There’s a new dining destination on the north side of Ann Arbor. Mikette Bistro and Bar (1759 Plymouth Road) is a sister restaurant to Ann Arbor’s acclaimed Mani Osteria and Isalita restaurants. Mikette continues the practice of showcasing cuisine inspired by a specific region — in this case, southeastern France.
One of the first things I noticed in the completely renovated space is the incorporation of the bee symbol throughout the décor. One of the oldest symbols representing French royalty, the bee gained popularity when Napoleon adopted it as his own. Today, the bee symbol is pervasive in Provence, etched, embroidered, and embossed on items and architecture throughout the region.
The menu consists of a lot of sharable plates — so plan on trying a wide variety of dishes. The Moroccan meatballs and the mussels were two personal favorites.
Mikette officially opened in early August and is currently serving dinner only; however, the restaurant has plans to extend it hours to lunch and weekend brunches.