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The meal was nice. Unlike another recent adventure (see here), the service was expertly provided by our waitress, sporting a ski goggle tan. The food was good. We shared a paté plate and I had the double pork chop for the main course. It was a pleasant evening. But here's the big question: was it worth the price?
I don't mean this as a knock against Michael's in particular. The prices are printed on the menu. No one is being duped. Mine is more a question of whether fine dining in general is worth the cost. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal but was it truly several times better than a kimchi taco at Mad Taco (see here). My pork was good but I don't salivate thinking about it the way I do those kimchi tacos. The visceral reaction is certainly reflective of something.
There is one course, though, where fine dining nearly always comes through: dessert! I had the Cordillera Fair Trade Chocolate Truffle Torte with Mint Julep Sorbet and Preserved Raspberry Sauce. The sorbet alone was one of the most amazing things I've ever tasted.
With fine dining, you're paying for an overall experience. The food is the vital component but the quality of service and the general atmosphere are important, too. I have had meals in my life when I walked away feeling light-headed and tingly - a different sort of visceral response, I suppose. Michael's on the Hill didn't quite attain that standard for me, but it was good.