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Archive for March, 2016

Katoi (Preview)- Detroit MI

2520 Michigan Avenue, Detroit MI 48216

Opens March 21, 2016

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The long awaited Katoi will open next Monday, March 21. The well liked food truck parked across the street at Two James Distillery now has a brick and mortar home.

I stopped in during the preview to take a look. I must say that I am impressed with the design. I had seen some progress photos and thought that I would not like the loft like “abandoned-building-take-over-and-leave-it-as-is-and-call-it-cool” vibe. Well I was wrong on both counts. It is actually a very sophisticated dynamic design, and I really quite like it.

I did not eat, so can only comment on the space and the bartender’s skills. My drink was very interesting, unique and delicious. I cannot wait to return and actually sit in the dining room and have dinner. I think it will be fantastic.

Katoi Website



Grey Ghost Detroit: Ghost Tour – The Lamb

Pop-up at The Meeting House, Rochester, MI

Event 03/14/16

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The Lamb  –  The 4th dinner in the “Ghost Tour” preview pop-up series for Grey Ghost Detroit, was a great success. It was held in Rochester MI to introduce the animal centric cuisine of John Vermiglio and Josef Giacomino to the suburbs before their brick and mortar restaurant opens in Detroit later this year.

The 6 courses were accompanied by available craft cocktails created by Will Lee, the Grey Ghost beverage director and partner. I was able to try a couple of the drinks and heartily approve. Will has an uncanny sense of blending different flavors to create a complex balanced unique cocktail.

David Vermiglio, the business partner was working the room making sure everyone was having a perfect experience – and we were. David and John’s mother was also there and introduced herself to me at my table. She is very proud of her sons and thanked me for coming to the dinner in a very sincere unassuming way – like only a mother can.

The courses were delicious, with cilantro jam, ale gravy, crispy olives,  and vindaloo bursts of flavor accenting the lamb in the various courses.

The evening was complete with a snicker and laugh. What dessert can be created with Lamb? Well sheep’s milk cheesecake with lamb-cracker crust, of course (it was delicious as well).

Grey Ghost Detroit Website

(Note: I am not affiliated with Grey Ghost Detroit in any way other than being a big fan. I have had drinks made by Will Lee at various restaurants in Detroit, and was introduced to Grey Ghost by attending their second pop-up at Revolver  in January. I have been to all of their pop-ups since. My review is based on their food which is fantastic, and also the people that make up Grey Ghost Detroit – they all seem fantastic as well).

The Peterboro (Preview)-Detroit MI

March 10, 2016

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I was excited to get a sneak peek of one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the year.  I got in – not only to get a look around, but I also was able to sample some of the great dishes.  It was well worth the wait.

The bar side has a green tile wall as the backdrop. A large horseshoe bar with a black concrete countertop focuses on a metal tower backbar complete with a lucky Maneki-neco cat.

The dining room side has a mix of traditional Chinese elements – a large tiger painting  and red paper lanterns. They are artfully placed in a loft like space with a high communal table in the center of the space.

Everything I had at the dinner was delicious. I sampled the pork belly, paper chicken, hanger steak and almond boneless chicken. An interesting menu item was the Sherry selection. they were well paired with the entree items.

I cannot wait for The Peterboro to open, so I can sample the rest of the menu.



Huron Room – Detroit MI

2547 Bagley, Detroit MI 48216

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Visited December 15, 2015