Last week, we checked out one of Plymouth’s new hot spots: Zin Wine Bar. A cozy little restaurant, Zin offers an excellent wine list, and a respectable drink menu. They even had hot buttered rum, an absolutely necessary indulgence this time of year.
I must say, the menu was rather intriguing, there was much I wished to try, but in the end I went with the Brussel sprout salad, the duck confit app, and the salmon for my entree. The brussel sprouts with shaved carrots, caramelized sweet onions, quinoa, me a red wine vinaigrette all finished off with a smear of black garlic aioli on the plate, blew me away. This is one of the best composed salads I’ve come across. I will certainly get this salad again.
As for the duck confit with a ginger apple and cabbage slaw with Old World Olive Press espresso balsamic, I really thought this was a wonderful collection of favors, one that is right up my alley. However, I must say the dish was extremely over salted, which ruined the delightful flavors. A circumstantial mistake, I know these things happen, but it was a little disappointing. I also felt the dish was lacking in something to balance it out, and could benefit from a little greenery perhaps.
The salmon, although overlooked for my tastes, (medium well, which is fine, considering a lot of places sell dry, well done salmon), was still moist. The accompaniments of tomato couscous, balsamic grilled eggplant, and a dill Creme fraiche, were all delicious, especially the couscous. This was a good simple plate, and if it had been a good bright medium rare it would have been perfect.
All in all, I really enjoyed the environment, and the food. And I do plan on checking it out again in the future. If you’re from the metro Detroit area, I recommend checking it out, perhaps for their Big & Bold wine tasting on December 5th. Maybe I’ll see ya there.