December 10, 2013
While some firms claim to be “full service,” only Ellias & Elias, P.C. provides its clients with restaurant reviews. The rating system is as follows:
JNOV - I don't care what the jury says this place is excellent!
Unanimous Verdict – generally great food
Hung Jury – sometimes good, sometimes not so much
Guilty – no parole, no appeal
Death Penalty – avoid at all costs!
The opinions expressed herein are those of Frederick D. Elias, Esq. only and not the opinions of Ellias & Elias, P.C. or its other owners, employees or agents. Unless otherwise indicated, none of the restaurants reviewed herein are clients of Ellias & Elias, P.C.
201 E 9 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Charge: Modern American/European Cuisine
Venue: Tastefully understated, modern décor and lovely bar. Perhaps the most chic venue in Metro Detroit.
Fees: Punitively expensive. Madison Avenue prices for 9 Mile view.
Bailiffs: The staff is extremely attentive and professional, although for the price, should be much more knowledgeable about the food and drink.
Corpus Delicti: If only the food matched the setting. The prix fixe menu is overly ambitious and unforgiving of patron idiosyncrasies. The presentation of the dishes was flawless, but the taste failed to meet expectations. Some of the appetizers were delicious (foie gras and matsutake), some average (Brussels sprouts) . Same with the main course of duck, which had a delicious sauce, but was tough and inedible (although the monkfish was excellent). Dessert was also disappointing (an odd butternut squash-blackberry mash-up). To make matters worse, the portions were so ridiculously small that even my 105 lbs. wife asked to get pizza after dinner. The wine pairing option was very uneven as to quality.
Opinion: A restaurant cannot survive on ambience alone.
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