This post is sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel. I received a free dinner at Iridescence in exchange for providing an authentic review of my experience. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
As a full-time working mom, I don’t get out much. In fact, my social life is pretty non-existent compared to other twenty-somethings my age. Between juggling client deadlines, deciding what to make for dinner, catching up on household chores and fighting with my four-year-old about her bedtime (we’re working on it!), I don’t have a lot of space in my schedule to pencil in casual coffee dates, power lunches or even the occasional after-work happy hour.
So, when MotorCity Casino Hotel reached to me about attending a Bloggers Night Out event at Iridescence, I was not going to pass up an opportunity to experience Detroit’s only four-diamond restaurant and connect with other bloggers in the area. I was looking forward to getting glammed up for a fun night on the town with friends.
This wasn’t my first time at MotorCity. Whenever we go downtown to watch the Red Wings, we usually make a pitstop at the casino to play a couple rounds of Black Jack. I’ve also been to a couple events at the Sound Board. Whether we’re going to see a concert or rallying with our fellow Red Wings fans at a playoff viewing party, we always have a good time. Needless to say, my expectations of Iridescence were pretty high. I was not disappointed.
Before being escorted to our table, we were treated to small talk and champagne in their newly remodeled and state-of-the-art wine room. While we enjoyed sampling a delicious spread of charcuterie, this was just a tiny taste of what was yet to come.
I must say, their staff made me feel like a celebrity from the moment I walked in the door. I’ve been to a few fine dining establishments and can confidently say none of them matched the level service, presentation, attention to detail and craftsmanship I experienced at Iridescence—not even the celebrity-frequented Hollywood hotspot that came highly recommended by one of our acquaintances in the business. Even the atmosphere at Iridescence rivaled some of Chicago’s renown restaurants, featuring equally stunning views of the city skyline.
When it came time to order, I had a hard time making a selection simply because of all the options available to choose from. While several other parties around us highly recommended the many varieties of steak offerings, I’m partial to seafood and opted to start with the “Scallopscargo”appetizer, which consisted of seared sea scallops, garlic butter, havarti cheese and crostini. All it took was one bite and I was instantly impressed.
As for the main course, I selected their Miso Glazed Salmon with togarashi rice, baby bok choy and sweet chili butter, which was equally as impressive. I had forgotten how much I loved seafood, and I think it’s safe to say that Iridescence reignited my palate.
Our night came to a sweet ending when we ordered their Melting Chocolate Sphere, which resembled a blooming flower when drizzled with caramel sauce.
We also had a taste of the Forbidden Apple, which consisted of an artfully crafted mocha ice cream apple with a brandy center, served with a crème brûlée egg, french macaroon, passion truffle, brown sugar streusel and white chocolate sauce.
Even after appetizers, a main course and dessert, we were pleasantly satisfied without feeling overstuffed. As someone who’s a big advocate for supporting Michigan-based businesses, I enjoyed their selection of Michigan wines and ended up closing out the night with a glass of reisling from Shady Lane Cellars, a Leelanau Peninsula winery.
As soon as I got home, I could not wait to tell AJ all about my evening and dropped a couple of hints about where we should go for our upcoming anniversary. We’ll soon be celebrating six years, and I cannot think of a better way to spend the evening than enjoying the romantic ambiance and fine fare at Iridescence, followed by a couples massage and overnight stay at MotorCity Casino Hotel.
Have you had an opportunity to dine at Iridescence? What was your favorite part: the food, the atmosphere or the pre-and-post-dinner entertainment options?