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Twingo's Euro Cafe - Report

RitaS | Jan 22, 200604:50 PM

There seems to be interest from some Detroit-area chowhounds about Twingo's Euro Cafe, so here's a report. My husband and I had two dinners there in the last 10 days and both were excellent. On the first trip my husband had the beef loin, which the server described as being somewhat less tender than a tenderloin, but with much more flavor. He described the meat perfectly - it was delicious and served with excellent garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. I had the Short Rib Golomki - meat from short ribs mixed with a nutty rice and rolled in chard (although the menu said cabbage) and baked. It, too, was delicious. I started with the arugula salad - garnished with fried prosciutto, Granny Smith apple slices and shaved Manchego. The mixed green salad was several levels above the usual "house" salad, and both salads were dressed perfectly - not a drop of dressing left on the plate. For the second dinner, we started with the beef and veal "Bacis" as an appetizer - tender little meatballs wrapped in thinly rolled pasta, served with a gorgonzola cream sauce and garnished with spinach and roasted red pepper - amazing! My husband had the arugula salad this time, and I had the Bibb salad - a whole head of Bibb with pear slices and candied nuts, topped with a cheddar "crisp" and dressed with a creamy celery seed dressing. Both salads were again excellent. I had the pork, a nice cut of meat served on the bone, with a grainy mustard sauce. It was served with bacon and chive mashed potatoes and braised red cabbage - a perfect winter meal. My husband had the Bucatini Bolognese - a delicious Bolognese sauce mixed with very good pasta in perfect porportions. The dessert list was fairly short but much more interesing than on our first visit (when only two choices were offered). We shared a key lime creme brulee topped with chantilly cream and fresh berries - an amazing end to our second great meal. As of our last visit on Saturday 1/21, they still hadn't received their liquor license, although they were expecting it any day. It would be worth a call to see if it's arrived before you visit - they're currently allowing you to bring in your own wine and charging a $7.00 corkage fee to serve you. Servers are well-informed, professional, and friendly (but not too friendly - the perfect mix, IMO). For those who are familiar with the old Twingo's, the layout is similar, although they've moved and removed some things (like the "roof" over the bar) and the space is more open. The balcony has been totally renovated and is very pretty - the whole place is very pretty, really. The light level was perfect and the music was interesting - obviously a lot of thought went into the re-do . Based on two fantastic dinners in a restaurant that hasn't been open a full month, I'll say this is a great addition to the Detroit dining scene!

P.S. - They open at 7:00 a.m. and serve breakfast and lunch, too, although I didn't see the breakfast and lunch menus. And they're open seven days a week!

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