after 5 detroit

Small Plates

Located on Broadway St, behind the Detroit Opera House sits Small Plates, an upscale, snazzy tapas restaurant. Small Plates offers a unique dining experience designed around sharing. With a menu consisting of everything from Chicken and Waffles to Fried Green Tomatoes, appetizer sized portions are served making it ideal to sample. See how they ranked.

dining room sp

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites (presentation and style)


Lotus Flower Tuna: Seared sesame crusted tuna over mango & jalapeño salsa, wasabi aioli, avocado, soy reduction in a fried wonton flower. Gorgeous presentation! Fresh, light with layers of texture. Creamy avocado, light and fresh mango, crunchy wonton, finished with sesame tuna. The only thing this dish was lacking was heat, as we didn’t get much from the jalapeno or wasabi aioli.

lotus flower tuna

Chicken Tostadas: Pulled chicken, pepper jack cheese, mango & jalapeño salsa, key-lime sour cream. Chicken was tender and moist, but could’ve used a little more seasoning. The toppings were fresh and my only complaint was that as I got to the bottom of the shell, it was soggy.

chicken tostadas

Signature Mac & Four Cheese Gratin: White cheddar, gouda, pepper jack, parmesan. Our favorite! Perfectly cooked pasta covered with cheesy goodness and topped with a crunch.

Mac and Cheese Small Plates

BBQ Chicken Pizza: Grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, BBQ sauce. I really liked that the BBQ sauce had a hint of heat to help balance the sweetness from the caramelized onions. Not overly done with cheese with a nice crispy browned edge. Pretty good for a deep dish, but ordering it well done would’ve put this pizza over the top.

bbq chicken pizza SP

Josh and I came here around 5 on a Friday and although it wasn’t busy yet, it was starting to fill up with reservations. The service was good, and the dim lighting was perfect for our dinner date. I have to say we were a little disappointed because the food was just OK, and not as good as we excepted for the price. We still had fun ordering different items and trying them all out.

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After 5 Detroit

Today on the Bite Tonight: Social Club @ Coach Insignia

After 5 Social Club hosts events that allow you to unwind after a long work day and enjoy a bite and a drink with friends and co-workers. It’s also great if you’re looking to network and meet new people.

Janet and I ventured to the top of the Ren Cen to Coach Insignia for Happy Hour from 5-7 pm. I will not rank this restaurant, because it was packed and mainly standing room. By the time we got there (about 35 minutes after the start of the event), we were welcomed with the picked through leftover appetizer bar which consisted of various fancy cheeses and sausages.

cheese and sausage

The cheeses were a mix of brie and what I call “colorful surprise” which were creamy and slightly aged. Wait! No crackers!? The sausages were mediocre and not too fancy. I was able to snag a shmear of a spicy mustard that was delicious! The restaurant did bring out a bowl full of strawberries and cantaloupe for all the late stragglers. All in all, I wasn’t too impressed with the appetizer bar and thought such an upscale establishment could’ve done better.

We didn’t get to try one of the unique drinks because the bar line was long and not moving which was disappointing.

The best part of the event was the view of the Detroit River from the towering 73rd floor where Coach Insignia was located. I did like all the natural light that poured through the windows.

detroit river

I would like to give Coach Insignia another chance when they are not hosting a social club After 5 event. With that said, I hope to go back.


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