Tigerlily to Open in Former Antihero Space in Ferndale

Executive Chef Chris Vasquez says the restaurant will serve sushi with ”different contemporary flavors and techniques”
Pictured above is the Tigerlily roll with Faroe Island salmon. // Photograph courtesy of Tigerlily

Tigerlily opens on Aug. 10 in the space formerly occupied by Antihero in Ferndale. Operated by Hometown Restaurant Group — the business that owns Public House, One-Eyed Betty’s, and Pop’s for Italian — the eatery will start by offering a special limited menu of sushi, small-plate shareables, and items from its robata grill, a Japanese cooking style similar to barbecue.

Guests can order a variety of sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Among the menu items are the Karai Tuna, a roll with bigeye tuna, gochujang, fried sweet potato, cucumber, and avocado; the Shikotsu roll, made with A5 Wagyu, scallion, cucumber, marrow butter, spicy garlic sauce, and egg yolk; and the Tigerlily, a torched roll comprised of Faroe Island salmon, cucumber negi, ikura (red caviar), and tempura shrimp.

“This is a new kind of sushi that Detroit hasn’t seen,” says Tigerlily Executive Chef Chris Vasquez, an alumnus of Momotaro in Chicago and Maru in Detroit, in a press release. “We are taking an Edomae style of sushi and bringing in different contemporary flavors and techniques. We are creating a new style — not like New York sushi, but fusing it with different cultures while still being authentic to what sushi is. It’s really an expression of a fun new concept that’s a bit more sophisticated and unique.”

The Shikotsu roll with A5 Wagyu. // Photograph courtesy of Tigerlily

There will also be “samui” cold dishes like asparagus – goma and tomato salad, “atsu” hot dishes like miso soup and pork gyoza, and the grilled items, which include shishito peppers, okra, chicken thigh, pork belly, and more. In addition, Tigerlily will run a private “omakase” room where guests can enjoy an eight-course, chef-curated dining experience with optional sake pairings. The phrase “omakase” means “I leave it up to you” in Japanese.

Located at 231 W. Nine Mile Road, the restaurant features a 4,000-square-foot dining room designed by Birmingham architecture firm Ron & Roman. It includes an open, marble-topped sushi bar and an extensive bamboo countertop on the east side of the space as well a six-panel mural saved from the Antihero design.

Tigerlily will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations can be made online.

For more information, visit tigerlilyferndale.com.