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prcentauri Apr 19, 2011 11:19 AM

i dont mean to hi-jack your thread but the thread followers here seem to be a great crew to talk to...my gf and i are moving from nyc to the detroit area in june. she's chinese. i'm not. between the two of us we've been eating chinese food in china, hk, flushing, manhattan etc our entire lives (30 yrs). we are worried we wont find the foods we eat on a daily basis. i've tried to come up with a list of places to eat for when we move but i'm not having much luck. all i'm aware of is midtown shangri-la. its pretty good? is the one in west bloomfield as good? are there other solid chinese restaurants? how about vietnamese, malaysian, japanese? from what i've read noble fish (sushi) seems good. i also just came the websites for asia city and golden harvest, those look pretty good as well. people have mentioned matsuchan (ramen). i hope you guys are willing to help me out with some info. thx.

-peter-

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    RedTop Jul 16, 2011 03:58 PM

    Over the last week or so, seems like Detroit 'hounds are getting a bit testy.

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      VTB Jul 16, 2011 07:15 PM

      Just throwing some bait out there to see whether I could lure him out of hiding. I probably should taken a more courteous approach...sorry about bringing the 'tude. :-)

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        prcentauri Jul 17, 2011 04:11 PM

        Hey. Just logged in for the first time in a while. Our move was delayed a bit. We've been around for about two weeks and I jumped right into work, 9 days straight. Just spend the past several days getting settled. So far we've been to a few places. Some Asian. Some not Asian. These are the Asian places we've hit up thus far...

        Kitchen Hanzo. Twice. Really enjoyed their simple, flavorful small plates.
        Shangri La West Bloomfield. Twice. Once for dinner. Had a solid 京都排骨 that rivals most good places in NYC. Once for dim sum. Had about 8 dim sum items between the two of us. I'd say it's not close to the best places in NYC but better than some for sure.
        Noble Fish. Busy. Just ok. We'll have to go back again.
        Pho Que Huong. The oxtail base for the pho was good. The com bo luc lac was not so good.

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          prcentauri Jul 17, 2011 05:28 PM

          and Thuy Trang. Good Vietnamese. Only had a small sample of the menu but I enjoyed it more than Que Huong.

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            boagman Jul 17, 2011 07:19 PM

            Hmm. I'd give Noble Fish another try, yes. If, after that, you're still deeming it to be in the "just okay" category, you may be severely disappointed in the sushi offerings in the area, here. I tend to think of that one as the best.

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            Noble Fish
            45 E 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017

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        VTB Jul 16, 2011 01:35 PM

        Did Peter prcentauri fall off the face of the Earth? ...or cancel his move to DTW...or just blow us off?

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          oppsie Apr 20, 2011 06:09 AM

          Unfortunately if you've been eating in China, HK, Flushing, Manhattan etc, you're going to be disappointed here. Viet and Japanese can be had, no problem, but Chinese of any specific cuisine beyond "American" is hard to find that will be up to what I suspect your standards are. On the other hand, though, a lot of the Chinese restaurants here have non-English menus, so I can't speak on those since I am usually limited to the English and servers always look at me like I'm crazy when I ask them to surprise me with something from the non-English menu.

          Open your own restaurant, we will all patronize it frequently. :)

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            rainsux Apr 20, 2011 10:12 AM

            > but Chinese of any specific cuisine beyond "American" is hard to find that will be up to
            > what I suspect your standards are.

            I'll disagree. Golden Harvest seems to draw primarily chinese patrons from
            a very broad area.

            I'll also suggest that VTB to get his wife's recommendation re: authenticity.

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            Golden Harvest
            6880 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

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              VTB Apr 20, 2011 10:24 AM

              over some beers. bring your recent beach pictures. :-)

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                oppsie Apr 20, 2011 10:51 AM

                Sorry, specific cuisine beside American/Cantonese and dim sum shops. Sichuan has new hope thanks to Trizest. Also I'd argue that GH draws primarily Chinese patrons because they have no other choice. GH is good but it is not on the level of what the OP is describing as his favorite haunts. Or what I'm interpreting them to be. :)

                If you find a place serving Shanghai cuisine, let me know. XLB, kau fu, etc.

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                  moose734 Apr 20, 2011 03:15 PM

                  Every restaurant has I mentioned above has translated Chinese menus. Yes, they still have some non-translated specials only in Chinese, but they still have quite the array of translated menu items. It's actually really simple now to find Sichuan food in Metro Detroit. No it's not going to touch ( for the most part) a major Chinatown in terms of scope and variety, but finding cuisine above and beyond Ameri-Chinese is not such a difficult task anymore.

            2. rainsux Apr 20, 2011 04:10 AM

              My Japanese colleague recommends:

              - Sakura in Novi; 12 Oaks Mall area
              - Akasak; Canton

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                moose734 Apr 19, 2011 06:19 PM

                Where in the Detroit area will you be ? A lot of your answers can be found in Ann Arbor area ( not for Vietnamese though, stick to Madison Heights for that) Ann Arbor has Chia Shiang,Middle Kingdom,TK Wu, and Asian Legend. All of those have Chinese menus of different lenghts. Happy Wok ( also in Ann Arbor) offers a few Malaysian and Singapore specialties. Alos, I just came across the news that the same people who run Trizest opened a Sichuan restaurant on the border of Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor.

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                Asian Legend
                516 E William St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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                  oppsie Apr 20, 2011 06:05 AM

                  Ooh, do they have the lamb dishes on the menu? If anybody wants to try it for weekday lunch sometime, holla.

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                    toro Jul 18, 2011 01:44 PM

                    whats the name of the restaurant of the trizest owners?

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                      VTB Jul 18, 2011 04:09 PM

                      I'm an Eastsider, but if you get no other leads, then assume it is Bamboo Garden (curiously in common with the Westland name of the same) at 4905 Washtenaw, which may be a takeover of Emerald City.
                      http://www.usbgfood.com/coupon.asp

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                        JanPrimus Jul 18, 2011 05:43 PM

                        Not Westland Mr.

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                          VTB Jul 18, 2011 06:24 PM

                          (I was making an irrelevant, and regretted reference to http://www.bamboogardenwestland.com/ ...never mind).

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                            goatgolfer Jul 18, 2011 10:50 PM

                            Is the game back on?

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                      toro Apr 19, 2011 03:55 PM

                      move back to NYC....if not as stated in previous threads, Windsor is the way to go for dim sum, and vietnamese. Thuy Trang at 13 and John R is my go to vietnamese. Recently the Dim Sum at Asia City in Ann Arbor is much improved. No really good Thai, but Thai Cafe in Plymouth is the best. Japanese are about the same I like OK sushi in Canton and Ajisen in Canton not to be confused with Ajiten in Novi.

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                      Thuy Trang Restaurant
                      30491 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

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                        Wooderson Apr 20, 2011 05:37 AM

                        I think it is Ajishen in Novi and Ajiten in Canton

                      2. rainsux Apr 19, 2011 03:51 PM

                        > all i'm aware of is midtown shangri-la. its pretty good?

                        Yes.

                        > is the one in west bloomfield as good?

                        Yes.

                        > are there other solid chinese restaurants?

                        Golden Harvest, Trizest, Hong Hua ...

                        > how about vietnamese

                        Visit Madison Heights; several good selections.

                        > Malaysian

                        The only Malay restaurant that I am aware of went pan-Asian a few years ago.

                        > Japanese?

                        Yotsuba, Mene Sushi, Noble Fish ... I'll ask a few of my Japanese colleagues for recommendations.

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                        Golden Harvest
                        6880 E 12 Mile Rd, Warren, MI 48092

                        Noble Fish
                        45 E 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017

                        Mene Sushi
                        6239 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322

                        Hong Hua
                        27925 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

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                        1. re: rainsux
                          JanPrimus Apr 19, 2011 03:59 PM

                          Best China in Canton has some Authentic Chinese items if you ask for the right menu. Canton has a few good Japanese options and a very poor one. I am sure none of it will compare to NY though. Detroit lacks a bit in its ability to get a lot of good ingredients.

                          Where are you looking to move to neighborhood wise? Maybe we can help source good shopping for you too.

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