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Alex on Melrose

MC Chua | Feb 9, 2002 08:16 PM

Has anyone been here? I dined there last night and was surprised in a few ways. First, I sat down at 8pm, on a friday night and the place was almost empty. There were maybe 5 tables occupied, out of 20 or so (and there's a back room with more tables). The roof, is made of canvas, so it was very noisy. When a helicopter flew over, it sounded like a landing zone.
Now the food was quite good. We were warned repeatedly by our waiter that the dishes were smaller than normal and we might want to try the $58 4 course meal. We all declined. They also have an $85 chefs choice, and the server said it included 7 (even smaller) courses. All the appetizers cost $15, the side dishes $12 and the main, $29. There are a few that cost $5 more. For my starter, I had a tuna carpaccio; 5 slices of sashimi accompanied by a (yes single) potato chip which was topped by about 1/2 an oz of greens. My main course was veal medallions cooked medium rare. They were tender and tasty but the sauce that came with was almost sickly sweet. Luckily, it was presented on the side, but was dripped on by a server. The veal came with 2 french fries and some sort of vegetable (leeks?). In all, I was satisfied with my meal, but was a little shocked when the bill arrived. The other four in my party orderd a green salad to start (it wasn't on the menu). These simple (and small) salads cost $15 a piece. Am I crazy for thinking that a little high? Then, at the end of this $400 dinner for 5, one in my party asked for a plate of cookies (not on the menu). The waiter returned and said, that wasn't possible. Any comments out there on this place?
BTW, the 1999 Villa Arcena Syrah was excellent as were the breads served, especially the mini brioche.

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