Ate at Roast last night and wanted to share the experience. I am thrilled to have another Chef of this caliber downtown and pray that He is successful. Here we go.
Started at the Motor Bar upstairs with a cocktail. Beautiful room that everyone needs to see. Moved down to the restaurant and were promptly seated at a very nice corner booth. As my date is a foodie like myself we decided to really eat and enjoy as much as possible.
Began with the Smoked Seafood platter for 2. Trout was very good-nice smoke flavor, Salmon was good with more of a Salmon flavor than smoke, Sturgeon was good, not close to the other two. The pickled onion was good in small amounts; too much took away from the fish.
Next had the Beef Cheek Pierogie and the Charcutterie platter for two. Pierogie was absolutly outstanding. Incredible tenderness and flavor. Charcutterie platter was quite good. Loved the Salami and the "Speck"; I thought the Rabbit Terrine was wonderful, she didn't care for it as much. The whole grain mustard was a nice touch and again served with pickled onion, this time mixed with peppers.
We then split the Spinach Salad with Fried Pigs Ear. Served with a soft-fried egg that mixed wonderfully with what I believe to be a balsamic dressing. Very good salad with the pigs ear adding great flavor and texture to the Spinach.
Both had the Strip Steak, which were cooked to a perfect Medium Rare and presented nicely sliced on the plate. The steaks had great beef flavor with a bit of a chew to it. As the prices are very, very affordable, leads me to believe they are not using Prime nor Angus beef. And yes, chew is expected with a strip steak and we both expected it. Had the Blue Cheese Onion (very good) and Roasted Mushrooms (Wow!) as toppers.
Sides included Spinach and Feta AuGratin (good) Creamed Corn with Bacon (Very good) Soft Polenta (alright) and Whipped Potatoes (good texture but plain).
The room is incredible with a very "Earthy" feel to it. Dark woods, soft booths, wonderful windows out onto Washington Blvd. As it was a Monday night they had the room closed off with dividers behind our booth that at first I didn't even notice as dividers. Fit the room perfectly and gave it a very cozy feel. Our server was neither over bearing nor absent. Appeared when she should and gave us plenty of time to enjoy ourselves and the meal.
Wine list, though only briefly looked through, looked affordable and interesting. Noticably abscent were half-bottles, which we would have ordered. Instead went with two glasses with dinner. Server picked a nice cab for me and my friend had the only Pinot offered by the glass. Both were very good, affordable and lent themselves nicely to the meal.
Roast is a great addition to our Downtown Detroit dining scene. The menu is quite affordable to what I would consider the "average" dinner; with the choices we went through plus cocktails and wine still came out below $250 before gratuity. I would recommend it to anyone and will get myself back down there soon. Hope you all enjoy.