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Restaurant Week: A foodies delight

Whether you’re a foodie or not Detroit’s Restaurant Week is not to be missed. Our Detroit Unspun team dined at as many of the restaurants participating as possible … tough job but somebody has to do it.

Mosaic in the heart of Greektown was my choice my first trip out. To sum it up … spectacular service and terrific food. The roasted pumpkin bisque was mighty tasty (I might have left the pumpkin seeds off as a garnish) and the Salmon Beurre Noisette (pan-seared Alaskan salmon, prepared with creamy polenta, new potatoes, and sautéed root vegetable and served with a brown butter sauce) was excellent. The chocolate tart (prepared with chocolate ganache, candied hazelnut and dark chocolate drizzle) was good but my husband raved about the Orange Semifreddo (prepared with citrus zest and strawberry). I’m getting that next time.

The place was packed but our waiter still made us feel very special. Manager Kurt Bender even stopped by to chat. We got talking about Restaurant Week and its impact on the city.

“I love Restaurant Week,” he said. “Not just because it brings business in to our restaurant but because it brings people Downtown and we can show the city off.”

Kurt is also an expert at preparing Bananas Foster. We didn’t order it but we watched him make it for another couple. Spectacular show!

I also got to hit The Whitney. The service was great … and the food was good. The dessert – a duo of the Whitney carrot cake and a key lime dish were outstanding.

As always the building is beautiful and can be very romantic. When I was there with friends a few week ago we got to see romance it its best. A young couple was seated at the table next to us. Every few minutes the waitress would bring a few roses to the table along with a note from the gentleman. This continued for about 15 minutes. The woman would smile after each note and continue on with the conversation. Soon there were a dozen roses sitting in a beautiful vase on the table and we could see a slightly nervous young man reach into his pocket. He bent down on one kneel … in front of the whole room … and asked her to marry him. Tears and hugs followed along with flashing the bling … and beautiful bling it was … and an offer from our table to take a picture with the soon-to-be bride’s cell phone.

My husband and I have gone to The Whitney for many special events and it is indeed a special place. It turns 25 this year and is celebrating its quarter century of fine dining throughout October and November with four special dinner menus combining the best of the past with the best of today’s dining fare as well as new desserts and special wine pairings.  A complimentary glass of champagne will be offered with each dinner. So if you couldn’t make it for Restaurant Week stop in October and November … the complimentary champagne is sure to get me there.

“The world moves at such a breakneck pace,” said Bud Liebler, owner of The Whitney. “We appreciate Detroiters taking time out to enjoy friends, family, business associates and fabulous food and drink at The Whitney. We support local and Michigan businesses and we plan to be here for at least another 25 years to do so. We’re counting on metro Detroiters to continue to come down to the emerging new Detroit and take advantage of everything we have to offer.”

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