CloverShoots: a beautiful dinner at West End Grill

WestEndGrill-1Despite having lived in Ann Arbor for several years now, I never got the chance to visit the West End Grill.  We got a lovely seat in the window, and the evening light just made for absolutely beautiful photos.

TUNA POKE - FRESH HAWAIIAN AHI TUNA, DICED & TOSSED WITH TOMATOES, SCALLIONS, & AVOCADO IN A YUZU VINAIGRETTE; SERVED ON CRISPY WONTONS WITH WASABI AND GINGER

TUNA POKE – FRESH HAWAIIAN AHI TUNA, DICED & TOSSED WITH TOMATOES, SCALLIONS, & AVOCADO IN A YUZU
VINAIGRETTE; SERVED ON CRISPY WONTONS WITH WASABI AND GINGER

 

Chalkboard menu

Chalkboard menu

The dishes are written on chalkboard, and our waitress recited the whole menu without glancing down at it once! She confided in us that flashcards were the way to go. While very impressive, this makes it a little difficult to decide on an entree while listening to the others. Fortunately, they have everything listed on their website.

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Moscato, Merlot, the recommended signature Cosmopolitan

Moscato, Merlot, the recommended signature Cosmopolitan

FISH TACO - HALIBUT PIECES LIGHTLY COATED IN FLOUR, PAN-SEARED AND SERVED IN A SOFT FLOUR TORTILLA WITH CILANTRO, TOMATOES, AND A BAJA CREAM; SERVED WITH ROASTED TOMATILLO SALSA

FISH TACO – HALIBUT PIECES LIGHTLY COATED IN FLOUR, PAN-SEARED AND SERVED IN A SOFT FLOUR TORTILLA
WITH CILANTRO, TOMATOES, AND A BAJA CREAM; SERVED WITH ROASTED TOMATILLO SALSA

GRILLED ARTICHOKE - A WHOLE ARTICHOKE, STEAMED WITH WHITE WINE & HERBS; BRUSHED WITH OLIVE OIL, GRILLED AND SERVED WITH A MUSTARD AIOLI

GRILLED ARTICHOKE – A WHOLE ARTICHOKE, STEAMED WITH WHITE WINE & HERBS;
BRUSHED WITH OLIVE OIL, GRILLED AND SERVED WITH A MUSTARD AIOLI

Gazpacho

Gazpacho

Caprese

Caprese

To be honest, I wasn’t very impressed with the caprese. It’s an upgraded version of the house salad, so I was expecting it to be something nice, but it turned out to be quite mediocre mozzarella.

PETIT FILET  - A 6 OZ. BEEF TENDERLOIN SIMPLY GRILLED AND SERVED WITH A MAITRE’ D BUTTER; FINISHED WITH A HANDFUL OF PARMESAN-TRUFFLE FRENCH FRIES

PETIT FILET –
A 6 OZ. BEEF TENDERLOIN SIMPLY GRILLED AND SERVED WITH A MAITRE’ D BUTTER;
FINISHED WITH A HANDFUL OF PARMESAN-TRUFFLE FRENCH FRIES

SOUTH AFRICAN LOBSTER TAIL  - A 7 OZ. LOBSTER TAIL BROILED AND TOPPED WITH A BEURRE BLANC SAUCE ACCOMPANIED BY A PANCETTA RISOTTO

SOUTH AFRICAN LOBSTER TAIL –
A 7 OZ. LOBSTER TAIL BROILED AND TOPPED WITH A BEURRE BLANC SAUCE
ACCOMPANIED BY A PANCETTA RISOTTO

FILET BEARNAISE  - AN 8 OZ. FILET MIGNON STUFFED WITH LOBSTER MEAT, GRILLED AND SERVED WITH OUR BEARNAISE SAUCE

FILET BEARNAISE –
AN 8 OZ. FILET MIGNON STUFFED WITH LOBSTER MEAT, GRILLED
AND SERVED WITH OUR BEARNAISE SAUCE

Fred and I aren’t usually big on lobster, but I felt that it was perfect here, lending just the right amount of buttery flavor to the filet.

Our beautiful window seat

Our beautiful window seat

View from the back

View from the back

When I walked to the back of the restaurant, I was very surprised by how dimly lit it was. Our seat was flooded with light, and the back felt like an underground bar. It would be interesting to try sitting in the dark part some day to see how that changes the feel of the meal.

Lava cake

Lava cake

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Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

West End Grill on Urbanspoon

 

In other news, some of the shots from our engagement shoot with the amazing Brian and Stacey of Simmermacher Photo and Film came back.

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They shot with 5D Mark III cameras and had a tilt-shift lens!

fredcathy-173It rained that day, so at first we were sad, but finally the sun came out and they were able to snap a few awesome shots like this!

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Just showing that there’s more to my life than food.  Thanks, Brian and Stacey!  Also, I totally want to upgrade to a 5D Mark III and try a tilt-shift lens now.

 

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