The Peterboro, a newer spot located in the old neighborhood that used to be Detroit’s Chinatown, has been shaking some earth. Chef Brion Wong’s stunning, delicate, and intricate modernist Chinese-American dishes are of a kind we’ve not seen before around Detroit. The food is nothing short of masterful. And it’s a great addition to the new places opening in the downtown area.
The Peterboro offers a contemporary version of American-Chinese fare in the hands and imagination of young chef Brion Wong, and it’s a knockout. Stylish, robustly spiced dishes meant for sharing are served in an upbeat setting that takes the direction given it by the menu and interprets it in the crisp, clean, colorful décor.
Wong’s abbreviated menu of nine small plates and seven “large plates” features instantly recognizable Chinese-American classics such as vegetable fried rice and almond boneless chicken (invented at the original Chung’s, according to local lore). Don’t let that fool you: Prices might be similar to some takeout joints, but this is not typical takeout fare.
If Katoi is Blade Runner, The Peterboro is the floating Chinese restaurant from The Fifth Element. (MORE AESTHETICALLY CINEMATIC DETROIT RESTAURANTS, PLEASE.) This might not be the Year of the Tiger, but it is definitely the year of The Peterboro.
Like the food, Kwiatkowski’s design feels contemporary while still paying homage to classic Chinese-American restaurant decor
All I can say is The Peterboro is perfect. Officially open March 17th, this is a great place for any group. Chef Brion Wong’s recipes are delicious. We are upset I couldn’t stay for the Late Night menu which includes CHEESEBURGER SPRING ROLLS!