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Berkley Bistro & Cafe - [Suburban Detroit]

rainsux | Jun 5, 2011 01:06 PM

I answered Sir Boagman's Friday call for a dining companion. We were

both a bit ambivalent regarding the venue. I mentioned BBC. He was

nearby. We met there.

We decided to dine outside, on their patio. Reasonable table & chairs. They

are located on Coolidge, north of 11 Mile. I never dreamed how much truck

traffic there would be on Coolidge. Yes, even the tandem gravel trains.

We managed reasonble conversation, with pauses for the odd semi


The shrimp tempura appetizer was four [4] shrimps. Nothing special

with respect to preparation, sauce or presentation.

I ordered their ribs. While I'm always scouting for an alternative to

Ginopolis and Beans & Cornbread, I am too frequently disappointed.

(i.e. I'm a slow learner; or, a glutton for disappointed. You decide.)

The waiter described their sauce as "tangy" and a bit hot. Um, not

so much. Not a lot of tang. Certainly not "hot" ... and I'm a guy that

orders medium (or a bit less) at most Thai establishments. Thank

gawd I was dining with Sir B and not JP. <g>

The ribs were served pre-sliced, in a decorative (?) pile on the platter.

The meat did not fall off the bone. The meat had to be gnawed off the

bone. More work for my meal than I expected. My advice; avoid their ribs.

They did allow me to substitute garlic mashed for the standard side

of fries, without complaint and without add'l charge. I love garlic .. and

this mash was light on garlic. It also had a patina/skin that made me

think "heat lamp." Dunno if the kitchen intends for that patina/skin, or

it is merely the result.

The 2nd side was cole slaw. Nothing special. Really, nothing special.

I asked for wet naps. The waiter's response was not encouraging.

Sir Boagman mentioned "or wet/warm towel." Neither arrived.

Based on their reviews elsewhere, and inspite of my experience, I'm

willing to return and try other dishes.

Sir Boagman seems so have made the better choice on Friday night.

I'll let him submit his report regarding his hot, dead beast.

Ginopolis Restaurant
27815 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Beans & Cornbread
29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

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