I had really, extraordinarily high expectations for Mike A's, given the chef's track record. I came once for dinner and once for lunch, and will likely not be returning. Why? I echo the sentiments about poorly-trained staff.
During dinner service the companion and I ordered the Tomahawk steak for two (which I don't believe is on the menu any longer). Our server advised us that we could either slice it ourselves, or he could slice it tableside as it would come to the table in a huge slab. We asked him to do the slicing and were surprised when he grabbed one of our measly steak knives and starting hacking and sawing into this brontosaurus size piece of meat. I felt sorry for him, it really appeared he was struggling and by the time it was put on our plate it resembled roadkill more than something an upscale steakhouse would produce. All in all the meal tasted fine (we also got the French onion croquette and the marrow bones) but most of the menu items at Mike A's are just too rich/indulgent for me. It's almost over the top--maybe this is why this place is so hyped. It's not so much innovative as it is just excessive.
Lunch yielded similar results. I requested a salad to pair with my lobster roll instead of the house made chips and offered to pay the difference. I was told that there was no salad, it was fries or chips only, but there was clearly a salad on the lunch menu. I couldn't understand why a server would deny a paying customer a reasonable request. The only thing I can think of is that he was not trained to deal with the situation. Also, my lobster roll was comprised of *some* lobster, mostly roll, and a ludicrous amount of mayonnaise with a side of, you guessed it, more mayonnaise, for the chips I didn't want. Sigh.
For these prices, I expect way, way, WAY more. Sorry.
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