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Katoi Is 'a New Contender' in Corktown; The Block Finds Its Midtown Niche

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— Molly Abraham finds promise at Katoi, but seems turned off by the newcomer's cramped quarters: "At this point in its young existence, the restaurant Katoi —€” in but not of Corktown —€” is a victim of its own popularity," the critic remarks. "A standing room only mass of humanity packs the small place just about every night, and those who choose to sit at the bar just inside the entrance find themselves elbow-to-elbow with those waiting for tables in the dining room." Despite these somewhat harsh words, Abraham acknowledges that Katoi's food is "distinctive and anything but same-old, same-old." She notes that "the curries and noodle dishes are fragrant with fresh herbs, ginger and lime" and calls the eatery "a new contender" in Corktown. Two and a half stars. [Detroit News]

— Serena Maria Daniels pays a visit to The Block: Revamped last fall, the restaurant "seems to have become just the missing piece this block on Woodward ... needed." The casual eatery "abandons its previous aspirations at fine dining and instead focuses on deliciously crafted bar bites, juicy burgers, and entrees that are explosive in flavor, yet don't break the bank." The gourmet wings are "quite large, with a crispy skin and juicy inside." The burger is served with "peppercorn-encrusted prime beef, a saucy smothering of sautéed garlic mushrooms, and Swiss cheese," while the salmon BLT "came out as a towering stack with a thick and nicely pan-seared filet, lettuce, lemon aioli, and a delicious walnut bread to sub out the bun." [Metro Times]


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