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Jul 19, 2012 05:57 AM

Le Chef [Farmington Hills, DTW]

Stopped in @ 8pm on my way home from Ohio. One 3-top and two 4-tops occupied. Nicely
appointed ... seems to be aiming for middle eastern fine dining.

Service was prompt, knowledgeable, helpful and attentive without being intrusive.

I chose to dine outside on a small patio. It is shielded from the Home Depot parking lot by
a tall hedge row. While waiting on my meal, the staff provided the necessary WPA2 key so
that I could use their WiFi to catch-up on the 94 emails that had arrived during my 5 hour
drive. Ugh.

I ordered a combination plate: Beef, lamb & chicken. For the sides, I ordered fatoush, grilled
veggies and fancy potatoes. I requested the beef to be grilled, medium. It arrived well-done,
but not overly so. Regardless, all the proteins were flavorful. The fatoush was a nice coarse
chop, just the way I like it. Very good. It's tough to screw-up grilled veggies and potatoes and
they were properly cooked. Everything arrived hot. Bread was fresh from the oven and quite
tasty. Wished I asked for a few slices to stash in the doggie bag.

I will happily return. Le Chef will probably replace Al Oumara as my regular stop whenever
I'm craving m/e cuisine.

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  1. I've heard from others that the food is good, but the prices are a little high.

    5 Replies
    1. re: MARISKANY

      Yabbut, they are trying to establish a Fine(r) dining, dining room, pricing, service and perhaps
      menu. I was very happy with my combo plate.

      1. re: rainsux

        Coupon for Le Chef at today, good time to check it out!

      2. re: MARISKANY

        I returned to Le Chef again, on Saturday, with my bride. The place was a ghost town @ 6pm.
        People began to trickle in ~6:30. Quite populated at 7pm, but there were still a few open tables.

        The Oy coupon requires ordering two entrees. We elected to share the stuffed eggplant and
        trio-combination entrees. Beef was ordered medium. No pink anywhere in sight. Well done,
        throughout. But it was still very tender and tasty. Next time, I'll order rare. Everything else was
        precisely as we had ordered. The stuffed eggplant was devine. I repeated the grilled veggie
        side and tried their rice side. I'm usually ambivalent about rice. I enjoyed their preparation.

        The bar menu lacked non-alcoholic beer/wine choices. They were appropriately apologetic
        and embarrassed. I did not inquire about carrying in my own for next time. Will have to call/ask.

        Plenty of food to take home. Their bread is wonderful. I asked if it was possible that two
        (add'l) slices might happen to land in the carry-out container. I was provided a separate
        container with five ...

        Server was the same as before. Remembered me. He helped shift the patio table a smidge
        so that we could both sit in the shade.

        Re: prices. Not inexpensive. But not unreasonable for the food, portion size, setting and

        When the Oy coupons run out, we'll probably shift to sharing one appetizer sample (it was
        huge), one entree and (try to) split the salad. That will be plenty of food for two, but we
        probably won't be taking anything home.

        They've also got a carry-out menu ... and it mentions free delivery within 5 miles.

        1. re: rainsux

          > When the Oy coupons run out, we'll probably shift to sharing one appetizer
          > sampler (it was huge), one entree and (try to) split the salad. That will be
          > plenty of food for two, but we probably won't be taking anything home.

          We used our last Oy coupon last night. It was a wonderful night on their patio.

          We ordered one [1] appetizer sampler ($14) and one [1] entree ($25). We split
          everything and still took food home. Entree comes with two [2] sides and and a
          choice of salads.

          The Oy coupon required ordering two [2] entrees, but the waiter managed to
          finesse it with mgt, explaining that the appetizer sampler was ordered as an

          1. re: rainsux

            Hey, now *that's* a great example of great service. This, alone, makes me want to go there. It sounds like they're in business to treat people correctly, and that's a sign of a great place.

      3. I'm a bit unhappy with my last visit ... but it was my own fault.

        - They now charge $6/head for sharing plates, even
        appetizers. It is mentioned on the menu. I did notice. I
        asked if it would could be waived for our party of five. Not.

        - Parties >4 now get a mandatory tip added to the bill. It
        was not mentioned. I do not recall seeing it mentioned on the
        menu. I did not notice until the next day. Ergo I seriously
        over-tipped. When I brought it to their attention the next
        day. They've only got a few waitstaff. I'll make certain that
        she understands why my next few tips are gonna be, um, light.

          1. re: rainsux

            I forgot about this aspect of the place until last night on my way home from the airport, when we tried to stop here, only to find out/remember that they'd permanently closed. Unfortunate.

            We decided to try La Marsa instead, and we were quite happy with that choice. I, and my driver/roommate Alex, liked everything we had. They did fine.