Named for the address of the original restaurant in Charlotte, 5 Church recently resurrected Shout’s former two-level space at Colony Square. The opening in July marked the trio of restaurateurs’ third location in the South, the second being in Charleston. Their PR company invited me and a guest to try it out.
There is a strong emphasis on art at 5 Church. One notices the matte black ceiling with phrases painted randomly in white. Light fixtures that resemble angels’ wings fly high above the expansive bar along the right side of the enormous space, while the left side is lined with tufted black leather banquettes. A sleek redo of the patio upstairs is perfect for private parties.
Eggs and such are vital for brunch, but nearly as important are the libations. I love refreshing mimosas and was quick to request one as soon as I realized it wasn’t Sunday. Not to be outdone, LC tried a cocktail called The Preacher’s Daughter.
LC usually orders an omelette loaded with fillings while I’m a traditional eggs Benedict girl, extra Hollandaise. However, 5 Church didn’t have a Benedict option on the current menu, so I chose the Forager’s Omelet. He went with the other omelet selection, the Farmer’s Omelet.
Brunch can often be a heavy meal, baptized with butter, saved by sausage! However, our omelettes were thin yet fluffy, served French-style with a side of frisee’ salad rather than starchy potatoes. Of course, you can order confit fingerling potatoes on the side, or French fries for that matter.
LC’s omelette was stuffed with roasted seasonal vegetables and cave-aged cheddar, while mine was filled with earthy wild mushrooms and goat cheese. The salsa verde on top seemed almost out of place. The greens looked more like butter lettuce than frisee’, and I didn’t like the lemony dressing, but I still preferred it to potatoes. A shared order of thick-cut smoked Neuske’s bacon complimented our egg dishes, as did the ultra-thin and crispy toast. Another mimosa please!
We both had work obligations and decided to have a cappuccino to counteract the cocktails…an excellent idea. 5 Church impressed us both. Not only is the decor divine, the dishes are heavenly as well.
1197 Peachtree Street 404-400-3669