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Chez Alexander-Burlingame- Worth Trying

Randy | Aug 30, 200512:18 PM

Went to Chez Alexander in Burlingame on Friday for the first time. This is a Country European restaurant on Broadway across from the Wells Fargo Bank.

The meal was excellent. We had.

Escargots Traditional- These were in the traditional wine, garlic, and butter sauce. The escargot were not overly chewy and the sauce was good, not great. It was of course all sopped up with the french read.

Cream of Mushroom soup. This was very delicate and creamy. I usually am not a fan of mushroom soup as it tends to be too salthy but this was excellent. It was good enough that I'll venture out of my normal picks next time to try their soup.

Salad Verte- Crisp butter lettuce, bacon, mushrooms in a very nice house dressing.

Tournedos of Beef Rossini- Two properly done tournedos, seared on the outside, and perfectly done medium rare throughout, red and tender. The sauce was a brandy cream sause that was good, although a bit more creamy than I like but thats why it was country europeon. This was accompanied by garden tender vegatables and one of the better scoops of scalloped potatoes that I have had.

Canard Maison. An amazing duck in a apricot sauce. This was the best duck that I or my wife have ever had. It was cooked perfectly with a nice crisp skin, but the meat was extremely moist and came off very easily just using a fork. Not sure how they cook it but they have the trick. The apricot sauce was just weet enough to complement the duck. Side vegatables were tender.

We had a bottle of Woodside Vineyard Pinot Noir which was a bit pricey ($45) but excellent. They tend to highlight a couple of lesser known vineyards on their wine list ad I chose to try this one rather than go with my standby a Rex Hill. The Woodside was better and I'm trying to find it.

Total cost with tip was about $125, which considereing the wine was good value.

This place is fairly small and appears to be busy so I would suggest reservations. We dropped in about 6:30 without reservations on a Friday night but the place filled up fairly quickly.

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