Steakhouse Five opened to a full house last week in the Fountains at Gateway. With a sleek contemporary mid-century interior design, the restaurant is immediately inviting. The main dining room uses gray-toned woods, caramel leather seats, a dark stone bar, simple pendant lights, sheer curtains, and pops of intense color through the use of modern art to create a place that appeals across generations.
The main dining room was abuzz with excitement from an assortment of patrons, ranging from those who remember steakhouses from the fifties and sixties to hipsters who enjoy elegant food.
Owner Mitchell Murphree, who also owns Five Senses, saw an opening for an upscale steakhouse so foodies in Murfreesboro wouldn’t need to make the trip to Nashville for a good steak. According to a recent story in the Daily News Journal, Murphree has a strong family background in fine meats. His grandparents started Clifty Farms, and he pursued his life-long interest in fine meats in college and beyond.
Murphree offers appetizers, salads, steaks and chops. Many of the appetizers are modern takes on traditional steakhouse classics, like Smoked Salmon and Caviar, Lump Crabcakes, Wild American Shrimp Cocktail, American Wagyu Tartar, and Oysters Fountains. Other offerings include Hot Country Ham Dip and Cream of Mushroom Soup.
I had the soup. It was amazing, rich and creamy with a slight sweetness served with a grilled blue cheese crostini and white truffle oil. The sweet of the soup played well with the saltiness of the blue cheese. I paired it with the Sourdough Bread and butter. Although nothing like the traditional extra-sour San Francisco version, the bread is really good. It too has a sweetness, with just a touch of traditional sour. It comes with sweet butter sprinkled with salt crystals.
I skipped the salad. Murphree offers three options: Caesar, Iceberg Wedge, and a House made from apples, toasted pecans, grilled onions, and cider honey vinaigrette.
Those dining around me were having various steaks. One gentleman chose to top his with Bearnaise Sauce. When I asked him how he liked the Bearnaise, he showed me his empty ramekin. Each steak comes with one side and a sauce. The other sauces included Roasted Garlic Shallot Butter, Horseradish Cream, or Grained Mustard Demi-Glace.
For those who don’t want a steak, there are several options including Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon and Braised Duck Stroganoff.
“I highly recommend the [Tennessee Grass Fed] Pork Chop,” said a fellow diner.
Having had some of Murphree’s regular stroganoff, and loving it, I went for the duck. It was really good. The noodles were al dente covered in a sherry cream sauce.
Four wine options were given, a Bordeaux, a Chardonnay, a Brut Sparkling Wine, and a Cabernet.
Completely full, I chose not to have dessert. The gentleman next to me, however, had the Dark Chocolate Crème Brulee. It is made with local Olive and Sinclair chocolate.
“It’s really good,” the gentleman said.
Two other dessert options include White Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding made with their sourdough bread, and Peach and Blueberry Cobbler. After dinner cocktails, wines, and French Press Coffee are also on the menu.
Coming down from the balcony where I was seated, I ran into many friends, all of whom were raving at their enjoyable dining experience.
Passing by the bar, private dining area, and doors that can be opened out to additional outdoor tables, I enjoyed the artwork and the heart-felt thanks for dining.
1500 Medical Center Parkway, Suite 1K
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm, Friday 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm, Saturday 10:00am until 1:30 pm & 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm