Selden Standard – Review

Some Gouda Times | November 2, 2015 | By

Selden Standard – warm, welcoming and pretty much everything my mouth has been begging for in a meal. We’re coming into maybe the busiest time of the year, but I urge you to slow down, if just for one night, make time for those important in your life and if you’re looking for a meal you’ll be thinking about long after it’s over, make a reservation at Selden Standard. Our experience at Selden Standard was, well. . .anything but standard. 

Selden Standard  takes reservations because they believe that allowing people to be able to plan their day is just part of being hospitable. We went on a Wednesday evening and didn’t think reservations would be necessary. We were disappointed to learn the wait would be at least an hour due to drop-ins before the Paul McCartney concert. We talked about other dining options in the area but thankfully, stayed because at Selden Standard and were seated in about 20 minutes. What a pleasant surprise!

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Daily Detroit – Before and After Selden Standard

The menu is ‘mix and match’ which at first was a little confusing ~ perhaps because we, as diners aren’t used to such options ~ consisting of categories Vegetables & Such, Meat & Fish, Beverages and Dessert. Most options are shareable. Food is brought out as it’s ready, not necessarily the order you’d expect but again giving you that no-pressure, homey feeling.

Best advice: rely on the wait staff. They’re friendly, helpful and above all, knowledgeable.

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We couldn’t wait to dig into this house-made bread and softened butter we’d heard about which is brought to the table on request. It’s a dense, rustic sort of bread. I dare you to stop at one slice!

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Three of us shared this charred octopus with chickpea and  basil-jalapeno. A perfect combination and layer upon layer of flavor. We knew it was going to be a good night. . .

Our server recommended we choose two options for the three of us to share from the Vegetables & Such category. We got carried away (though not in a bad way) and ordered three: The Smoked Potato with crème fraiche, raclette cheese and fresh dill, Sweet Potato Aglonotti (a tube-shaped ravioli) with mushrooms, leaks, sage and pecans and the Ricotta Gnocchi with roasted squash and sage (not pictured). All three are shareable and were passed around among us.

My only – and I mean only – disappointment that night (which didn’t surface until about 10 p.m.)  is that I didn’t save room for dessert! When that 10 p.m., where-is-dessert- thought rolled around, I found myself wishing Selden delivered. 

Next best piece of advice: order dessert, even if it’s to go.

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I’m really particular about the sear on my scallops and when I eat out, I assume expect the chef’s sear will be even better than mine at home. Clearly, no disappointment here. Gorgeous seared scallops on a bed of butternut squash, caramelized brussel sprouts and crispy bacon. I couldn’t have imagined this kind of togetherness, but man this is what I’m talking about when I say layers of flavor.

Selden Standard is not the type of restaurant you stop in for a quick bite. The food is so darn good it should be in the Detroit Restaurant Hall of Fame ~ I mean, if there was one. Come to Selden Standard, bring your friends, relax, chat and share some laughs – just as you would at a friend’s house (but of course remember you’re NOT at your friend’s house, so please, leave your shoes on) and because the menu changes with the season, you’ll have a reason (as if you needed one) to come back again and again. Five stars.