We were greeted by the Sommelier/General Manager Robert Bansberg, who is no stranger to elegant restaurants.
|Bob and I, and yes that is an MTV Award! Ask him about it when you go!|
It is rare to find a restaurant that has the appropriate tools and knowledge on how to open, filter if necessary and aerate a bottle of advanced vintage, but PM Prime executed the challenge beautifully. They also have an extensive wine list, naturally.
I should note that you won't find a Cosmo on their martini menu- all libations are creatively concocted and fine-tuned, so the essence of the highest-quality liquor shines through. I started off with a Tiger in the White City- Tigre Blanc French Vodka, St. Germain, Hum, Pineapple and Champagne. It was a delectable, with a floral/citrus note thanks to the Hum.
I then moved on to Langley's Aviation, a drink that has demanded a spot on their cocktail menu by many a patron. It contains Langley's Gin, Alpine Violet Liqueur, Luxardo, Pressed Lemon and Bubbly. I had never tasted such a unique cocktail, and the Violet Liqueur was an amazement to the senses.
The chef sent out an amuse-bouche to kick off our culinary adventure, and it was a bite bursting with flavor (and a visual feast as well).
Executive Chef Dominic Zumpano is in charge of the kitchen, and I am extremely thrilled that he is! He was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest, and it shows in his culinary creations. We ordered shrimp cocktail and octopus for starters. I am such a fan of shrimp cocktail, and will have to say this ranks among the best I have ever had.
My husband has the Lobster Bisque while I opted for the Wedge Salad. The Bisque was rich without being overpowering or too creamy and included hints of tarragon and cauliflower.
For sides, we decided upon Brussels Sprouts, Potato Puree, Kennebec Frites, and Forrest Mushrooms for the table to share.
The frites arrived with two homemade dipping sauces, came in a mini matchstick shape, and were crisped to perfection. The potato puree was rich, creamy, and indulgent. As for the mushrooms, the pecans and goat cheese added a little sweetness and zing to the dish. I adore brussels sprouts, and might ask them to add bacon to the mix next time (because I loved the bacon from the Wedge THAT much).
Ahh....on to the steak. Being from Michigan, I am a bit of a steak snob. I still remember going on a first date with a guy and him being horrified that I ordered my steak medium-well. It was almost a deal breaker. I now order my steaks medium-rare, and savor the flavor of a perfectly cooked filet.
I had the 6 oz filet with Roasted Garlic Parmesan crust, and my husband had his with a blue cheese crust and Oscar Style, which includes lump king crab. We were blown away by the quality of the steak- all of the meat at PM Prime is prime, hence the name, and it becomes very obvious why they are picky about the meat they serve. It is just that much better.
We couldn't leave without sampling dessert. I have been to some restaurants where dessert is an afterthought, but PM Prime poured their heart and soul into these creations.
The first concoction had chocolate served 9 different ways. NINE! As for the fresh donuts with a gooey-sweet dipping sauce, I would come back simply for those.
To say I am a fan of PM Prime is a massive understatement. They have poured their hearts and souls into this restaurant and it shows. I would highly recommend this for your next date night, and if you need a mid-week break, try their Supper Club! Every Wednesday and Thursday starting at 5pm, they are serving 1960s classic cuisine with a modern twist. Think French Onion Soup, Prime Rib and Chocolate Crème Brûlée, with entrees starting at $19. You can also grab a Hamm's or Miller High Life for $3- how's that for a treat to get you through the week?
As we were departing, I had the opportunity to take a tour of the downstairs.
PM Prime has a private dining area, with gorgeous black and white aviation photos covering the walls.
The pioneers of aviation were both fearless and brave, and motivate the team at PM Prime to strive for excellence in all that they do.
|Steve and I- he showed me a beautiful B&W photo of his mom that hangs above the bar|
What I Wore
The restaurant was so impressive, I almost forgot to share the fashion portion of date night! Since PM Prime is so fabulously retro, I decided to head in a more demure direction. I chose a grey knit bodycon dress with a chain embellishment on the neck from Zara (on sale for under $20 this winter!). Although it is sold out, Topshop has a great take on the midi bodycon dress all for around $50:
I wore my Jean Reno 1348 glasses from Iristocracy to finish off the look and left my hair smooth and sleek with smoky eyes and a dash of muted raspberry lipstick to top it off. My nails were done in Sally Hansen's Gel Nail Color in Commander in Chic- great for the woman who only wants to paint her nails once every 2 weeks!
A huge thank you to PM Prime for having my husband, our friends and I as their guests. It was truly an evening we will never forget, and I hope you have the opportunity to experience this culinary marvel as well!
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary meal at PM Prime for review purposes, but all opinions are honest and my own.