Once upon a time, around the 1970’s, Detroit’s Chinatown (Midtown, Cass Ave and Peterboro area) existed and flourished. Years later, businesses closed and people moved out as a result of crime and the neighborhood slowly died. Fast forward to March 2016, the Peterboro is at the forefront of Detroit’s Chinatown revival in the Cass Corridor and they are reminding us why the community was once so successful.
Chef de Cusine, Brion Wong creates contemporary American Chinese recipes incorporating childhood memories, ten years of experience and inspiration from some top talents including Alex Guarnaschelli and Susar Lee. He and his crew is serving up some delicious dishes like the rich and hearty Hot & Sour soup (and I don’t even like Hot & Sour soup). With a menu including the classics with it’s own style like Almond Boneless Chicken (with Griffin Claw IPA batter) and some newbies with a spicy spin such as Cumin Lamb Ribs, the Peterboro is taking your neighborhood Chinese joint to the next level. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites
Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites
Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites (menu)
Thai Old Fashioned: Milk washed tea rum, demerara (large-grained raw sugar), angostura (bitters). Interesting layers of flavors with a subtle spice and sweetness. Refreshing!
Cheeseburger Spring Rolls: Tangy sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles. Think deconstructed cheeseburger wrapped in a crispy, crunchy, shell. Very different take on an American classic. Kudos for creativity and thinking outside the box. When I bit into the spring roll, molten hot cheesy beef poured out. I like the idea of the toppings on the outside, but I think I would rather like the onion, tomato, and pickle diced up inside the spring roll. The tangy sauce was spot on to your typical burger condiment, but some heat would really take this over the top. Still tasty!
Mongolian Hanger Steak: Hoisin & chili glazed with charred scallions, onion, and red peppers. The steak was tender and melted in my mouth. Flavors of sweet, salty, and spicy awakened my taste buds. The crunchy noodles and charred veggies added a nice texture. I recommend this dish!
Chocolate Sugar Egg Puff: Osmanthus sugar, creme anglaise. I’ll be honest, its not often that I save room for dessert, but I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this. A crispy, fried outer pastry (think a light, airy donut) filled with a delicious rich cream reminded me why dessert should be ordered first. Sweet, but not over the top sugary. Such a steal for only under $6.
The Peterboro uses quality, upscale, ingredients and transforms them into modern classics at an affordable price. I really liked the laidback vibe. The dining room was a nice balance of casual and elegant with industrial high ceilings and exposed bricks and pops of red with mood lighting. The food was delicious and I can’t wait to eat my way through the rest of the menu. Now, when I’m craving Chinese, I’m heading to the Peterboro.