Slated to open in March 2021, Madam — a vegetable-forward, seasonally rooted fine dining restaurant — will be the flagship eatery in Birmingham’s soon to open Daxton Hotel, headed by acclaimed chef Garrison Price.
Located at the northwest corner of East Brown Street and South Old Woodward Avenue in downtown Birmingham, the Daxton Hotel is set to open Feb. 24, offering guests 151 rooms, five-star amenities, and curated decor.
Owner Mark Mitchell, in partnership with Aparium Hotel Group — developers of the award-winning Foundation Hotel in downtown Detroit — wants to bring his new vision of Birmingham luxury to life.
“Madam’s menu and space speak to an effortless ability to balance whimsy and fun with a refined sensibility and worldly education,” says Mitchell. “From the art on the walls to the art on the plate, we’ve drawn inspiration from across the globe as well as our backyard here in Birmingham. Madam is a world-class dining destination where you can stop in for wine and a burger or host a blowout special occasion celebration.”
To accompany the minimalist-luxe design, over 400 pieces of art curated from around the world by Saatchi Art will enliven the rooms and restaurant.
“Madam is going to present a fresh take on American cuisine,” says Price. “My goal is to marry the classic technique I have developed over the years working alongside luminaries in the culinary world with a focus on sustainability, seasonality, and creating a minimal footprint.”
Born and raised in the Midwest, Price brings more than 20 years of experience working in the kitchens of renowned chefs, starting in his hometown of Chicago, he worked his way up running kitchens as the head chef of China Poblano, Asiate, and New York Times three-star reviewed Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria.
One of the dishes that can be expected when Madam opens its doors is a Venere black rice with wild shrimp, melted leeks and egg yolk, and roasted lamb saddle’s served alongside black maitake and pine-smoked tea. All the ingredients have been used for centuries — the rice having roots in ancient China, later to be adopted by Italy — and each is celebrated individually, while their combination evokes a delicious sense of playfulness.
For desert, guests can expect whimsical takes on classics, like the creamsicle mille feuille, otherwise known as a custard slice. More menu selections will be released in the coming weeks.
The backdrop for Price’s fare at Madam is an 80-seat dining room with an adjacent bar and lounge featuring a geodesic dome similar to those located at EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World in Orlando, or the American exhibit at Expo ‘67 in Montreal. Guests will sit under a towering ceiling in the dining room, lit by an elegant, custom-made chandelier and oversized windows. The vibrant, open space will serve guests breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
Once open, Madam will serve breakfast Monday – Friday from 6:30-11 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from 7-11 a.m. Lunch is offered Monday – Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner is served starting at 5 p.m. each day until 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Friday and Saturday service will last until 11 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend brunch is available 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Lounge opens daily at 11 a.m. and continues service until one hour after the close of the dining room. For reservations, call 248.283.4200 or email [email protected].
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