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“Great dining experience!” 5 of 5 stars
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Gastronomy
1 Towne Square, Southfield, MI 48076
+1 248-864-4410
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Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lahser and Northwestern Highway
Description: Gastronomy - A Modern American Bistro is modern in every sense of the word, from cuisine and culinary technique to ambiance and service. The principal foundation of the restaurant is that it embodies the definition of Gastronomy, meaning the art or science of good eating. The culinary philosophy is that of a true scratch kitchen, meaning everything is produced in house. Using the term "American" not only signifies the multicultural influences over the menu but the caveat that nearly every item in the kitchen, and wines on the list, will come from American soil. The focus in the bar is equally committed to scratch production, and our mixologist team is dedicated to the art of hand made craft cocktails. Our culinary brigade embraces the art of food with the goal of transforming the culinary scene of Detroit as we know it.
Imlay City, Michigan
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great dining experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

My experience at gastronomy was a great one. The menu is very unique, the food is delicious, the service was nice, and overall it was great! My only complaint would be the food tends to be just slightly under seasoned. I know that this chef is extremely talented, he just needs to keep an eye on the cooks. Temperatures were perfect, staff was knowledgeable, beers were nice, and presentations were beautiful! Great job Matt!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Birmingham, MI
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11 restaurant reviews
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“Easily one of Metro Detroit's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

We tried Gastronomy last night and, in summary, we were blown away by the food. Everything was incredibly fresh, the herbs, spices, ingredients all tasted like it was just picked from a garden as we ordered, which is actually true! They have a garden out back. The wine list is all American, from Michigan, Cali, Washington and Oregon. The naam bread was delicious, the bacon and egg salad phoenominal. we started with an app called "don't call me ravioli" which had corn agnolotti, and a warm pancetta vinaigrette, yum! The entree menu was divided into standard fare and rotating world menu items. He tried the pho, which was chicken consomme with noodles and the freshest mint we've ever had. I had the tenderloin, which was served with amazingly fresh and sauced vegetables and what they called a contemporary baked potatoe, which was almost a twiced baked and was absolutely fantastic. They offered black water, which is unique and infused with minerals. tasted like water, but looked like cola. The peanut butter mousse and flourless chocolate cake were both elegant and heavenly. Coffee was french pressed. Service was prompt, friendly and professional. My only criticisms were the location (tucked into Southfield's Town Center, not easy to find if you aren't familiar with the area) and poor exterior lighting made it a bit hard to find. But they said they were working on improving that. We can't wait to go back and try some of the other offerings. Last thing, the prices were very reasonable, that quality of food would usually be higher priced in Birmingham or Royal Oak. Try it, you will be impressed.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Walled Lake, Michigan
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“Gastronomy is Top Notch Experience !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Gastronomy is a terrific restuarant. Everything is prepared from scratch and is very original.
From the black mineral water to the lunch box (has a sample of soup, sandwich, salad and appetizer & dessert all in one ! The presentation is wonderful and the taste is amazing. Very well priced for the atomsphere and presentation. Staff is very courteous and well trained. This is a must for anyone is the Detroit metro area !

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Find, Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

Gastronomy opened in what used to be a Morton's Steakhouse. It was recommended by a friend. The menu is a fusion style restaurant which included asian fare (think Thai), typical american and seafood. They start you out with Black Water which looks like a cola but is non-carbonated and tastes like water (it has 28 minerals in it, which gives it it's color but didn't add any bad flavors). They did offer regular water if you just couldn't drink the Black Water. Our group had a thai noodle dish with seafood, a house luncheon salad, a turkey sandwich and a crab Po Boy sandwich. The food was very good and the Po Boy sandwich was served on a homemade roll (a sweet bread) and homemade crab cakes. All sandwiches were served with sweet potato chips (which were very good although a little greasy) and a pickle. The food was excellent and service was very, very good. The food was delivered by the chef as well as the waitstaff. The manager checked on us as well as our waiter (on several occasions). This is a high end restaurant so expect an above average lunch bill (ours was $75.00 without tip and we did not have drinks), however the food is definitely worth it. I will definitely go back but more for a special occasion rather than just for lunch. This place is definitely worth a try and I will go back to try their dinner menu.

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Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
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“Creative and sophisticated.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Our first visit to Gastronomy was at the suggestion of one of the couples in our food and wine club themselves in the restaurant business. They told us of the interesting background of the chef and that he had returned from working two years in Hong Kong.
Somewhat surprised by the lack of valet parking we were assured that valet service would soon be available at this very new restaurant.
We were greeted promptly and quickly seated in the elegant dining room of what was once a
very upscale steakhouse.
Be prepared for the "black" water served -- it truly as we were told had no unusual taste.
Service was excellent and there were visits from the manager, sommelier, and chef.
We began with a variety of appetizers that's set the tone of the meal: the agnolotti were outstanding and could have easily been my entree in terms of quality.
The foie gras brûlée, steak and eggs, and air bread pizza were all fantastic.
I would expect food of this quality at a"one star" in Europe.
Salads were excellent and I epecially enjoyed the spinach salad.
Our entrees arrived perfectly timed and served to us as a group. My fettuccine
Were unique and other entrees: salmon, Nasi goreng, and 48 hour chicken all very good.
The ever changing Asian menu will be fun to try. Desserts were also on par with the rest of the meal.
Our obvious enthusiasm prompted several other "tastes" from the kitchen.
The wine list is very interesting and suited to the cuisine. Prices are reasonable and there is a large selection.
Overall we enjoyed the evening and will return.







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  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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