Interesting there has been no discussion on this new and VERY expensive restaurant in Palo Alto.. The chef is from Providence in LA.
Blog post with pics:
The Sea by Alexanders Steakhouse is a new seafood oriented restaurant in Palo Alto by the folks behind Alexanders. They focus on the freshest, wild, and sustainably harvested products. This restaurant is a nice addition to the South Bay scene. There really aren’t many places of this caliber down here.
The Sea by Alexanders Steakhouse Food Picks:
Peary Nice ($14) – Reyka Vodka, Pur williams pear, lemon asian pear, cherry bitters – They definitely know cocktails!
Mutsu Mutsu ($14) – lecompte calvados, laird’s bonded apple, combier, five spice simple, cinnamon sugar – Nice zesty drink.
Mojito ($12) – tall, strong, and balanced.
Amuse Bouche of Sliced Octopus
1 dozen Oysters $35 – Kushis were fabulous.
Four types of homemade bread. Very good quality and variety.
Hamachi shots ($12) – truffle ponzu, avocado, ginger, jalapeño were not as good as Alexander’s, but still passable.
Lobster Risotto ($22) tarragon, lemon, parmesan, lobster jus was a standout appetizer. Rich, flavorful, very al dente, wish there was more.
Seared Big Eye Tuna (WILD HAWAII) ($39) cranberry beans, shellfish, smoked paprika, tomato, arugula looked like a mess but showed off the cooks prowess.
Maple Leaf Farms Muscovy Duck ($38) bacon, cabbage, green peppercorn duck jus cooked to our medium rare, was technically executed. Sides made for sweet/savory action.
Cab Prime New York Steak ($58) polenta, tomato compote, parmesan was the only ‘reasonably’ priced steak on the menu. Awesome rich flavors, a must order. They should add more cuts.
Truffle Fries ($10) parmesan, truffle aioli are a must order. Thin and decadent.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Seared Mero (WILD HAWAII) – Sea bass – ($40) sweet potato, sautéed brocollini, cipollini onions, port wine was too meaty and overwhelming.
Butter Poached Lobster (WILD MAINE) ($62) – kabocha squash, heirloom beets, spinach, horseradish – Flavors were good but the tail part was a bit overcooked and raggedy.
The Sea by Alexanders Steakhouse failed to live up to our expectations. Prices are extremely high, leaving not much wiggle room for error. Most of the food was very good, but we expect Michelin star quality food at this price. We’ve eaten superior fish dishes at Boulevard, Chapeau!, among others recently.