401 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak MI 48067
Visited May 8 and 16, 2014
This totally remodeled space has reopened as a Bistro….a very good Bistro. Previously a Spanish Restaurant ( for the record I ate there a couple times and had subpar food and very subpar service), this new incarnation could not be more opposite. The food is excellent, and the service superb. I have visited twice, once I dined at the bar, and the second time with a group in the dining room. The greeters, bartenders, wait staff, and serving staff, have been well informed, personable, efficient, and friendly.
The dining room is simply sophisticated – simply presented in shades of grey, with a backlit stone bar adding warmth. The space is very open with exposed ductwork and white upholstered chairs with clean lines. The walls have a couple large paintings adding just the right pop of color.
The Goat Cheese Salad with honey, apple, petite greens, mixed nuts and raisin spread is a masterpiece, I liked it so much on my first visit, I had to order it again. Highlights from my meals and others at my table: the Beet Salad , the Cobia, the Salmon, and the Scallops (they do have meat and poultry on the menu, we were all just in a seafood mood I guess). For dessert we had the Cinnamon Sugar beignets, and shared the Dark Chocolate Tart. It was all delicious. Check out the Bistro 82 website for their Photo Menu of other tasty items, and the regular menu for the descriptions.
I highly recommend it.