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Gallery: Townhouse Detroit reopens with a new menu, design and pastry chef

September 01, 2021, 4:36 PM by  Alan Stamm

Morello cherry mouse and almond cake, shaped like cherries on steroids. Five more dishes are below. (Photo: Ally Sasson)

Townhouse Detroit, a six-year-old downtown restaurant, serves dinner Thursday for first time in 10 months. 

A soft opening after menu changes and a dramatic redesign, starts with seating in just part of its Ally Detroit Center space on lower Woodward. "There’s still a portion (atrium) of the space that remains under construction," a media advisory says Wednesday. "The full grand opening is expected to happen this fall (hoping for early October as of now, but could be a moving target.)"

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In addition to a sunnier decor, which we previewed early last month, changes include what's hyped as an "elevated dinner menu," a separate dessert and coffee bar and a revamped wine list with 21 by-the-glass selections ($14-$22) and dozens of bottles from $48 to $600 (Krug Brut champagne).

Rebecca Stanley, a Metro Detroit native, joins Townhouse's kitchen team as pastry sous chef after working at three restaurants elsewhere. Her five creations ($16-$21) include a Chocolate Whiskey Torte and the Instagram-tailored pair (above) that look like oversize Michigan cherries.

The 18-item dinner appetizer and entree menu has black bass, a dry-aged burger, A5 Japanese Wagyu beef, tuna conserva and king salmon tartare. (Some items are shown below.)

Townhouse Detroit describes its new look as "a brighter palette and airier layout."

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Food gallery by Catherine Schneider,
creative assistant at Heirloom Hospitality group

Dry-aged burger is accompanied by hand-cut fries ($28).
Cauliflower "pancake" is served with capers, white anchovy, chile and garlic ($22).

Caviar and hollandaise appetizer sits atop a potato crisp ($45).

Shaved Snow has berries, boba (tapioca balls) and lime on coconut sorbet ($16).

Stylish ice cream sandwiches from the new pastry chef ($17).


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