Since I've reviewed Alexanders about a thousand times, I'm skipping all the details not related to the dishes we actually had that night. This review is also less detailed in general, as I wasn't really taking notes, and was just enjoying a casual evening. Service was fantastic, the staff friendly as always, particularly the bartender who we chatted with while dining at the bar, and the chef who gave Emil some tips on making his own torchon!
|Amuse bouche: Gougère.|
|Intermezzo: Blackberry gelee, kumquat pearls.|
|Tai Sashimi: Japanesse snapper, cucumber, violet, agretti, black bean dashi, red onion. $17.|
The tai was served as 4 generous cuts, skin on. It had a good firm texture, but wasn't very flavorful. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't particularly good. I had tai sashimi the next night at Atelier Crenn as well, and was similarly disappointed by it. I haven't had a lot of raw tai, so I don't have many comparison points, perhaps this is just a fairly mild boring fish in general?
The dish included some lightly cooked edamame, that were a really nice texture, and added to the Japanesse feel of the dish. There were also some thin slices of red onion that complimented the fish well, along with agretti and some other herbs that I couldn't identify. The cucumbers were very thin slices from the entire cucumber, rolled up. They were fresh and flavorful. The dashi broth was very light and didn't have as much flavor as I'd like. I'm not quite sure where the violet was, perhaps in the crispy things on top?
The entire dish was light and refreshing, which is what I was going for, but somehow didn't quite come together for me. I wanted more intense flavors. There was a tiny slice of jalapeno (?) that really completed the dish for me. The bite I had that contained the kick from the pepper was really quite good, but unfortunately, I only had one such bite. My other bites just didn't have a whole lot of flavor pop. I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't order again.
|10 ounce grilled filet mignon ($47) topped with seared foie gras ($22).|
|Brand new dessert, I didn't get the name of it. $12.|
The main component was a lemon poppyseed cake. It was served in a large chunk, several medium sized chunks, and some small cubes. It had a great lemon flavor, a nice crunch from the poppyseeds within, and was quite moist. I'm not really a fan of this style of cake in general however, and I'm particularly just really sick of lemon, so I didn't love it. But, if you like this sort of thing, this was really well done.
The cake was accompanied by some lemon ice cream. It was creamy, very strongly lemon flavored, and fairly sweet, but balanced by tartness from the lemon. Again, I'm pretty sick of lemon so I wasn't into this, but surprisingly, Emil was, due to the tartness.
The rest of the plate was a bunch of components I love: Tiny little violet meringues! Violet cream! Candied crushed violet petals! The tiny purple meringues were adorable. There was also hard style meringue that was crisp and way, way too sweet, even for me. Perhaps it would have gone well with the tartness of the lemon, but it seemed like sugar overload. The cream had a very subtle violet flavor. I absolutely loved the crunch and taste of the candied violet.
I wouldn't order this one again, but entirely because it is just things I don't generally care for, as everything in the dish was well done, and lemon and violet are a lovely combination.
|Bowl of rice pudding.|
Not pictured was our cherry cotton candy (really, really intense awesome cherry flavor!) and our mignardises (one of the violet meringues, a black sesame macaron, and a tiny cake).