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Mike's Bistro -- Review

HML | Jul 22, 2005 12:44 PM

Since this restaurant is one of the more popular ones on this thread, I thought I'd share last night's dinner experience. First, I hadn't been to this space since it was Provi Provi and I agree with one of the prior posts that noted how the decor has not been changed much -- if at all. My wife and I were seated in the back of the main floor where it was cool and the lights were dimmed perhaps a bit too much. Our waiter (Roy) was pleasant enough and service overall was fine. After reading so much here about the duck gnocchi I just had to order it. It was indeed delicious, but the portion I think was a bit on the small side. My wife ordered the beet salad and she says it was good -- but nothing special. For the main course, I had the bbq boneless short ribs--again, after reading so much about them. (Not to mention that my wife told me to order something "different" since, she says, no matter where we go I always get a steak.) They were melt-in-your-mouth delicious, with a nice level of smokiness. The portion size, however, was way too small. To be sure, that's a bigger problem with a main course than with an appetizer. My wife had the duck breast/leg and said it, too, was very big. Again, though, too small a portion. We ordered a bottle of Terras De Belmonte 2003, a Portuguese red, for $39. A quick check at shows it retails for $15.49. That's over a 50% mark-up--$30 would be a better price point. Dessert was "banana" and "apple". They were good--but nothing to knock your socks off. We saw Mike a couple times but he seemed to hover around only one table and didn't stop to visit anyone else. Last, the question of price. Mike's has the look and feel of a comfortable neighborhood restaurant. But our tab was $166, which ain't cheap (or even moderate) by any stretch. Yes, Solo is definitely more expensive and so is Prime Grill but they are totally different experiences. When you go there, you get more of a sense of "going out to eat" rather than "having dinner"--if you know what I mean.

Would I return? Sure. But I probably wouldn't order wine and I probably would share dessert to save a few dollars. If a nice dinner for two would cost $100, then it would be a no brainer.

Any thoughts/comments are welcome.

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