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Jan 16, 2011 11:04 AM

Bambu - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

Thanks to Boagman and momskitchen ( ), I yesterday tried Bambu ( ) in Grosse Pointe Farms, ordering the crabcakes and a “Milanese” pizza. Both were quite good, particularly the crabcakes, of course…I’d have ordered three plates of them if I could afford the price and calories (but then again, who can?). Delicious spicy side sauce! No crappy filler in the cakes, either. FYI--the pizza was not quite as gorgeous as the photo on the website but, hey, they supposedly mostly use organic ingredients. I'd order it again.

Unfortunately, this enjoyable upscale fusion bistro, whose cuisine cries out for beer and wine, does not have a license. I doubt they’d call the cops on a customer discretely doing BYOB from a nontransparent glass, but with a kid in tow, I wasn’t exactly in a position to risk getting taken away in handcuffs.

Out in front, on Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms was holding a little winter festival with ice sculptures, campfires with smores, etc.. It was appreciated, but darn cold…

I’m actually headed back to Bambu on Tuesday eve, because they’re holding a Thai cuisine cooking demo and dinner. It costs $38 tax/tip incld. The lineup is Tom Kha Gai, spring rolls, deep fried fish with chili and Thai basil (YES!!!!!), and a fusion ginger-lime crème brule. Because it is a “private” event, I think BYOB is welcomed. Rock ‘n roll. :-)

PS—class size is limited to 18-20. I think my wife and I were #s 12 and 13.

75 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

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  1. Glad you liked it - I don't find myslef in GP very often, but it was lovely for the lunch I had last summer. For dinner I would have liked a cocktail, though.

    1. As indicated, I did go to tonight’s Bambu Restaurant Thai cooking demo/dinner. It was really enjoyable, for me and for all the participants.

      Given that Bambu is a local GP Farms neighborhood spot and given that the eve cost $38/person, as you might imagine, the charmingly upscale clientele had some nicely styled cashmere goin’ on, perhaps a botox touch-up here and there, as well, though, as maybe some acid reflux concerns, etc.. So, needless to say, Chef Brandon didn’t go all “deep jungle” on the Continental folks paying his rent.

      However, considering that he lived/cooked in Thailand (granted, at a resort) for three years and that his business partner grew up in Thailand, he did throw out the following gauntlet: If I and some others DO want to go a little “hard core,” then he would “take us there” some time. Well, I’m thinking that in February some of us Chowhounders should figuratively bust out our bandanas/LonelyPlanets/Imodium/etc., and accept that challenge. What say ye? (Tuesday eves are relatively slower for Bambu, so that would be a good night for this type of custom dinner request, but other weekdays are possible, too.)

      75 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

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      1. re: VTB

        Folks, we've sent VTB our guidelines for planning a chow event ( and we're going to ask everyone to hold off on RSVPing here, as we prefer the planning to take place offline. Hopefully VTB will repost, and we'll sticky the post, so you all can make arrangements together.

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        1. Within what price range do the entrees fall?

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          1. re: jjspw

            $10-$15. But, note that it is more of an eclectic bistro than a formal restaurant. Bambu has some potential if you know what you want and are willing to ask for it (they seem open to accommodating). I'll scout it out a bit more, and get back to you guys next month. :-)

            1. re: VTB

              i tried it today for the first time and it was decent. i had a very good cup of tomato bisque and pretty good "beyond vegetarian" panini, which had a nice crusty bread filled with oozy goat cheese, pesto, sun dried tomato, artichoke hearts, and spinach. my friend had a ceasar salad with a crabcake on it and she liked it.

          2. Wow...apparently, they've closed! According to the head page of their website, they're going to be opening a new place called "Noble Pig" soon (supposedly, it was supposed to open in June 2012) but according to NP's Facebook page, they're almost open, pending inspection. Looks to be another BBQ place, which, frankly, isn't all that exciting to me.

            As much as I like BBQ, the market around here for BBQ is certainly saturated.

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            1. re: boagman

              Don't anyone go looking for Noble Pig in the former Bambu spot on Kercheval on the Hill. That's not where it is. Location is a small storefront on Mack, across from the plaza housing Barnes & Noble books.

              That makes me wonder what will be going into the former Bambu space.