Mike A’s at Hotel Lafayette – Dining Experience
If you are into the Buffalo food scene then surely you know all about Mike A.
If not allow me to give a brief background. Mike Andrzejewski is one of the premier restaurateurs in Western New York. He is a trained chef and involved with Mike A’s at the Lafayette, Sea Bar, Tappo, and Cantina Loco. Andrzejewski has worked in the best kitchen’s in Buffalo (Oliver’s, Warren’s, Rue Franklin). He and his wife Sherri opened their first restaurant, Tsunami in 2001.
Andrzejewski supports Buffalo and the local restaurant community like, well, a born Buffalonian (he is). My understanding is that he was also the driving force behind Buffalo’s Local Restaurant Week.
Ergo, it seemed only fitting we take the opportunity to visit Mike A’s at the Lafayette on this blessed week. After all, Local Restaurant Week is about stepping out Buffalo. From the name you may have guessed the restaurant is located in the Lafayette Hotel. (If you haven’t been to see this place since the renovation you really must stop in – stunning!). Mike A’s is a single room with a loft- skillfully decorated with brick colored tile, gothic style rib-vaulted ceilings, dramatic wood paneling and trim.
For starters we ordered a Crispy Potato Terrine to share – poached egg, bacon, greens, mustard. We all thought this was a curious starter plate, but reminiscent of some Spanish tapas we’ve loved. Heavenly! If you like potatoes, bacon, eggs etc. it doesn’t get any better than this -honest.
Our waiter brought an amuse bouche of smoked salmon in a bed of corn foam drizzled with balsamic vinegar and a light sprinkle of cilantro. Maybe a little Sea Bar influence here? yum
The menu for LRW was a single offer:
Dinner for One for $20.13 Includes:
(Tax and Gratuity Excluded)
1. Slow Roasted NY Strip Loin
2. Gratin of Root Vegetables
3. Barolo Sauce
There was three of us, and truthfully I’d prefer a few more choices. We like to pass the plates and taste everything, but the standard menu had some great options.
Sea Scallops- Hazelnut, Romesco Sauce, Butter potato puree, sea bean fritto misto. ($27). Romesco is a nut and red pepper-based sauce from Spain.
Duck Breast- duck chorizo stuffed figs, corn stew, juniper gastrique ($29).
I don’t want to gush too much, but everything we tried was outstanding- properly prepared, served, presented… creative, fresh, tasty. I’m a big fan of trying new combinations of food and technique. Their website proclaims- “A contemporary take on classic dishes.” That sounds about right. Will it work for you? One way to find out.
I know the word on the street is that Mike A’s is a high ticket eatery. Surely, it’s not cheap, but what I saw of the menu was very reasonably priced, certainly for a top- rate, fine dining experience.
Beverages: We had a bottle of Omme Gang Harvest Ale and a bottle of Paolo Conterno 2012 Barbera d’Alba ($40). They have a modest but quality beer list, and a well rounded wine list that isn’t inexpensive, but there are reasonable options.
Mike A’s is also offering lunch Wednesday through Friday, 11:30-2:30. Price fix including soup, beverage and one item for $12.95. Sure would be nice if they added a weekend lunch.
They have a great looking Tasting Menu .
391 Washington St Buffalo, NY 14203
Mon-Sat 4 pm – 11 pm, Wed-Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
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