Sunday, March 16, 2014

SANTORINI Has TOP CHEF finally arrived in Detroit?

Submitted to OPEN TABLE REVIEW                                 Sunday, March 16, 2014  

Santorini, has a TOP CHEF finally arrived 

in Detroit?

501 MONROE (corner of Beaubien)
DETROIT, MI 48226                                       

Telephone: 313.962.9366

( #Detroit 3/15/2014)  

SANTORINI brings a renewed renaissance in fine dining to Detroit! The location in Greektown suggests typical fare as most restaurants on Monroe. To my surprise, the ambitious menu offered usual Greek fare but a host of creative and imaginative appetizers, salads, chicken, seafood and steaks. Santorini offers an impressive Wine list. The total dining experience will satisfy the most discerning critics.

You may place a (recommended) reservation online, simple as a Tweet with a Confirm E-mail to follow. The ambience, the décor and layout is superior, but dress is casual.

Upon arrival, we enjoyed our choice of seating in a plush booth. Table service is excellent and attentive without being overbearing. How did the server anticipate my thirst? Almost magically, he appears filling our water glasses and leaving the carafe on the table. Details and conspicuous service never wanes. Top-notch service is without doubt a priority, but outshined by the Food! 

However, the entrees not only feature the best of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine inherent to the locale. What separates Santorini from all the others is the ambitious list of both hot and cold appetizers, a selective choice of salads. All are creative, well thought and executed. Wavering, our final choice was Shrimp Santorini and Solomos Salmon. The choices are exquisite in presentation, execution and an innovation in great taste.

My overall rating is spot on! If Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio made way to the table, I would not be surprised. Has #TOPCHEF finally arrived in Detroit? #BRAVO!


Photograph by CT Feng, My Shot
The Greek island of Santorini, also called Thira, is known for the whitewashed houses and churches perched along its volcanic cliffs. The picturesque village of Oia in the north is the island's most outstanding example of this architectural style. Here, a twilight image shows another of the town's claims to fame: its sunset views.