I was unexpectedly locked-in to the Michigan Ave strip in Dearborn tonight for dinner. Since I hadn’t prepared and researched things, I stopped in to the first good looking place that caught my eye—Bistro 222. It was a little disappointing, food-wise. (Wish I’d had JanPrimus’ note on Amani’s)
This place has all the trappings of a nice restaurant: cool neighborhood, nice interior, proud floor staff and a reasonably interesting menu and wine list…oh, and meat entrées starting at $18+ (virtually a la carte). Anyway, to get to the bottom line, I had the crab cakes dinner, which included only a small side of dressed arugula.
The plate looked fancy, but crab was not discernible in taste, texture or visually. It was just a seared disc of fillers swimming in American aioli (classy aspiring chefs are gaga for this garlicky mayo), topped with gushing, swirly squirts of “balsamic” syrup. My kid’s entrée was the bbq chicken pizza (appetizer section), which was decent, but no better than any of the better local chains’ pizzas, while being more expensive due to ambiance (overhead).
For these two plates, plus a HOUSE red and a beer and tax/tip, my 4yr old and I were in for slightly over $50 as well as a tinge of regret/disappointment. Indeed, this place got me in the gut, in more ways than one. Granted, a single appetizer and a single entrée don’t make for a definitive sample size, but this is the limit of research I’m willing to extend at Bistro 222. Boy, the Mich Ave strip sure is looking good, though, given the economy. Ford Motor Company must really be doing as well as they portray.