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Bistro 82

Category: Places to Eat
Address: 401 S. Lafayette Ave.
City: Royal Oak
Phone: 248-542-0082

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In the dark, cold, winter of 2014, a bright spot popped up on the Royal Oak restaurant scene with the eagerly awaited opening of Bistro 82. Since then, it has become all the talk among those who know world-class cuisine, thanks to Chef Derik Watson’s inspired, creative, and simply gorgeous food.

“Interestingly enough, Derik was the first person we interviewed,” says Scott Sadoff, director of operations for AFB Hospitality, which owns Bistro 82. “The menu that he’s created has been so well-received — he knows how to give our guests the ultimate culinary experience.”

Before opening the restaurant, Sadoff, Watson, and AFB Hospitality Group principal Aaron F. Belen traveled to Chicago to scrutinize a variety of restaurants and formulate a vision for Bistro 82. The result was a French-influenced, modern European bistro in an elegant, sophisticated space. “We knew we had to deliver picture-perfect food of the best quality, made from the freshest ingredients possible, every time,” Sadoff says.

Bistro 82 sates the appetites of adventurous foodies with offerings like bone marrow, steak tartar, and roasted cobia, and features a seasonally rotated selection that delights discerning palates. It also provides beautifully crafted interpretations of classics like a dijon and rosemary-encrusted ribeye, and seared scallops. Watson lends the same creative approach to meatless dishes such as a gluten free, vegan zucchini roulade filled with brown rice, roasted root vegetables, ratatouille, butternut squash puree, and kale sprouts.

The wine program, run by Level One sommelier Matthew Hollander, hews to the modern blend of Old World and New that characterizes the food, Sadoff says, with amazing bottles from Italy, France, and California, among others.

What guests feel and see in the dining room and on their plate is only a part of what makes the Bistro 82 experience so excellent, Sadoff says. The operating team also invests in their associates, front of the house, and heart of the house, as much as they do the ambiance and the food.

Bistro 82 has developed a stellar reputation on metro Detroit’s dining scene in a relatively short time, and the dining cognoscenti anticipate great things to come.

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