The Five Crowns, a Lawry’s brand restaurant, is holding it’s Grand Re-Opening on Thursday, May 19. An updated menu and some interior changes will be noticed by frequent diners. Signature favorites such as Lawry’s Rib Eye, Creamed Spinach, and Creamed Corn will always be available, but the menu will change seasonally to reflect the availability of local ingredients.
Five Crowns was originally established in 1965 and is a replica of Ye Olde Bell, England’s Oldest Inn located outside of London.
According to Lawry’s Design Director, Susie Frank,
“our goal was to rely on our wonderful antiques and artifacts to maintain the warmth and authenticity of our English Inn setting, while adding some new highlights such as stunning photographs by David Halliday.”
I was able to taste some of the new menu items at a recent media event, and the additions definitely compliment the restaurant’s staple dishes. The Artichoke Tarte Tatin ($15) was an excellent appetizer – the goat cheese melted onto the artichoke on a pastry and was delicious! I have tried a couple different fish dishes, and have enjoyed them all, so you can’t really go wrong with that. I also hear the steak is very good, especially considering it’s their signature dish. If that’s what you’re into, you can choose from Veal Skirt Steak, their Signature Ribeye, or roasted Prime Ribs. I found the grilled asparagus with blood oranges ($8) very tasty, as well as my favorite at the Five Crowns, the Stilcheddar Mac n’ Cheese ($7). Both could compliment just about any entree choice.
If you want a rich, chocolately dessert, then the Dark Chocolate Souffle ($12) is for you! the 68% chocolate souffle came out piping hot with Devonshire double cream melting on top. The menu says it’s a portion for sharing, but I had no problem finishing off the entire thing myself! For a lighter dessert, the Tangerine custard cake ($7) was light and fruity.
Five Crowns is located at 3801 East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, and is open for dinner nightly. Valet parking is available for $4.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (949) 760-0331 or online.
Photos courtesy of Five Crowns