Pernoi, a highly anticipated restaurant collaboration between two of metro Detroit’s most renowned chefs, opened its doors in early September bringing a new white tablecloth establishment to Birmingham.
Partners Luciano DelSignore and Takashi Yagihashi each have individually earned acclaim for their work in the metro area. As the owner of Bacco Ristorante and Bigalora Wood-Fired Cucina, DelSignore has had a hand in training many of the best-known chefs in the Detroit restaurant industry. Meanwhile, Yagihashi earned acclaim during his time at Tribute before going on to found Slurping Turtle and Michelin-starred restaurant Takashi in Chicago. Together they make a formidable power couple.
Even so, the pair set expectations extremely high for a fine-dining restaurant in one of the area’s toniest cities with a large dining room sectioned off for a prix fixe menu service. Taking over the Cafe Via space, Del Signore and Yagihashi hired Kyle Evans Design to give the restaurant a “luxury yacht” aesthetic that fit its ambitions.
Now, a little more than two weeks into service Yagihashi and DelSignore’s team is still settling in. The restaurant is still focused on serving an a la carte menu and Pernoi is expected to begin serving its tasting menu in the next few weeks.
As for the interior, it’s received the final touches. Art was added to the walls following the opening, including some pieces by local Korean American painter Dominic Pangborn. Pernoi is divided into several different spaces ranging from more casual to high-end. Customers who abide by the jackets-only dress code can sit in the Maple Room, located in a dining room with white tablecloths and sheer white curtained windows overlooking Maple Road. Patrons that want to order a la carte in a more relaxed, jackets-not-required setting can take a seat in the bar area known as the Port Room or in the open-air courtyard known as the Terrace.
On the menu, find a selection of dishes ranging from heirloom tomatoes with radicchio, feta, and bread crumbs to foam-topped rabbit agnolotti. Prices start around $16 up to $75 with many of the meatier mains in the $30 range. Customers can also sip cocktails or choose from a selection of 400 wines.
Eater’s photographer Michelle Gerard visited the finished Pernoi restaurant space to scope out the interior and some of the dishes. Take a peek around the restaurant below.
Pernoi is located at 10 E. Maple Rd.; opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for dinner service only; website.
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