>> Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2nd.
Detroit Restaurant Week. This is our choice for the week, having been to most the others.
Tonight we have Thad, Master P, Scarlet, Lulu and Me.
Our biggest observation of the night, all the staff here seems to be zoned out and confused. They misplace things, get everything ordered confused and do not know the menu very well. It was not just Olivia, our server, but everyone from the bartender to bussers.
Oh, and I must give a sidebar rant:
Why, Why, Why do "nice" restaurants allow bathroom attendants to pander in their restrooms? I just wanted some privacy in the small bathroom, but had to be doted on by a bathroom attendant looking for a tip? Pumping my soap for me...watching me primp....listening to me pee? Why? What restaurant manager EVER thinks this is good idea? I can pump my own soap! Please stop this insanity now!
Master P and I order of the restaurant week menu, also with the recommended wine pairings. I have the asian chicken skewers and the parmesan encrusted tilapia. The chicken never arrived, but that's ok because I really didn't want it, was just sticking with the preordained menu. The tilapia was like glorified fish sticks, and Scarlet says she buys the exact same frozen parmesan encrusted tilapia at Sam's club.
I did order the house chop salad, which was delicious with bacon, blue cheese and a lemon vinaigrette.
We have seared ahi tuna appetizer. It was decent. Thad will not eat the jalapeno aioli that comes on top, but it is pretty good. The spicy slaw that came with this, and also with the crab cake and BBQ shrimp is so great. We want a recipe for the slaw, it would be perfect at a summer barbecue.
Master P has the seafood fettuccine. He is a little disappointed the pasta is overly buttery and salty. I know usually butter and salt is a good thing, but apparently you can overdo it. He also had the BBQ shrimp appetizer and clam chowder...he said they were both good. I didn't care for the BBQ sauce, it was very tomato-y.
Vegetarian Lulu has the chop salad also (without bacon, cheese or olives!) and Mac & Cheese without lobster. The mac and cheese is not so great. We are not impressed. They also create a large plate of assorted veggies for her, including yummy grilled asparagus and mushrooms.
Scarlet has the blackened seabass with a side of shrimp. She also has the crab cake appetizer, which she says is good with the sweet sauce and spicy slaw.
Thad has the house specialty steamer bucket: Lobster, clams, mussels, corn on the cob & redskins. He said it is good, but not as good as the lobster pot pie at Saltwater.
For dessert, we have the cheesecake, key lime pie, lava cake and peach cobbler. This is one of the rare occasions were we do not go nuts over dessert and we did not even finish a single one. They all tasted store bought except the peach cobbler. The cobbler was OK, but didn't have much "cobbler" to it.
As for the atmosphere, we appreciated the live music. The dining area was very cold and loud. We do recommend if you want to have a more intimate event to reserve one of the more private curtained booths.
The total for the night was $306 plus tip. Our overall average rating is about 3.5. We recommend that for seafood in Detroit you visit Saltwater instead. Although we blew threw $1200 there quickly, it really isn't much more pricy than DSM.