Monday, April 6, 2009

Michael Symon's Roast, Detroit Michigan

Chef Michael Symon opened his first Michigan restaurant, Roast in the newly renovated Book Cadillac building in Detroit.

Newly opened but already famous for Executive Chef Jeff Rose's 'Beast of the Day' and in-house cured charcuterie. Roast was already awarded 2009 Restaurant of the year by the Detroit Free Press.
The carnivorous cuisine is perfectly suited for this native Detroiter.

While the Food Network Iron Chef has long been known for magnificent food, I was equally impressed with the beverage selection at Roast.

Roast's beverage book is easily among the best in the State. Covering all the venerable old wine bases but also offering a courageous eclectic selection of phenomenal obscurities you won't find elsewhere like Psenkova Cherry Mead by the glass.

"The slight chill brings out the acidity of the cherries. The subtle sweetness of the Psenkova Cherry Mead is a natural fit for lighter proteins like our roasted suckled pig, roasted goat or duck cassoulet." says the man behind the list, Joseph Allerton, Wine Director at Roast. Joseph is well on his way to becoming a Master Sommelier and has already turned Roast into another Detroit destination for gourmand imbibers.

I was drawn to the 'Death in the Afternoon' cocktail consisting of Henriot champagne with a splash of absinthe. Something I can easily imagine Papa drinking. Being that it was indeed the early afternoon, I opted for beer. Roasts beer list is formidable by any standard in the world, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales on tap, vintage lambics and other rare beer gems can be found. The locally featured brews are among the highest rated in the world in their respective classes like Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and Leelanau Brewing Company offering open-fermented, oak aged and bottle conditioned ales of character and distinction.

Being a connoisseur of burgers I was obligated to try the newly fabled Roast Burger. Cooked to temperature and served on an English muffin with thick bacon and an egg.

I suddenly found myself in love with the world as I sipped Leelanau Brewing Company's Petoskey Pale Ale and decided the Roast Burger is the Best Burger in Detroit.

Save room for Guinness Ice Cream.

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