Detroit fine dining with a view
Situated on the 16th floor of MotorCity Casino Hotel, Iridescence is on any self-respecting foodie’s Detroit bucket list. As soon as you step into the dining room, your attention will be pulled in competing directions by the panoramic view of the Detroit skyline making up the restaurant’s south wall; by the 150 floating light spheres of varying sizes suspended from the 30-foot-high ceiling; and by the floor-to-ceiling automated wine rack featuring a selection that has earned the modern-American restaurant a reputation as a place to go for serious vino.
High-top tables line the wall of glass offering primo views of downtown Detroit and the Windsor, Canada, skylines, as well as Ford Field and Comerica Park. Cozy booths facing the same skyline views offer an intimate seating alternative. Live piano music is a fixture on Friday and Saturday nights, and the aromas of chef de cuisine Andrew Alcid’s culinary concoctions will have you grabbing for the restaurant’s iPad menu.
Iridescence is known for its Himalayan rock salt dry-aged beef and its cioppino seafood dish featuring scallops, nishiki risotto, shrimp, watercress, Prince Edward Island mussels and Treviso.
But first, whet your appetite on the daily amuse-bouche, which provides a glimpse of what the dining experience will hold. (Another pleasant surprise is a serving of fresh sorbet to cleanse the palate before the entrée of choice.) Get things started with appetizer favorites like the hoisin and cab-braised beef short rib garnished with vanilla-ginger sweet potatoes, walnuts, edamame, brûléed bay scallops and amaranth. An equally popular starter is the sautéed jumbo lump crab cake surrounded by corn, leek, asparagus, ragout, arugula-herb salad, lemon vinaigrette and beet syrup.
A unique experience can be had with the restaurant’s American kaiseki menu, a seven-course tasting experience. You won’t be privy to any of the courses coming your way — it’s all purely chef’s choice. The kaiseki menu is never the same, evolving regularly (even daily) based on Alcid’s inspiration.
Cap a meal with a sweet — options include a strawberry mousse with angel food cake and strawberry cheesecake ice cream, and the peanut butter mousse and milk chocolate ganache bar served with roasted peanuts and caramel.
Iridescence is known as much for its intelligent wine collection as its haute fare. More than 7,000 bottles are stored onsite and make their way into the automated wine rack rotation. Via computer, servers can call up a bottle by year, region or varietal where it will have been rotating in a temperature-controlled room kept at an ideal 54 degrees.
Alternatively, opt for a signature cocktail like the Passionfruit, served spicy or sweet depending on your palate — it features a blend of habanero-infused rum, Merlet Trois Citrus Triple Sec and passion fruit purée. Or try the Purple Rain Drop, with blueberry vodka, Amalfi Coast limoncello, lemon juice, lemonade and blueberries.
The elegance of the Detroit restaurant is matched by its service. You likely won’t wait for refills on the water, which is replenished regularly with Fiji bottled water. Knowledgeable servers will offer wine pairing recommendations and share their own personal favorites. Adventurous guests who enjoyed the American kaiseki will have a chance to meet with the chef himself — Alcid will visit with diners tableside to share his inspiration for their meal.