Small Plates new spot on Royal Oak's Main Street of eateries.
From start to finish a really delicious, if a touch decadent affair. Knowing Small Plates was opening in Royal Oak was enough to send my saliva and taste buds tingling. Having been to the Detroit location a few times I knew I liked their style already.
But I am getting ahead of myself. When you first walk in your senses are enveloped in warm chocolaty colors, the glow of a fiery pizza oven and a very eager to please staff including Doug, the manager. The night my guy and I went there the entire upstairs was booked for what seemed to be a wedding shower. The downstairs tables were full, so they offered us a spot at the downstairs bar, with full service of course. Before we could finish our Hendricks Gin Fizz & Small Plates Cosmo with Ketel we were soon obliged with a coveted upstairs table and took the elevator instead of the staircase.
And I'm glad we did. Upstairs is a very cool large seating and bar area with more of the same warm colors and fantastic greenery with hundreds of votives which may have had to do with the private party. In the back is another semi-private seating area that looks to be set for use as a VIP or large party area. Nonetheless, it was nothing short of a stunning visual and feeling.
The overall effect is a hip lounge, yet very warm and inviting. Front façade is all windows allowing the lights and sounds to spill in from the street. The only thing missing was some type of artwork on the walls but they just opened so maybe in time they will display some of the great artists who work in the area up on the walls as many other restaurants have been doing.
Quickly as we sat down and made ourselves comfortable our waiter, Scott, came over and greeted us like good friends. He explained the menu and I pronounced that I knew exactly what I wanted. A Greek pizza to start - which honestly was my least favorite item--nice try but it needs more pepperoni and veggies in general. 2nd was the seared scallops--very very good but the noodles it comes with could also use a little help.
Overall, it was a great dinner. I would like to see a few special entrees, like braised short ribs on the menu. I do recommend giving them a shot for a date or dinner with friends or private party.
And we especially can't wait to return to the upstairs bar on a sultry summer evening when the live entertainment that "coming soon" will spill out onto the patio seating out front, down on Main Street. -JDP