25 Kitchen + Bar {Review]

25 Kitchen + Bar has been on my list of restaurants to visit for awhile now. They are quite active on Twitter and I wanted to k now what the fuss was about. Bonus, I was able to try them out using Restaurant.com coupons!

Yes, I’m cheap like that. We do pay full price for our meals normally, but when you’re not quite sure about a restaurant coupons are a good way to feel better about the risk.

We went on a weeknight during ArtPrize, and were surprised that it wasn’t very busy at 7:30. We weren’t sure where to go, as there was a bar section and a dining room, yet there were no signs whether we were to seat ourselves or wait for a host/ess. We wandered around a good 10 minutes before the bartender told us to have a seat anywhere.

Upon sitting at an open table, I noticed it was dirty. Ugh. It was also so dark we could hardly read the menu. DH used the flashlight on his phone to read it. And we are not old (just wanted to clarify – we’re in our 30s).

We were quite impressed by the number of Michigan beers and wines that were available. The sign outside said $3 Michigan microbrewery drafts. We ordered Frankenmuth Nitro Stout and Dragon’s Milk. Unfortunately when we go the bill we found out they were not on the $3 list; it would have been nice if the waitress had clued us in.

We started with the BBQ Bourbon Scallops as an appetizer ($12) described as “gigantic scallops grilled, paired with bacon + drenched with a homemade BBQ Bourbon sauce.” These were quite nice, the sauce was perfect. I think the bacon outshone the scallops but whatever. I would get these again!

I ordered the Roasted Portaballa ($10), described as “enormous portabella caps marinated + grilled on herb focaccia topped with boursin cheese, caramelized onion + roasted red peppers.” The sandwich was truly delicious! Very flavorful, the cheese contrasted nicely with the mushroom flavor.

DH ordered the Chicken Elizabeth ($15), described as “Grilled chicken breast tossed in a basil cream sauce over cavatappi pasta with artichokes, tomato, red onion + fresh mushrooms. The basil cream sauce was definitely something to write home about.

We ended the evening with the apple skillet (I forgot to write down the price, and it’s not on their website) which was good but not super spectacular.

Then, we got our bill. Gulp. Even with the restaurant.com coupons it was more than I had been expecting. It was sort of a downer.

Overall our experience was mediocre. Great food but only OK service and atmosphere. If we go again I would definitely clarify the drink specials, and maybe get a couple of the “sharables” to enjoy tapas style.

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