The latest venture from popular and successful Detroit restauranteur Frank Taylor is Detroit Fish Market at Paradise Valley, and it is now open.
Taylor is the man behind many other visionary dining concepts in the city, such as the soul food-infused fine-dining jazz club Seldom Blues, the ultra-chic brunch spot Detroit Breakfast House, and the chic ultra-lounge and gourmet pizzeria South Beach Ultra Lounge inside the Fisher Building (the concept sounds strange, but the inside is straight out of Miami and without benefit of a website or hardly any promotion it has become one of Detroit's most popular nightlife destinations).
Yes, Taylor knows how to open a restaurant (and keep it open). Detroit Fish Market is his newest offering to the city's culinary scape, and it takes a very serious approach to freshness. Specials are made daily with the freshest catches flown in from Atlantic to Pacific, and the raw bar (I'm going to hope this does not include sushi based solely on principle but I do not know for sure) is open late on weekends. The atmosphere is all Detroit--loft-like with floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed brick, with rich mahogany tones, polished wood floors, warm oak tables and trim, and soft light from antique street lamps completing the preserved historic "Detroit" look. Both elegant and urban, this is the kind of place that will fast become a Detroit favorite.
Plus, it is the only true fishhouse within city limits, which makes it both noteworthy and bragging-rights-worthy.
Detroit Fish Market is located at 1435 Randolph Street in Paradise Valley (formerly Harmonie Park). Hours of operation are Mon.-Thurs. 11:30AM-10:00PM, Fri. & Sat. 11:30AM-11:00PM (raw bat open 'til 2:00AM), and Sun. noon-10:00PM. Call 313-963-3003 for reservations or menu information.