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Detroit Eats: Wright and Company

I’ve been dying to check out this restaurant since it opened last fall.   Back then, Boom Boom and I were out for a night in the city to celebrate my birthday and it was a choice between Wright & Company and Selden Standard.   We ended up at Selden, but had heard from many sources that Wright was a can’t miss.

The dinner almost ended in utter disaster before we even got seated.   We’re talking down in flames, nukular napalm-level disaster.   More on that tomorrow.

 

The Space

Wright & Company is on the second floor of the Wright-Kay Building, one of the oldest buildings in downtown Detroit.   The building was originally the Schwankovsky Temple of Music and was the first in the city with an electric elevator.   Then it was home to Wright-Kay Jewelers for 60 years, hence the restaurant name.   The space that it occupies used to be a concert ballroom for the original owners.

 

Wright room

 

A few short years ago, every building on the block was abandoned and in disrepair. They did an amazing job with the restoration. It was stunning.

 

What We Had

They serve seasonal small plates, so we ordered a bunch to share.  But first a glass of Ameztoi “Rubentis” Rose, a Txakolina from the Basque region of Spain.

Lots of fruit and floral notes. Perfect summer quencher

Lots of fruit and floral notes. Perfect summer quencher

 

Roasted cashews with Moroccan spiced dust

Roasted cashews with Moroccan spiced dust

Brussels sprout salad with raisings, walnuts, shaved parmesan

Brussels sprout salad with raisings, walnuts, shaved parmesan

Roasted beets with pistachios, goat cheese, aged balsamic, mint

Roasted beets with pistachios, goat cheese, aged balsamic, mint

Chicken liver mousse with Cipollini onions, cherries, sourdough bread

Chicken liver mousse with Cipollini onions, cherries, sourdough bread

Burrata cheese with stone fruit, maple, arugula, sesame brittle

Burrata cheese with stone fruit, maple, arugula, sesame brittle

Tuna tartare with spicy mayo, crisp wontons, sweet soy

Tuna tartare with spicy mayo, crisp wontons, sweet soy

Sriracha chicken skewers with marinated cucumbers, cashews, Chinese mustard

Sriracha chicken skewers with marinated cucumbers, cashews, Chinese mustard

Skate wing schnitzel with baby potatoes, preserved lemon, crisp capers

Skate wing schnitzel with baby potatoes, preserved lemon, crisp capers

Seared Teres major with truffled cauliflower puree, salsa verde

Seared Teres major with truffled cauliflower puree, salsa verde

Crisp gulf shrimp with sweet Thai chili sauce, micro cilantro

Crisp gulf shrimp with sweet Thai chili sauce, micro cilantro

Pork belly sliders with tomato jam, arugula, on brioche

Pork belly sliders with tomato jam, arugula, on brioche

 

All of them were better than excellent, whatever that is.  There wasn’t one complaint amongst any of us about any single bit of the meal.  Everything was fresh, gorgeous, full of flavors, and well-executed. I could’ve eaten three or four orders of the beets and chicken liver mousse alone.   And the burrata.   But the big surprise was the Brussels sprout salad.   So simple, so good.

As I mentioned, things got off to a disastrous start – through no fault of the restaurant.   When you read about what happened, you’ll be even more impressed with the food.   This dinner elevated everyone’s spirits and not only saved the night but made it a truly special one.

 

 

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6 comments on “Detroit Eats: Wright and Company

  1. ksbeth
    September 2, 2015

    i’ve been wanting to try this place too, and now you’ve sealed the deal for me with this post. can’t wait to hear what happened –

  2. Tamara
    September 2, 2015

    Thanks for reminding me… I’ve made brussels sprout salad before (it’s an amazing salad base) and it’s been a while! I saw that pic and said “ohhhh yeah!”

    I love beets. Everything looks beyond divine.

    I’m not sure why you didn’t link to their website (that I could see): http://www.wrightdetroit.com/

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      September 2, 2015

      I usually don’t link to restaurant sites – but for no particular reason… Have you been to Wright?

      • Tamara
        September 4, 2015

        Ah! I just realized that your other link for Selden Standard was to your other post, not to the restaurant. Oopsie, apologies!

        Not yet! I want to make it over to both of those, now. 😀

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