I had a very enjoyable recent dining experience at Alex. We entered prior to our reservation in order to experience their delightful martinis. The restaurant wasn't yet very busy, and didn't in fact become very busy while we were there. But it was a Wednesday night, and we prefered that. The cozy bar area is open, and not very separated from the restaurant, which gave us the oppoturnity to enjoy its artwork and to look forward to our meal. The martinis were very nice, though my friend was a little bit disappointed that the apple martini wasn't as sweet as she's used to. I, however, prefer it that way.
For the meal, we opted for ice water, with no downward gaze from the waitress. Always a good sign. We explored the wine list, but my friend had been hoping for an Oregon Pinot Noir. Our waitress consulted the sommelier, who offered to serve us a by the glass wine, by the bottle. She did not tell us the price, but we were glad to discover at the end of the meal that it was indeed in the range we had been perusing with her. It was Oak Knoll, by the way. Nice.
Another server brought out the bread selection, which consisted of four different varieties. All four were delicious. The butter was appropriately soft.
We opted for the 4 course prix fixe, and each ordered something different so that we were able to taste 8 different dishes. Standouts: the skate wing (meaty and served with amazing little bacon pieces) the foie gras with jelly (ask for extra toast), the lobster 3 ways (poached, claw grilled in olive oil and a lobster ravioli). Disappointments: I wasn't as impressed by the tuna, as I thought the peppers were too strong and detracted from the taste. However, Our lemon grass creme brulee and triple chocolate desserts were amazing as well. And I had the best shot of espresso I've had in years, Peerless.
We also got the chance to meet Chef Alex, a very nice albeit shy gentleman.