I have been meaning to post my recent experience at Alex.
Overall an excellent experience but I did have a few issues.
My biggest issue, which may not be a problem for others, was that the server was too deferential. It was a bit too much for my personal dining taste.
The other issue I had was the fact that we were still looking over the wine list and had yet to order wine or dinner from the menu when the amuse bouche showed up. So here I am with a phone book sized wine list and the dinner menus on the table when the amuse bouche is placed in front of us. I had really hoped to get the ordering out of the way before receiving food. The fact that this plate of food came within a few minutes of being seated was a turn-off.
I wish I could give a better description of the amuse bouche offering but I was eating while looking at the wines, as well as figuring out what to eat.
We were debating between the Taste of Wynn menu or just going a la carte.
Maybe the fact that we inquired about the Taste of Wynn was cause for the rocky start. Don't get me wrong the service was very professional but not as personable as I like.
The Taste of Wynn was offering the a la carte dishes we were interested in having so we went that route.
We started with the gnocchi with chicken oysters - the gnocchi were phenomenal. Very light yet rich and creamy in texture. A great dish.
We followed with the Snake River Farms Waygu. Medallions of med. rare beef surrounded by a crisp well salted crust. The meat was buttery delicious.
The dessert was a warm chocolate tart which was very good but not mind blowing.
Overall a great experience. We had a quiet corner table and the service was solid and the food was excellent. The pacing of the meal was very good except for the amuse bouche.
I had rather high expectations for this meal and it came close to meeting them. If the service was a little less stiff and a little more personable. It the amuse bouche hadn't come to the table quite so quickly and we were allowed to order and settle in before it arrived it would have made it.
However, I really enjoyed the meal and wouldn't hesitate to go back.
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