I've always liked it, but haven;t been in a year. Last Saturday, my husband and I decided to use our Entertainment Coupon and give it a visit. The menu is a little different. There is now a better representation of Fatima's Portuguese cooking on top of the already fabulous greek dishes. We were blown away!
We started with the selection of all the cold appetizers, called "pikilia". We got hummous, melitzanosalata (baba ganooj), taramasolata, htipidi (feta dip), fire roasted peppers, dolmas, tabouli, feta cheese, tzatziki, olives, peppercini. I have to say, I wished for bigger protions of each. There were a lot of items, but very small amounts of each. It was all so tasty, I wanted more! The dips at Alexis are far creamier than any other place I've been. $12.99
We followed with a split bowl of Caldo Verde-Portuguese kale soup. It was a thick soup with kale and potatoes. It made up for the small appetixer portions. Very warm and filling, perfect with a spalsh of olive oil and bread to dip. I could eat that on a cold wet day with a baguette for dinner and be perfectly content. $5.95 for a split bowl.
He got the Lisbon style calamari, "Baked in a crock with fresh tomato, pine nuts, herbs and cooked in a light wine sauce". It came with deliciously cooked veggies-carrots and squash and zucchini braised in a tomato sauce-and choice of rice or potatoes. It had a great sea tasting stock, and the calamari was tender and delicious-no rubber band experience at all! Another great thing to dip bread in. $18.95
I ordered the Coelho Estufado, rabbit, something newish to the menu. "Braised rabbit in light fresh herbs, red wine sauce" Out came a HUUUGE dish with half a bunny! The plate also had more of the delicious veggies and I opted for potatoes. That rabbit was fall off the bone tender and really delicious. Good rabbit is hard to find in squeamish america. I'm glad I now have a place to go! I was in heaven. It was so much, I was perfectly happy to surrender my plate to my husband. He couldn't finish it either! $19.95
We went home for dessert, but were really too stuffed! We brought a bottle of Portuguese wine. Corkage is $15.00.
We also paid $1.95 for some of the chicago style pita, but the baguette bread was complimentary, and the waiter kept the basket full.
Alltogether, tax and tip, we were out for $70 something.