7 Restaurants That Offer Tasting Menus in Metro Detroit

Visit Pernoi, Marrow, and The Apparatus Room
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Pernoi’s Morroccan Glazed Squab features golden chantrelle, cherry gastrique, and pistachio. // Photograph courtesy of Pernoi/Pulp Media

Also known as a table d’hôte (French for “table of the host”) and prix fixe (fixed price), a restaurant’s tasting menu is a set selection of what are typically the chef’s signature dishes, served in small portions. Its history goes back centuries, but the modern trend caught on nationally in the ’90s, popularized by highbrow eateries like the former three-Michelin-starred Catalonia restaurant El Bulli and Napa Valley’s French Laundry. The metro Detroit culinary scene was a little behind on the trend, with tasting menus for years relegated to white-tablecloth establishments often heavy on steak and light on personality. In the past few years, however, local restaurants have caught up, making tasting menus available at all manner of new eateries.

Tasting Menus in Metro Detroit

Mabel Gray

With a menu so capricious it’s handwritten daily, Mabel Gray is known for its globally inspired and artfully prepared New American dishes. The eight-course tasting menu comprises a selection of whichever dishes are on the menu that day, served over a leisurely 90 minutes. $65. Mabel Gray, 23825 John R. Road, Hazel Park; 248-398-4300; mabelgraykitchen.com

Pernoi

The highly anticipated restaurant opened this past September with a jackets-required dining room reserved for the tasting menu experience. With items such as Rabbit Agnolotti and Moroccan Glazed Squab, Pernoi’s a la carte menu places a heavy emphasis on meat, but the tasting menu, which rotates weekly, will be available in both vegan and vegetarian adaptations. $140. Pernoi, 310 E. Maple Road, Birmingham; 248-940-0000; pernoibirmingham.com

Magnet

The Core City eatery also opened last September, serving wood-fired Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. The menu has a vegetarian and vegan focus, offering dishes such as Brick Cheese Flatbread and Ash-Roasted Fennel. Still, it isn’t devoid of meat and fish options, including branzino, prime rib, and lamb. $65. Magnet, 4842 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-656-2640; magnetdetroit.com

Marrow

The Family Style Chef’s Selection at Marrow rotates regularly and all dishes are intended to be shared. Opened in 2018, this restaurant-butcher shop hybrid focuses on whole-animal butchery and offers dishes created from ingredients available locally. This often results in plates, expertly prepared by executive chef Sarah Welch, that make uncommon cuts of meat (like beef tongue) suitable for even the most discerning eaters. $55. Marrow, 8044 Kercheval Ave., Detroit; 313-652-0200; marrowdetroit.com

Republic

The Chef’s Tasting option provides your table with a curated selection of meals from the day’s menu. The dining experience at this downtown spot also offers a formidable drink menu. Try creative craft cocktails like the Princess Booblegum, a concoction of bubblegum-infused vodka, hibiscus syrup, amaretto, and lemon juice. $60. Republic, 1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-446-8360; republictaverndetroit.com

The Apparatus Room

Curated daily, the Chef’s Choice Menu at the Foundation Hotel’s Apparatus Room is intended to serve the entire table family style and is available at market price. Dishes known to make an appearance include the Pici, a thick pasta noodle served with beef heart and horseradish, and the Harissa-Spiced Carrot Salad. Market Price. The Apparatus Room, 250 W. Larned St., Detroit Foundation Hotel, Detroit; 313-915-4422; detroitfoundationhotel.com

Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails

With even its name nodding to the green philosophy by which it operates, this veggie-centric spot offers seasonal New American dishes and a bright, airy interior. Vegetarians and celiac-sufferers, take note: The chef is unable to accommodate allergies or dietary restrictions for the family-style Progressive Tasting Experience. Substitutions are, however, available on the main menu. $55. Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails, 15 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-818-3915; chartreusekc.com

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