Wednesday, June 6, 2018

THE APPARATUS ROOM: VEGAN TASTING MENU EXPERIENCE

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The unbelievable risotto at The Apparatus Room.

What Detroiter wasn't excited when they heard about the opening of the Detroit Foundation Hotel? When I worked at the RenCen I used to drive past the old fire station every day and pray to the historical restoration gods that someone would save that beauty of a building. When DFH was announced I couldn't have been more excited that not only would the building be salvaged, but something COOL was going in!

Since the launch, I've had the opportunity to stay at the hotel and it was an all around fabulous experience. Gorgeous design, great service, and hello, Le Labo bath products! With their restaurant The Apparatus Room however, I didn't have such luck. Unfortunately their menu is extremely meat forward, and as with many other local vegans I've heard from, I never had a great experience trying to eat plant based there. Such a bummer because it's such an amazing space, with a fun vibe, but alas I had kind of given up.

Luckily I had the fortune of meeting Detroit Foundation Hotel GM, Bob Lambert, through a friend/happenstance. Being that I am a local Detroiter that had been to the hotel a fair amount of times, Bob was interested to hear about my personal experience with the hotel. I explained to him (nearly verbatim) what I wrote above about previous visits - hotel is fab, but I always leave hungry. Bob generously offered his contact info and extended the invite to return for a visit, this time with a little heads up to the kitchen.


I was certainly eager to take Bob up on his offer, and with a close girlfriend's 30th birthday coming up, I thought that would be the perfect occasion. I made a reservation through Opentable (SO convenient!), and then shot Bob an email to let him know that would be there for dinner, and simply wanted to give some advance notice about my dietary needs. When I heard back, I was a little shocked to hear that Chef wanted to prepare a vegan tasting for myself and my two dining companions. Score!

Well, I cannot say enough great things about our meal. We nearly had to be rolled out of the restaurant, as we were stuffed to the brim with 11 courses of amazing, plant based food. I swear, I thought new dishes would never stop appearing! Heavenly.

A huge thank you to Bob, Chef Thomas Lents, and the whole team at the Apparatus Room for making our dinner such a memorable experience. I certainly hope this review encourages them to include more plant based items on the menu permanently, as they certainly have no problem mastering them! Keep scrolling for a highlight of all the dishes we were #blessed to try!

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Hummus Toast.

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Beet and Fennel Salad.

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Roasted Carrot Salad.

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Vegan Kale Caesar Salad.

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The World's Best Lentil Soup.

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Life Affirming Risotto.

Tempura Cauliflower.
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Charred Broccolini. 

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Roasted Fennel, and Broccoli in a Red Pepper Sauce. 

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Roasted Potatoes.

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Blood Orange Sorbet

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The birthday girl and me!

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