When Tin Fish closed in 2016, it left a high profile space at Partridge Creek forlornly empty. It took a while, but to the rescue came Karet Projects, a group of investors who put longtime restaurateur David Muer in charge of a completely new enterprise.
Muer ran the Blue Pointe restaurant on Detroit’s far east side for 32 years before moving on to other ventures. Now he’s back in the restaurant game and the new spot is quite a contrast to the self-described neighborhood spot he ran for so many years on East Warren.
The new regime is relying on his expertise, and that of executive chef Don Throneberry, who is in charge of the impressively large kitchen behind the scenes. Behind the scenes, that is, except for one table for four, the chef’s table, that may be reserved by those who like to be close to the culinary action.
M’s Table includes an attractive central bar flanked by a casual dining room on one side and a more formal one on the other, plus a second floor music room where weekend entertainment takes place.
The decor includes a lot of local memorabilia salvaged by Muer over the years, lobster traps, oars, anchors and a binnacle that now serves as the host stand at the entrance. There are also some handsome wood carvings rescued from Charley’s Crab in Troy that would have otherwise gone into the dumpster.
So many nautical artifacts might lead a diner to believe that this is a fish house, and it could qualify as one. It includes an oyster bar and a sushi bar, but the menu goes well beyond. It’s an is-everybody-happy? menu that reflects the philosophy of chef Throneberry, says Muer. It includes a number of steaks, as well as prime ribs, lamb chops and pastas typified by a very nice shrimp ravioli with garlic butter sauce.
Stuffed flounder is one of the signature items, along with seafood bisque, New England clam chowder, the obligatory lake perch and flash-fried calamari, all well-prepared and nicely, but not fussily served. There are no surprises on what is a traditional menu. The wide number of choices can seem overwhelming and for that reason, the list could stand some trimming. I suspect that will happen as the restaurant gets established. But please don’t trim the creme brulee.
M’s Table is a welcome addition to the dining options on Hall Road. And the fact that it is locally owned adds to its appeal.
M’s Table + Bar
17470 Hall, Clinton Twp.
(586) 412-2539; mstableandbar.com
Rating: ★★ 1/2
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m-10 p.m. Sun (Bar later).
Prices: Appetizers $6-$15, soups and salads $6-$15, entrees $16-$33, desserts $4-$8.
Credit cards: All major
Liquor: Full bar and a good wine list
Noise level: Moderate
Wheelchair access: No barriers
Parking: Mall lot
What the ratings mean
★ — routine ★★ — good ★★ 1/2 — very good
★★★ — excellent ★★★★ — outstanding