Small Plates". At that time, we had an incredible experience of some of the most wonderful tapas that you could ever want. Plates were decorated beautifully and the taste of each dish was top notch. When the restaurant was full, there was a general buzz of excitement around the place for what might come out. This is something that is hard to find, especially in a restaurants start up when everyone is trying to figure everything out. That was not the case here. Everything was clicking.
Recently I returned to Small Plates with some special guests that we had in town. I had really talked it up and told them about this really cool place where you can experience a variety of foods, colors, and textures all in one meal. When we walked in I remembered why we loved the place before. It has great personality. A long narrow dining room with a bar down the right and tables on the left. An open kitchen at the end of the restaurant allows diners to watch their meals being prepared.
The host was friendly enough, and seated us near the windows. I thought it was surprisingly quiet for an evening that events were going on in the city, but we were a little early so I really thought nothing of it. Our waitress came and was very distracted and un-attentive right from the start. Not bothering to write anything down so she managed to get my guests drinks wrong, and this was only the beginning of several mistakes.
As we began perusing over the menu, I noticed that it just simply was not what it used to be. We went expecting to get a large sampling of several different items, but instead, I was looking at an average bistro menu. All the usual's were there, for an average dinner menu. While there are still a generous list of appetizers. What made this place Small Plates had somehow been transformed and dumbed down to normal plates.
I ended up with a sandwich, and one of my guests had a pizza and we did all share what we had order, but it is just simply not the same. None of the food was bad, but it was just not what we had gone expecting at all, it was just normal. Small Plates is no longer the experience that it has been in the past, and the service this time round was simply lacking from what it used to be. The whole thing was just simply, average.
Passion for food!
If your reading this then you likely find yourself in a category that many classify as foodie. That is simply to say that you love food. I too, am a food lover, and I love to experience the eclectic mix of food opportunities that Metro Detroit has to offer. I have created this site because I love to explore new restaurants, tastes, and cultures. My work has granted me the opportunity to experience all of this, both here in Metro Detroit, and in other parts of the world. Detroit is a wonderful mix of some of the worlds best foods. I hope that reading these entries will stir you to want to experience something new and exciting.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
If you have been reading MDF for very long, then you know that one of my favorites in food culture is Thai food. For many years I have been asking new people that I encounter what their favorite restaurant is. This question gives me a good sampling of what people really like, and gives me opportunity to check out new restaurants.