Food & Drink

Oysters, other seafood are the draw at Mink, a Corktown Detroit newcomer

December 01, 2019, 9:41 AM

Twelve seats are at the bar and another dozen are at tables and high-tops. (Photo: Yelp/Dakota K.)

If you enjoy oysters, clams, shrimp, tuna and scallops, a Corktown arrival called Mink has your kind of menu.

It opened Wednesday at Trumbull and Bagley as an offshoot of Marrow, a West Village restaurant and butcher shop opened in fall 2018 by co-owner Ping Ho, who was raised in Singapore.


Her new spot is a 24-seat casual nook focused on seafood and wine. "It has mostly bar seating overlooking an oyster-shucking station and small kitchen, with some tables on either end of the skinny space," Melody Baetens writes at The Detroit News.

Ho said she envisions Mink to be kind of the waiting room for another women-owned restaurant on this corner, chef Kate Williams' Lady of the House. It's a place where diners can get an aperitif and a few small bites while waiting for their table at Lady just across the street or other area restaurants. . . .

The name is a nod to Detroit's fur-trading past.

The menu includes scallop crudo ($14), poached tuna ($15), clams and sausage in garlic broth ($18), shrimp roll ($18) and dry-aged beef tartare ($15). Four food photos are below. 

Among beverage choices are four craft beers ($6-$8), a cider-mead blend ($6), 11 wines ($12-$17/glass, $48-$110/bottle) and champagne by the bottle ($72).

Michigan native Cameron Rolka is the executive chef, Aris Nueva Espana is head chef and Amanda Franke is general manager.

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Clams and Tsixtorra (sausage) in garlic broth is $18. (Photo: Michelle Gerard/Mink)

Shrimp roll with chile jam on house-baked brioche bread is $18. (Photos: Mink)
Six raw oyster varieties generally are available.

Shrimp roll buns, hot from the oven.


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