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Reviews by benito:
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
Bastone positions itself as a true-to-form Belgian brasserie in the middle of swanky Royal Oak. In reality, it's an excellent restaurant with great French and Belgian food where the beer is really an afterthought.
The restaurant is large, the booth cavernous; and the bar area (with a few TVs) is separated from the main dining area by a stylish wooden partition. The walls are nicely decorated with French and Flemish-language beer paraphanalia and posters.
The lunch menu has a good mix of Belgian entrees and some tasty-sounding sandwiches. The moules (steamed in a sauce of Dijon and saffron) were excellent, as was the chicken waterzooi. My tartine sandwich was slathered heavy with goat cheese, and the roasted vegetables were just right. This is one of the better, upscale-but-not-too-upscale meals I've had in Detroit in a long time.
To the beer...they had their six mainstay brews on tap and two seasonals. Continental and Belgian styles are at the heart of their offerings, and their pilsener and tripel were easily the two best beers they had. Their dubbel and wit, two of their weakest--the former was too watery and the latter was overrun by lemon and ginger. They also offer a blonde and IPA as part of their main rotation, both of which were average. The two seasonals--a doppelbock and imperial stout--were heavy, hearty and well-done. Overall, the beer quality was average to slightly-above average, with the pilsener and tripel significantly helping the overall impression. The beer, though, clearly plays second fiddle to the food, and were it not for the two chalkboards above the bar, it would be easy to lose sight of the fact that this place brewed their own beer (The brewery itself is nowhere to be seen).
Overall, Bastone is a great restaurant and a passable peddler of beer--not a bad combination at all.
11-19-2007 20:21:26 | More by benito
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