Several weeks ago, we finally checked out the The Raven’s Club for cocktails and dinner. The Raven’s Club is similar to The Sugar House in Detroit, with a strong focus on scratch-made classic cocktails. Dave ordered the New York Sour which included bourbon, ruby port, fresh lemon, and egg white (not pictured above, that’s our second round) and I ordered a Sidecar, one of my favorite drinks, which is made with Cognac, Cointreau, Fresh Lemon. We both enjoyed our drinks. The Sidecar was really smooth and has overthrown Seva’s as the best Sidecar I’ve ever had! For dinner, we decided to order several appetizers and share them.
We started with the chorizo and cornbread, housemade Mexican chorizo, fried egg on top, bacon fat sweet cornbread and really would could have just followed up with another serving of it, it was that good. I said to Dave when we come in next time we’ll have to each get our own. The chorizo, onion goodness that sat on top of the cornbread and under the egg was fabulous. I have no idea what else was in it, but it was so good! We followed that up with the grilled asparagus, which was more like a salad with frisee, a 60 minute egg, orange citronette, balsamic reduction, and grana padano cheese. The frisee was much too bitter for my tastes and the 60 minute egg was just weird. The white was soft and runny and the yolk was firm and lacking flavor. I would skip this one.
To finish dinner up we ordered the smoked lamb short ribs that were served with a snap pea and mint salad. The ribs were fatty, but had good flavor and the mint from the salad was a nice accent. We also ordered a second round of cocktails. Dave tried the Ravens Club #2 made with vodka, St. Germain, blackberry puree, fresh lemon, and mint. And I tried the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail made with dark rum, Fresh lime, housemade Falernum syrup, and Cointreau. The Falernum syrup is infused with spices like allspice, vanilla, and cloves. Both drinks were excellent. It was difficult to pick which round we enjoyed more. I’m looking forward to trying the Raven’s Club again. A couple of cocktails and chorizo and cornbread sound good.