Though they're far from the cerulean seas and rolling mountains of northern Lebanon, the cooks at Le Chef Restaurant flood their sophisticated dining room with the mouthwatering aromas and flavors of the diverse region. Their menu reads like a ‘best-of’ list of Lebanese cuisine, offering up favorites such as stuffed lamb, couscous, and chicken shawerma. They also prepare an impressive list of vegetarian specialties, such as grape leaves that are stuffed with rice, chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes and served with tangy yogurt sauce. Guests can pair their meals with Lebanese white and red wines from the lush Bekaa Valley or choose more recognizable varietals from Italy, Spain, and France. When weather permits, wining, dining, and backflips can unfurl on Le Chef's patio.
Besides friendly lunch and dinner service, Le Chef Restaurant also offers up its distinctive fare during special events with private dining and catering services.
Joined by her husband and close friends, founder Denise Mehl sought to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment. The result is Jungle Java, where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's café carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
From the Bella Vita kitchen waft the luscious scents of freshly made specialty pizzas and roasted chicken or seafood dinners. Voted the best local pizza during the Pizza Palooza tasting event, the restaurant's deep-dish and thin-crust pies showcase traditional toppings such as tomatoes and basil alongside gourmet trappings including roasted garlic, steak, and feta cheese. In a special broaster, chefs cook marinated chicken to juicy perfection before pairing it with picnic- or kitchen-table-ready sides. The restaurant's straightforward online ordering system allows customers to call forth feasts with blinding accuracy and never miss a moment of their fantasy-canoeing-league draft.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
Yotsuba’s skilled sushi chefs sprinkle fresh fish and organic seaweed with low-sodium soy sauce brewed in-house. Tempura and teriyaki dishes steam atop low tables in the West Bloomfield location’s tatami room, where cushy legless seats host floor-level dining in traditional Japanese style. High-backed booths and bar seating at both locations raise patrons off the ground for views of chopstick-wielding chefs tapping out the drum solo from "Wipeout" behind the sushi bar.
Chef Das gladly carries on the tradition of crafting fine food and sharing trade secrets with an accessible teaching-style. Students of her classes gain a greater understanding of the culinary traditions that infuse the Indian subcontinent, from making paneer masala with freshly-pressed cheeses to comprehending the difference between currying favor and favoring curry.