Five Points Deli and Longhorn Saloon
Closed Temporarily – due to smoke and smell complaints from neighbours
Five Points Deli and Longhorn Saloon is large and multi-pronged. Downstairs, where the walls are covered with beaten copper and dulled gold, the Five Points Deli acts as a a made-to-order sandwich bar until 4:30pm, and you’d better be hungry.
The pastrami sandwiches and Reubens are an absolute mission, with layer-after-layer of rich, house-smoked beef, Swiss cheese and condiments squashed between light or dark rye. Attack the accompanying house-made chips and zingy pickle first, because otherwise they’ll probably get left over.
For the less ambitious, a cheeseburger, salmon bagel, soup, salad or sweet pie might do the trick.
At night, Five Points' counter becomes a New York-style raw bar, packed with oysters, clams, fish and king-crab legs poking out from mounds of ice.
Traverse the grand, sunlit staircase and you’re in a different world. Longhorn Saloon is named in honour of a shady bar where owners, brothers Will and Mick Balleau tasted their first beers, and the fit out – rough-hewn timbers, naked bricks, wrought iron – reflects this, as does the rock‘n’roll soundtrack.
The freshness of the raw bar takes the edge off Longhorn's menu, which is overwhelmingly meat and carb-heavy. Six cuts of steak get cooked on a wood-fired grill out back. The largest, a T-bone, weighs in at a whopping 1200 grams. The other options are potatoes done six ways, pasta or salad.