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Valentine's Day Dinner in Detroit Metropolitan Area (DTW)

manhong Jan 13, 2012 02:44 PM

I need some help in locating a nice restaurant for Valentine's Day in the Detroit metropolitan area. My girlfriend and I have been to Forest Grill, Bacco Ristorante, Iridescence, Roast, Wolfgang Puck Grille, Rugby Grille, Logans, the Chop House in Ann Arbor, and Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor, 42 degrees north, and 24 grille and was looking for a new place. We thought about Root Restaurant in White Lake, Due Venti in Clawson, or Common Grille in Chelsea , but the drive is a bit far for a weeknight (about 40-45 minutes from Canton). Any place you would recommend? Rattlesnake Club? Table 5? Cuisine?

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    grouper RE: manhong Jan 13, 2012 04:18 PM

    Have you been to the West End Grill in Ann Arbor? I think it's a cozy place for Valentine's Day and the food is excellent...martini's aren't too bad either. That should fit into your drive time, but they don't seat many so you may have to make reservations soon.

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      manhong RE: grouper Jan 14, 2012 10:55 AM

      Thanks grouper. I thought about West End Grill as well. I'll definitely consider it.

    2. rainsux RE: manhong Jan 13, 2012 04:19 PM

      NoVI, Northern Lakes Seafood or The Lark.

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        manhong RE: rainsux Jan 14, 2012 10:56 AM

        Thanks rainsux. We're probably going to do NoVI for our anniversary. The Lark is out of my budget range and I heard Northern Lakes Seafood isn't that good.

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        MARISKANY RE: manhong Jan 13, 2012 04:43 PM

        It's a Matter of Taste in Union Lake.

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          manhong RE: MARISKANY Jan 14, 2012 10:56 AM

          That is a good idea Mariskany. Thanks.

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          vniemo RE: manhong Jan 14, 2012 07:05 AM

          Bistro 222 in Dearborn.

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            manhong RE: vniemo Jan 14, 2012 10:57 AM

            Didn't think about Bistro 222 vniemo. Thanks.

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              momskitchen RE: vniemo Jan 14, 2012 03:13 PM

              I think West End Grilll is the most romantic restaurant ever. Go for that!

            2. IndyGirl RE: manhong Jan 16, 2012 01:30 PM

              Shiro in Novi is great if you like japanese. It is outstanding and the ambience would be perfect for Vday.

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                rainsux RE: IndyGirl Jan 16, 2012 01:56 PM

                Good suggestion! In the asian spirit; I'll also suggest Hoa Hung in FH for Chinese.

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                  IndyGirl RE: rainsux Jan 16, 2012 02:08 PM

                  I adore Shiro. Only been there once but just because it's kind of far away for us. The stir-fried egg noodles seem like a safe option, but they are absolutely outstanding. And they serve up a generous portion!!! Great place, highly recommend.

                  Making a note of Hoa Hung!

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                    boagman RE: IndyGirl Jan 16, 2012 02:43 PM

                    Is that a fact? I've only ever driven by there, and my pinball club is right around the corner from it! I'll have to try out those stir-fried egg noodles.

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                      IndyGirl RE: boagman Jan 16, 2012 05:10 PM

                      Fact. Also, my dining companions are sushi and sashimi freaks and they were very impressed (one of them has spent lots of time in Japan).

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                        boagman RE: IndyGirl Jan 16, 2012 06:23 PM

                        Hey IG, I was just looking over Shiro's menu...are you referring to the egg noodles in a *black bean* sauce? That sounds...awful. It sounds like a total starch overload, or am I reading too much into it?

                        When I go, I want to try the right thing, dontchaknow...

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                          IndyGirl RE: boagman Jan 16, 2012 07:02 PM

                          Unfortunatley, I CANNOT remember which sauce I ordered. Probably the black bean sauce, since I distinctly remember asking for whatever was spiciest, and then they brought out additional spicy condiments. I got tofu, if that matters.

                          These are the egg noodles and NOT the udon noodles... I'm not a huge fan of udon noodles in the first place, but especially not sauteed.

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                            boagman RE: IndyGirl Jan 16, 2012 07:20 PM

                            Hmm. Well, at least that's something to go on. Were there any veggies in with the noodles? I'm not a tofu guy...I'll get some *real* protein with it. ;)

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                              boagman RE: boagman Jan 22, 2012 10:23 PM

                              IG, I tried that noodle dish you were talking about and it is fantastic. You were so right, and I thank you for the great suggestion! I'll definitely be back for it.

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                                IndyGirl RE: boagman Jan 23, 2012 01:03 PM

                                So glad you liked it!!! I must get back out there... I'm jonesing for a fix.

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                                  boagman RE: IndyGirl Jan 23, 2012 01:57 PM

                                  Oddly enough, IG, me too!

                                  I must admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, because when I went and got carryout, it seems (well, *was*) a bit pricey for carryout, or at least I thought it was. As well, I asked to try a bit of the black bean sauce they use for the dish before I committed to buying the dish, and to be honest, I didn't think much of the sample of the sauce. Still, I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt, so I asked if that was the spiciest of the sauces they offered with the stir-fry egg noodles (it was), and so the only difference between what you had and what I did was that mine had chicken as the protein, compared to your tofu.

                                  I honestly don't understand how that sauce "changes" when cooked, but whatever the case, the finished product was very, very good. The salad that came with it (which I didn't know about, and definitely helped when factoring in the "pricey" consideration) was very fresh, if completely standard fare (iceberg lettuce, some half tomato slices, some cucumber slices, and their version of the Asian ginger dressing on the side). I would have liked it to be more far-reaching in the ingredient category and have a better dressing, but considering that I didn't even *know* I was getting a salad, it was very nice.

                                  But oh, those noodles. Not only did the whole dish taste very good, but it was also surprisingly eye-catching/aesthetically pleasing, even in a carryout container! That's pretty hard-to-get, so far as I've seen. Usually carryout containers are recipients of ingredients that are unceremoniously (for lack of a better term here) "dumped" into them, and then they're closed. This stir fry was visually appealing, and it was good hot, at room temperature, and cold.

                                  How do I know this? Because it never made it home! I ate the salad immediately because salad doesn't last, and then ate about 1/3 of the stir fry, and went in to play some pinball. 1.5-2 hours later? Another 1/3 of the stir fry kissed itself goodbye. Another 1.5 hours later? It was the last gasp of life for it...and not one bit of it was wasted. Plus, the chicken pieces were properly cooked, juicy, and very recognizable as chicken. No, "What's that?" moments. The veggies included were vibrant and still had the proper amount of crunch.

                                  Bonus points for including chop sticks *only* with my carryout. I look forward to having the same thing for less money at lunch later this week!

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                                    IndyGirl RE: boagman Jan 23, 2012 09:05 PM

                                    Fantastic!!! Makes me so happy!!

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                                      xman887 RE: boagman Jan 24, 2012 07:10 PM

                                      you got brass - asking for a sample of sauce before commiting to a carryout.

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                                        VTB RE: xman887 Jan 24, 2012 08:18 PM


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                                          boagman RE: xman887 Jan 24, 2012 10:10 PM

                                          Well, yes. But, in fairness to me, it wasn't like I wasn't going to get something, anyway. The whole point of the visit was to dip my toe in the water, so to speak, and the server understood that. Whether it was that dish, or another, they were getting some business from me that night. The only thing I was sure that it *wasn't* going to be was sushi. Just wasn't in the mood for that, but I was definitely getting a noodle dish of some kind, based on IG's recommendation.

                                          Whether the sauce was the correct one was a good reason to try it beforehand, yes? It was that info that allowed me to be sure I was getting the same one IG had said was so good. It would be *seriously* gauche to ask to try out a sauce for carryout and then order nothing at all. I wouldn't do that, ever.

                                          But yes, you're absolutely right: I'm brassy. Got big brass ones, I do. ;)

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                    satjat RE: manhong Jan 16, 2012 06:34 PM

                    I think Root is worth the trip. Wife and I went about 2 months ago. Strip mall vibe is weird but once inside the food is very good. Casual atmosphere and attentive staff.

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                      berkleybabe RE: manhong Jan 17, 2012 05:10 PM

                      For sheer romance, I don't think you can beat the Whitney for atmosphere. Family members, who are good food people, just love Due Venti -- it's the go-to place for them, and it small, family run. Don't think you could miss for either of these.

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                        Rosedale RE: manhong Jan 19, 2012 06:28 PM

                        Have you tried Fiamma Grille in Plymouth? http://www.fiammagrille.com/ Not too far from Canton, cozy atmosphere. And if you're going on Valentine's Day itself, which is a Tuesday, they have 1/2 off all bottles of wine on Tuesdays. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if they discontinued it for that night.

                        We went a couple weeks ago. Our table of four shared the calamari appetizer. My husband and and had split the crimson roasted beet salad with chevre cakes. I had the homemade Yankee pot roast ravioli and it was fabulous. My husband got the ahi tuna, which was really good, by the ravioli was better. Everyone was more than happy with their meals.

                        The service was great. The owner/manager stopped by to chat. Overall a very nice evening which we're looking forward to repeating in the near future.

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                          syrup09 RE: Rosedale Jan 20, 2012 04:01 AM

                          How about the Cafe Cortina in Farmington Hills.

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                          berkleybabe RE: manhong Jan 22, 2012 04:44 PM

                          Another option: Giovanni's in SW Detroit. I don't think you'll get the hype of Valentine's Day, just warm, personal service and outstanding food. Very relaxing, comfortable and just delicious and you leave feeling kind of all buffed up and shining.

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                            Sonny_Funzio RE: manhong Jan 22, 2012 09:39 PM

                            I'd say give Ocean Prime a try

                            other possibilities
                            Capital Grille
                            Ruth's Chris

                            Ok. So I like steak.

                            btw: I don't believe Gastronomy is open yet (?) ... anyone heard of a date?

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                              manhong RE: Sonny_Funzio Jan 23, 2012 09:58 AM

                              Thanks for everyone's feedback. I have decided to go to the Rattlesnake Club. I will keep all of the other options in mind for the future.

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                              saffron99 RE: manhong Jan 23, 2012 03:45 PM

                              Have you tried Jeremy Restaurant and Bar in Keego Harbor? Very creative chef.

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                                BobRe RE: manhong Jan 26, 2012 08:52 AM

                                Speaking of noodles in black bean sauce, Mon Jin Lau in Troy seves a dish called "Spicy Seafood Noodles." It's noodles in a black bean sauce with lobster, shrimp, scallops, asparagus, baby corn, and more. It's awesome.

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