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5ense, Sense of Thai St. Restaurant
Review by Michael Lipson
5ense (703-858-1980) is located at 20413 Exchange St, Ashburn VA in the heart of One Loudoun. The restaurant features a large horseshoe-shaped bar in the middle of the restaurant with an open kitchen. We didn’t have a drink but both bartenders were busy indicating they have a good selection. Hours: Sun – Thurs, 11.30am – 10pm & Fri – Sat, 11.30am – 11pm
On this warm Sunday evening, the bar is full and there is chatter from a dozen tables of customers. Doors are open like in a sidewalk café and streaming music fills the air. Choose a table rather than a booth by a window to avoid the flies. We were greeted promptly on arriving. Our waiter was knowledgeable about food selections and attentive to our needs. Food was served hot which is definitely a plus.
The menu offers many specialty items as well as traditional Thai food. Our entries were served with white rice but brown rice is available as a substitute and Jasmine rice at a $2.00 extra charge. We started with lettuce wrap from a list of almost two dozen appetizer choices. It comes with chicken strips and shredded vegetables and at $15.00 and was big enough to be an entree. We selected two main dishes from the rice column. Other dishes featuring noodles or curry are also available.
We selected Eggplant with Shrimp at $17.00 and Jungle (Pad Par Gai) with pork at $14.00 both less spicy. We should have requested much less spicy. Their dishes are served with many Thai vegetables. Both dishes were served with fresh ingredients and were very tasty. When we return, we would try a noodle dish and rice dish without finger peppers which is the spicy ingredient in both our dishes that we ordered today.
Here is a link to their menu: http://www.senseofthai.com/menu/
Visit Loudoun Wineries
Western Loudoun is home to several wineries and many have tasting rooms and various events. Not interested in wine? The drive itself is beautiful. Below is a list of wineries that I have visited. Also I suggest you dine at Grandale Restaurant and Catering.
Directions: Go west on route 7 and take the bypass road toward Winchester. Take the route 9 exit and turn right (north) and keep driving. The first vineyard on your route is Loudoun Valley Vineyards. Continue on through Hillsboro – drive slowly as the speed limit is 25 mph – and soon you will come to Hillsborough Vineyards. Next on your journey and you have two choices – turn onto Harpers Ferry Road and go visit Maggie Malick’s Wine Caves or continue onto Sagle road which is on the right off of route 9. Sagle road is a well maintained dirt road and an interesting drive to Notaviva Vineyards. Sagle road intersects both route 9 and Harpers Ferry Road. So if you want to visit Maggie Malick’s Wine Caves after Notaviva, continue on Sagle Road to Harpers Ferry Road and turn left.
Each of these Vineyards has a website that give detailed information about their wines, events and hours. Also http://www.visitloudoun.org/trip-ideas/wine-country lists the wineries in the area and gives ideas for itineraries.
Loudoun Valley Vineyards: http://loudounvalleyvineyards.com/
38516 Charles Town Pike, Waterford, VA 20197 540-882-3375
Hillsboro Vineyards: http://www.hillsboroughwine.com/
36716 Charles Town Pike, Purcelville, VA 20132 540-882-3375
Maggie Malic Wine Caves: http://www.maggiemalickwinecaves.com/
12138 Harpers Ferry Rd., Purcellville, VA 20132 540-905-2921
Notaviva Vineyards: http://www.NotavivaVineyards.com/
13274 Sagle Rd., Purcellville, VA 20132 540-668-6756
Grandale Restaurant: http://www.grandalerestaurant.com
14001 Harpers Ferry Road, Neersville, VA 20132 540-668-6000
This restaurant is on the left, before Maggie Malick’s Wine Caves. The food is excellent. It is popular and I recommend making reservations.
Grandale Restaurant and 868 Estate Vineyards offer a breath-taking, historic Virginia setting on 120 beautiful acres of lush, manicured lawns that showcase their vineyards, and the rolling hills of the estate. They offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-sourced fare. Wines come from their own 868 Estate Vineyards, other Loudoun neighbors, and from around the world. Dress is business casual for dinner.
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday Dinner: 5pm to 9pm
Friday through Saturday Lunch: 12 noon to 4pm Dinner: 5pm to 9pm
Sunday Brunch 11am to 3pm Dinner 3pm to 8pm