After reading an article that mentioned Vellum on detroit.eater.com, we decided to give it a try. We're a group that dines out frequently, loves a creative menu, and likes to try new places. When we arrived, Vellum was modestly busy, and as we had made a reservation, we were surprised when we were offered a table next to the kitchen. However, when we spoke up, our hostess graciously offered us several other options. We chose to sit upstairs at a table overlooking Main Street which was both relatively quiet and private. With only one waiter for the upstairs area, our service was initially a bit spotty, but improved immensely as the meal progressed.
Vellum was recently awarded "best of award of excellence" by Wine Spectator and their wine list is chock full of wines to chose from. The French white wine we chose to start with was perfect. We ordered the mushroom tart and the shrimp and grits appetizers to share - delicious! Our entrees included the black sea bass, lamb, ribeye, and salmon. Everything was plated beautifully and was very, very good. (My only disappointment was that my sea bass wasn't as hot as it should have been. But after taking that first bite, I just kept eating and eating, and never did send it back!)
We shared dessert; in fact I think we ordered one of everything. The frozen macarons were my favorite, but I don't even think I got a chance to taste the chocolate and caramel concoction, it was gone that fast! The madeline and tea was only fair.
Chef/owner Peter came by our table just after dinner which was a nice touch, and took us down to the kitchen for a quick peek as well. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Vellum. Not only would we recommend it to friends and fellow foodies, but we will be back as well.
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