Wright & Company

wright and company steak

We went to Wright & Company to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary and was impressed with the decor and the atmosphere of the building.  Located on the 2nd floor of 1500 Woodward, we found the entrance on John R and Woodward.  The entrance is tucked away on John R just north of Parker’s Alley and opens to a small entranceway with the restaurant host and an elevator.  The almost hidden entrance added to the allure of an enticing menu.

The 2nd floor opens to a long marble bar, Edison light bulbs, and an expansive oil painting.  The bicycle chain fans and the metal ceiling with leather couches created a great vibe for dinner and provided a great view of downtown Detroit.

Wright & Company offers 6 different versions of an Executive Old Fashioned and has an excellent mixology menu.  I went with the Russell’s Reserve Old Fashioned and Dawn got the Violet Crush.  The Violet Crush was very impressive with drops of Blueberry tea painted into leaves on the egg white foam.

The GOOD

For starters, we selected the Fresh Potato Chips, Roasted Pineapple Salad the Grilled Mushroom Ceviche.  The appetizers were fantastic!  You’d think fresh potato chips wouldn’t be anything special but they were plated in a perfectly stacked mound with fine crumbles of bacon, scallions, and tomato relish.  The cheddar cheese sauce was perfect and not too overpowering.

The pineapple salad was fresh and vibrant with the cojita cheese blending in with the vinaigrette and sweet roasted pineapple.  The grilled mushroom ceviche was also a great addition to the meal.  The starter and salads were definitely the best part of the meal.

For dessert, we went with the highly recommended butterscotch pudding and the dark chocolate tart.  I could have sworn Dawn guarded the pudding with her spoon – it was so good!

The NOT SO GOOD

For dinner, we opted for the New York steak and Wild striped bass.  Both dishes looked promising however, I was unfortunately disappointed.  The lyonnaise potatoes arrived lukewarm and nearly cold.  The steak also arrived lukewarm.  I asked for the potatoes to be reheated which they brought back quickly.  I’m assuming both the steak and potatoes sat on the window before expediting to the table.

The wild striped sea bass arrived and was properly cooked however, it had a pronounced fishy taste which was the second disappointment.  We muddled through it but were disappointed as sea bass is usually an excellent dish.

The wait staff was very friendly and addressed the potato concern quickly.  Given the COVID situation, I empathize with restaurants trying to staff and service tables while meeting health guidelines.  The drinks, appetizers, and dessert were excellent.  The actual main course just had too many misses and I’m just a regular guy taking his wife out to the rare high-end dinner.

Overall, I’d be willing to give Wright & Company another attempt, but I’d want to speak with the manager first regarding our anniversary dinner experience.