A restaurant week lunch at Michael Smith
Michael Smith is serving two courses for its prix fix menu ($15) during restaurant week. The regular lunch menu is still available, although most of the business crowd in a half-filled dining room opted for the prix fixe — which is composed of standard menu items at a slight discount.
For the first course, you have your choice of a market green salad, soup of the day (on Tuesday, it was cream of mushroom), or Soft Spanish Tacos (braised chicken, avocado, manchego cheese, and Spanish olive-red pepper salsa).
When I sat down for lunch yesterday, I chose to begin with the Spanish tacos. Served on a wooden skewer, the three notecard-sized tacos were made with braised chicken, avocado, manchego cheese, soft-cooked onions, red pepper salsa and a finish of cilantro on top.
This is an extremely refined street taco, hot and filling. I wanted to lick the juices off my fingers — and might have, if I wouldn’t have been in a restaurant with white linens.