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Dinner at Alex Last Night - long

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Dinner at Alex Last Night - long

Clare K. | Apr 22, 2004 01:28 PM

Hello...

Though I'm sure many have already posted about Alex, it was my first time so here goes nothin!

We arrived to an empty restaurant at 7:30 p.m. last night (though there was a private party going on in a different room, there was no one in the entire restaurant). The decor consisted of a lot of dark woods and soft lighting - very nice. Only thing I didn't like about it was the way that nearly all the chairs we sat in rocked (is the floor on a slant, or is it the chair? We could not figure it out), and the noise caused by the chair being moved against the cold, stone floor is deafening. As more people arrived, we were distrupted by the "carrrrrrrrrrrracccccck" type noise over and over again throughout the evening. Clearly style over function with that one.

But I digress; on to the food. We decided on one tasting menu and one entree to share. First, the waiter brought out a tiny piece of crostini (the size of my thumb, I'd say), which was topped with a small bit of blue cheese and one cherry tomato with some sort of herb sauce as a "complimentary" appetizer from the chef. We split it..so in spite of the delicate, wonderful flavor, it took half a bite to devour it :) Next was the porcini "cappucino" - it looks just like a cappucino but is a forthy, creamy mushroom soup with bits of crispy, dried mushrooms in it. It was again, tiny, but divine. After that we received the sauteed foie gras with carmelized apples on crostini - the star of the night, no doubt. Perfectly seasoned, it just melted in your mouth and the portion size was just right.

For our entrees, we had the filet mignon (that was part of the tasting menu) which came with pearl onions and sweet peas, and the main lobster, "three ways." The steak was good, but the accompanying truffles (huge, soft, soaked-in-sauce truffles!) were absolutely amazing. The three lobster dishes (one dumpling - so-so, I didn't care for the plum sauce that went with it, too overpowering), grilled lobster (great) and lobster meat in a mild, seafood sauce (another winner) was a good pairing with the steak.

Dessert was a dark chocolate souffle with a cool vanilla sauce. It was warm, gooey on the inside, crisp on the outside and the perfect ending to the meal.

I have to say that, while I enjoyed the food and thought it was quite innovative, the pricetag is just too pricey. For one tasting menu and one entree, plus 2 glasses of wine each, the total was $195.00 - not including tip. I've had more and equally delicious food at AOC (plus more wine) for $150 for 2 people, including the tip, same thing at Grace, which is as good as Alex. I did the math, and even had we just ordered one appetizer each, and one entree each (with the same wines), it would have come pretty close to the $195.

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