The Detroit sequel to Birmingham's popular, patio-focused eatery, Townhouse made its soft debut Wednesday. Eater had a first look at the new downtown restaurant and menus on its first night. Townhouse is decked out in a mixture of wood tables and chairs and well as comfy looking upholstered couches and barstools. The U-shaped bar area looks directly into an open kitchen setup, which bustles with staff dressed up in the restaurant's signature red, white, and black. A mural declaring "This town ain't for weenies!" acts as a backdrop to the sushi station. Overall, it was a sharp reveal.
Diners may initially find the menus a little daunting. There are several including the thick, red leather beverage binder, the dinner menu, sushi menu, and nightly dim sum list. Dinner service offered a good mix of flavors and options and the slightly spicy chorizo shrimp shumai off the dim sum cart hit the spot.
Dinner preview tonight at Townhouse Detroit. Tried about 70% of the menu. Lots of potential. Gorgeous space. Will be interesting to see where they are in 6 months. This dish was one of my favorites: lamb gravy, bucatini, parmigiano. Salty, spicy, savory - well done. #detroit #pasta #sushi #eater #eeeeeats
Townhouse is still getting its sea legs this week with a few more reservation-only soft openings. The full public debut will probably arrive this weekend. The restaurant is jumping in with lunch, which seems smart given the weekday office crowd in the area and will eventually launch brunch.