Cheers: Vinotecca unveils new menu; Park 600 opens

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Just in time for cooler weather, chef Robert Young at the cozy and elegant wine bar Vinotecca has created an updated menu to pair with the globe-spanning wine list.

The Royal Oak spot has always had a good offering of food, both on its own bar menu and with the option to order off the menu at sister restaurant Bastone next door. Vinotecca offers the same hearty Belgian food as Bastone, but in a more sophisticated and romantic setting.

The new menu has appetizer-sized, wine-friendly dishes that Vinotecca is known for, like hazelnut scallops, fried eggplant, stuffed avocado and fish tacos. Flat bread pizzas have been added, although they are much different than those found at Bastone. Look for a shrimp pesto pie with capers, fresh mozzarella and champagne-dressed arugula.

Match your cheese plates with the region your wine is from. The British Isles sampler has Stilton and Stripey Jack cheeses, pickled onions, marinated radish and dried fruits. There are also plates with products from Spain or France. Cheese, meat and sides can be ordered a la carte for $3-$4 each.

New entrees include beef tenderloin, shrimp and scallops, duck breast and a seafood dish with sea bass, shrimp, salmon, lobster and orecchiette pasta.

Vinotecca, 417 S. Main, is open at 4 p.m. daily. Call (248) 544-6256.

Park 600 debuts in Rochester

The revamped restaurant at the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester made its debut last week. Park 600 Bar + Kitchen serves lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and a full bar with a focus on cocktails.

Look for classic items like French onion soup, grilled cheese, a signature burger (this one has a fried egg), steak and pasta. One interesting dish is the Knuckle Sandwich, which is roast beef with horseradish, caramelized onions and cheddar.

En vogue items include Brussels sprouts, tater tots, beignets and a duck Banh Mi.

The Royal Park Hotel is at 600 E. University. Call the restaurant at (248) 453-8732.

Food & beverage events

Grape Expectations fundraiser at Colony Club Detroit: A wine pairing dinner and fundraiser for Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center. 6-9 p.m. Thurs. $125, $800 for a table for 8. 2310 Park, Detroit. (734) 785-7705.

JD’s Motown Mustard dinner at The Menagerie Kitchen: Chef Jeremy Kalmus will make each dish with new, locally-made product JD’s Motown Mustard. Partial proceeds benefit the Dick Wagner Concert for Children fund. 6 p.m. Sat. $60. Alcoholic beverages are $3-$5 each. 31 N. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 648-1505.

Barkin’ Good Time Pub Crawl at Fountain Walk - Novi: A benefit for Waggin’ Tails Dog Rescue, this bar crawl hits Mynt, Bar Louie, Tilted Kilt and Lucky Strike. 5-11 p.m. Oct. 3. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 44175 W. 12 Mile, Novi. (248) 788-7050.

Melody Baetens