dessous

4.6
197 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
dessous is a very personal restaurant, combining the culinary influences of the restaurant’s owners, who come from diverse backgrounds and are extremely passionate about food – Influenced by their own heritage.
Our menu brings together a mélange of flavors, textures and contrasts.The menu brings together influences of Jay’s Indian origin and features his mom’s homemade naan recipe made one at a time on a cast iron skillet, Scott’s upbringing around country cooking and our friend Chef Eve’s childhood memories of the spice markets in Jerusalem, growing up around vibrant flavors of Cuban cooking in Miami, and her culinary training in France.
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TG
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been here three times now. Food is exotic and interesting with real flavor explosions. Very nice for small or large plates.

f
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Dessous several times and have enjoyed ourselves each time. Service is pleasant and we like the simple, calm, no music, atmosphere, especially the booths with drapes. The food is excellent especially the appetizers - I chose all appetizers this time. Jeremiah was especially attentive and discreet. Keep up the standard, and don't forget to vary the menu!
Jane

MW
Detroit
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a great time and the food very good

OT
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Menu not very appealing. Preparation and presentation weak.

JW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three guests, three different meals - all thoroughly enjoyed!!
We will definitely return!

MK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food is delicious, service is outstanding with a quiet warm atmosphere.

m
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dessous was an unexpected surprise - once you find the place (it is below ground level, hence the name dessous), you will be floored by the modern sophisticated decor. The menu has lots of unexpected global influences (e.g. Avocado Naan Bread) and the service was efficient and friendly. Overall, I’d highly recommend this place! My new favorite restaurant in town!

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! The food is exceptionally delicious and creative. Our new favorite place in Ann Arbor!

Z
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed Dessous but agreed it wouldn't be a regular dining experience. The menu is limited for those who are not into heavy food--either lots of meat or cream. The Sea Bass was good but sufficiently spicy that it hid the flavor. The Sea Bass at the old Melange was a total favorite of mine and could eat it regularly. If the menu is to your taste, they do it well and the service is excellent.

JP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Everything was a very creative blend of familiar and authentic with just enough variation to make it fusion, or at least a different take. I'd especially recommend for those who might struggle with typical levels of spice in Indian cuisine. I felt that these dishes were spiced to be flavorful but not overpowering so each ingredient still stood out. The main meat dishes were very very filling and I almost wished I saved more room because they were cooked to absolute falling off the bone tender perfection! It's a great spot for a nice dinner for special occasions for anyone. If it cost any less or I weren't a poor grad student, I think I'd become quite the regular.

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time here on a business trip to Michigan. Absolutely love Dessous!

US
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was really great.. loved the seasonal samosa and the complimentary naan, cocktails were good too.
staff were friendly and very accommodating

A
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time
Our server was absolute gold
Best service I’ve had in Ann Arbor

DK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here and had a great experience. Atmosphere is great and everything we ate was fantastic. Surprised there were not more people there on a Sunday night. Will definitely come back.

C
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The decor was upscale, but the service and food didn’t match it.

a
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing. Dessous never fails to impress! Amazing food and wonderful staff.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. Portions were big. Especially after that amazing bread. Loved it.

AB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome taste in everything!!!! What a great lower level Ann Arbor secret!!!!!

m
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

brunch needs a llttle work to keep up with balance of food

but we all enjoyed

halibut was just great

r
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, varied menu selections all with great flavors

LH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and our server was friendly and courteous. We waited a little bit for the entrees, but wouldn't have really noticed if we hadn't needed to be somewhere after dinner.

The A/C was out, which wasn't their fault. They did warn us when we arrived, and it was it was tolerable.

There is a problem with Blue Llama's noise from upstairs. We could definitely hear the bass thumping. I hope the folk who own each establishment can get together and figure out how to put some noise block in or Dessous will probably be the loser.

MA
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and the service were great. Truly a treat. The only thing that put a damper on the evening was the air conditioner was missing. I thought it may be that we were there at opening but it never cooled off. So strange being on the lower level but it was hot in the restaurant.

AA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It is quiet early in the evening which is great. There are unique things they do in terms of flavor such as adopting Indian flavors pretty well. However for the price point their presentation is far below expectation. Flavors tend to be busy and the fat contents are pretty high. The wine listings are pretty poor.

h
New England
63 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. I was intrigued by the menu and impressed by the reviews, but I still didn't quite expect this. The service was excellent and the food both inventive and excellent (two attributes that don't always go together!).

j
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary and had a fabulous dinner with great service. We will definately come back.

LB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A great restaurant experience with unusual dishes. Dessous is always a bit of a pleasant surprise.

S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food service! We will return for another meal at Dessous.

B
Detroit
35 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Many locals don't seem to know about Dessous... whether because it's underground, or because its tiny sign and doorway are hard to spot on Main Street's restaurant row. And that's a same, because the cool, elegant decor, attentive service and Eve Aronoff-inspired menu should be drawing a larger crowd.

We stopped in during during Restaurant Week, but the place was less than full and the servers had both the time and inclination to give us full attention, along with some suggestions. All the preparations came off the regular menu -- we particularly enjoyed the shellfish ceviche appetizer and my wife's savory sea bass main. Desserts were indifferent.

Dinged one check for portion size; Dessous seems to think that Restaurant Week specials mean serving half-size portions at 40%-off prices. My 40-garlic-clove consisted of three thin, London broil-style slices of beef. Perfectly seasoned and cooked -- but really? All the other dishes were similarly diminutive; when asked, our server confirmed that portions had been scaled way back.

Nonetheless, we plan to stop in again, because what we ate was well-done and interesting, and there are multiple other items on the menu we'd like to try.

e
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, excellent service (after a bit of a wait to be greeted - they were slammed for Restaurant Week), and intriguing ambiance - clean/white without being sterile; comfortable.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

‘twas a dream

L
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The 4 small slices of steak they served was mostly tendon and gristle. I wouldn’t have served that to guests at my home, let alone paying customers. Best dish was the free naan. Appetizers were decent.

AG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely fantastic. We particularly liked the Sea Bass. We'll be back!

MR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed the Food and drinks. Excellent. Really nice interior decor. The ambiance was marred by the squeals of a baby at a nearby table. Her Parents and grandparents were oblivious. When I was at that point in my life all the adults would take turns taking the baby for a walk away from the table so the others could enjoy part of the meal. Or get a sitter if you’re going to an upscale restaurant such as this.

BA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation here for restaurant week, and it turned out great! My partner and I each ordered something different for each course so that we could share, and everything was wonderful! We tried the Lamb Bolitos and Seafood Ceviche as appetizers, the Skillet Strip and Spaccatelli as entrees, and one of each dessert (the crumble and the tres leches cake). My favorite dish was probably the ceviche. The serving sizes were a bit small, but it makes sense since all three courses made for quite a filling meal. The price range is definitely out of my range regularly, but for restaurant week, this was a great deal!

s
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites during this restaurant week

RO
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Good value for restaurant week.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in a beautiful environment. Great food and craft cocktails.

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, choc cake dried out was a bummer ending to a wonderful meal.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food. Will be back many more times.

AA
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dessous was a great experience all around. Nice decor and ambiance, great service and food was excellent! Took servers advice and got the sea bass which was perfectly seasoned and prepared. My husband had the lamb shank which was also outstanding. Loved the Indian bread pudding for dessert! We will definitely be back

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