Donnie Burtless from BuffaloEats.org attended a recent press tasting of the menu at Mike A at Lafayette, Mike Andrzejewski's new luxury restaurant in the remodeled Lafayette Hotel. Burtless' report, with detailed color photography and Burtless' descriptions and thoughts, is here.
"I’ve had some pretty amazing meals in the 3 1/2 years that Buffalo Eats has existed, but the meal I had at Mike Andrzejewski’s new restaurant Mike A at the Hotel Lafayette was probably one of the best if not THE best I’ve ever had," wrote Burtless, Buffalo's leading food blogger. He goes on to explain in detail.
Ben Tsujimoto of Buffalo.com was there too, and offers his report here.
I was there too. I don't think you can offer a full-fledged standard review from a press tasting, a unique meal designed to allow a place to show its work in the best possible light. I expect to revisit the restaurant after it settles into its routine.
This much is clear: Mike A at the Lafayette was initially described as a steakhouse, but it's more than that. Its reinventions of classic American dishes like French onion soup, clam chowder and veal Oscar are a sophisticated stab at dinner as delicious art. Mike Andrzejewski and Chef Edward Forster have staked a claim to a place among Buffalo's finest restaurants.
- Andrew Z. Galarneau