stir Fried Greens:

The wok tossed Chinese greens are a vegetarian's delight and though we were no where close to that veggie tag, the warm yet crunchy beans, greens and broccoli were quite a treat.

Tofu Rendang Curry:

This time, we're off to Malaysia as Tofu Rendang is a well known delicacy from the island country. The fried tofu in a coconut milk brew gravy was an excellent choice for rice based mains. The deliquesce consistency of tofu, something that's hard to nail and very few does it in town, was out of this world.

Hot Basil Fried Rice:

Basil scented jasmine rice with lip smacking chicken chunks is the soothing mains one would love to have with a spicy side. Being a sucker for moist rice, this one got a thumbs up from me on my first spoonful.

Yakisoba Noodles:

The Japanese buckwheat noodles is a classic on it's own rights but here we gorged on green tea infused Yakisoba noodles which was a first to me. With crunchy veggies, it went very well with the Sliced Lamb in Black Bean sauce.

DESSERTS

Pumpkin Pudding:

Pumpkin Pudding is one of those few desserts that's available across the planet in different variations and named according to the country it's made in. This version is made from puree of pumpkin with a dash of cinnamon. The fresh puree brings out a stunning shade of yellow and the subtle yet sweet taste of it is as good as the way it looks.

Mango Sago Pudding:

While the last dessert is famous in many countries, the Mango Sago Pudding is something unique to our continent. Sago is obviously something we're used to thanks to its inclusion in a number of Indian desserts with the best example being the humble payasam. This pudding is made from sago pearls cooked in coconut cream. The richness of the coconut flavor is the first thing that hits you and it's taste is nothing short of bliss. As mangoes aren't in season currently, they've used mango puree made into jelly cubes which is the closest we can get to the fruit itself and it works well too.

Tub Tim Krob:

Last but certainly not the least, we got to try the classic dessert from the land of the white elephants - Thailand. Not only are the white elephants abundant here, so is the usage of the celestial liquid that's called as coconut milk by all fellow humans. Tub Tim Krob consists of ruby water chestnuts that are coloured along with coconut milk. Irrespective of one's preference over water chestnuts, this dish is sure to find a fan in you. Our chef promised us that we'd love it and we understood why, when we got to try it. This is definitely a must try.

Apart from the fact that we get to try exquisite dishes in a price tag that doesn't bite our wallets, another opportunity RWI creates is the chance for us to catch up with the chefs in action. Chef Devendra Rawat and Chef Yatendra, in spite of having a busy evening, spent their valuable time with us explaining the dishes and telling stories about their experience in and out of the kitchens around the world, which, trust me, is something a foodie would love to hear. I was floored by their staff's hospitality and customer service. When I spoke about Cricket with the restaurant manager and introduced my friend who had accompanied me as a cricketer, he was more than happy to show us around their Cricket themed bar, Willows and even explained us the offers and happy hours package they offer (Which is stupendous BTW). Overall, I completely enjoyed my dinner at Five Sen5es and I'm sure to be back soon.

Ratings Break Up

Location:- 4/5
Parking:- 5/5
Food:- 4.5/5
Customer Service:- 4.5/5
Ambience:- 4/5

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Thank MisterMadras
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ShrikantWakharkar, General Manager at Five Sen5es, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2017

Dear Gopithegreat,

Renewed Greetings from The Westin Chennai Velachery!

We are happy to note that you chose this forum to share your feedback. Our entire team is elated to read that they stood at par with your expectations. We endeavour to provide our guests all the means for a memorable dining experience and we are glad that we could serve you well.
Many thanks for your excellent ratings and we look forward to welcome you again.

Stay Well,

Shrikant Wakharkar
General Manager

shrikant.wakharkar@westin.com

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Reviewed 19 September 2016

Ate here twice with colleagues - really excellent food and ambiance. We sampled a variety of dishes - everything was well prepared and generally with a bit of a unique twist.

Thank WSW1331
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ShrikantWakharkar, General Manager at Five Sen5es, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2017

Dear WSW1331,

Renewed Greetings from The Westin Chennai Velachery!

Your kind review is much appreciated by our team. Glad to learn that you chose us to dine with us and we served you well. Indeed, our regular guests frequent our restaurant to indulge in a refreshing dining experience. Thanks for highlighting the unique flavours that you enjoyed during your visit.
We hope to serve you again.

Stay Well,

Best Regards,

Shrikant Wakharkar
General Manager

shrikant.wakharkar@westin.com

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Reviewed 24 March 2016

had a taste of the Veg Chilli Basil fried rice and Stir fried vegetables. Crunchy vegetables were so delicately spiced and made a perfect combination with fragrant sticky rice, Al Dente and a bit chewy very different than the rice we have here. Chinese gravy is rarely dense. We also had the vegetables with Jasmine white rice and we just cannot ignore the aromatic jasmine smell emanating from it that induces to eat more. Normally fragrant rice does not go well with side dish but this one proved otherwise.We also had Sourtail and AppleJul mocktails and it punched the fruity flavors in abundance and was a great respite for the summer heat we are facing today. Do not miss the Dimsums here.

Thank ChennaiFocus
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ShrikantWakharkar, General Manager at Five Sen5es, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2017

Dear ChennaiFocus,

Renewed Greetings from The Westin Chennai Velachery!

Your wonderful review has filled our heart with joy. We would like to thank you for letting us know how impressed you were with the service you received. Our team in the kitchen curates each dish with an energy to fulfill your palates and your kind words have empowered the whole group in the kitchen. Our team prides itself on the experience we create for our guests and will be happy to hear that they have managed to meet your every need and uplift your spirits.
Your appreciation of our different culinary spread served to you and especially our hospitality is very encouraging.
Do checkout our website for promotions that you might be interested in.
We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Best Regards,

Shrikant Wakharkar
General Manager

shrikant.wakharkar@westin.com

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Reviewed 23 March 2016

Five senses great ambiance. Staff are very friendly, helpful and polite Sai Kumar took care of us very well felt like home Giving new meaning to service with a smile!! My preferred choice is these restaurant and will definitely come back again !!!

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ShrikantWakharkar, General Manager at Five Sen5es, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2017

Dear Naresh E,

Renewed Greetings from The Westin Chennai Velachery!

Thank you for your wonderful review on TripAdvisor. Located ideally amidst the happening places of Chennai, we serve bona fide Chinese delicacies aided by auspicious services. It is good to know you were impressed with our warm hospitality, inviting ambience and diligent associates. A review from a discerning guest, such as you inspires our entire team to work hard to offer you the best of hospitality.
Our associates are, indeed, always in high spirits and we are happy to know that their prompt services became the highlight of your visit.
Do keep a tab of our social media channels to stay updated on the offers. We look forward to seeing you soon for another enjoyable experience!

Best Regards,

Shrikant Wakharkar
General Manager

shrikant.wakharkar@westin.com

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Reviewed 11 March 2016

maybe i haven't been to chennai too often or have not tried the oriental food at other places, but this one truly rocked it. try the duck and dimsums.

Thank saurabh89
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ShrikantWakharkar, General Manager at Five Sen5es, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2017

Dear saurabh89,

Renewed Greetings from The Westin Chennai Velachery!

What a perfect way to start our day! Your perfect rating and your lovely feedback on this acclaimed forum are the accolades that we always strive to achieve, it is a pleasure to know that our varieties of delicious culinary fare has been received with gratitude by the entire team.
Do keep a tab of our social media channels to stay updated on the offers. We look forward to seeing you soon for another enjoyable experience!

Best Regards,

Shrikant Wakharkar
General Manager

shrikant.wakharkar@westin.com

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