Alex Restaurant at Wynn (Closed)
Just The Facts, Please.
Riviera Cuisine; Mediterranean, with a mix of classic French and Italian.
Tasting Menu $185, $295 with wine; Prix Fixe $125.
Jackets required for men. No casual attire.
Sample Menu Items
Wild Turbot with Stuffed Razor Clams, Shellfish Fricassee and Chateau Chalon Sauce
Wagyu beef with caramelized onion custard, black mission figs, arugula and red wine sauce
Roasted Veal Chop with Pickled Veal Tongue, Sweetbread Cannelloni and Black Mission Figs
Mavens Overview: Alex
The eponymous named Alex, for Chef Alessandro (Alex) Stratta, is one of only three Two Star Michelin rated restaurants in Las Vegas. (The other two being Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace and Picasso at Bellagio)
Stratta previously worked at Renoir at Mirage, and was mentored by both Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud, quite a pedigree, indeed.
Carolyn Bates from Gourmet Magazine (prior to folding-up shop) says:
"An exquisite jewel box. There are meals to eat before I sleep, but I'll be surprised if any surpass my experience at Alex"
So what are some of the wonderful dishes that make this restaurant worth $300 per person? How about:
- Appetizers like lobster quenelles with crayfish, black truffles and Romanesco
- Main course dishes like Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Sweet Corn Custard, Chanterelle Mushrooms and Coral Butter
- Japanese Wagyu Strip Lion with Pommes Dauphine, Wild Mushrooms and Sauce Bordelaise
- Desserts like Toasted Vanilla Custard with Maple Poached Peaches and Creme Fraiche Ice Creme
The internet buzz is strongly favorable, the main gripe is the price of the meal. Great food and great service in an opulent setting doesn't come cheap.
Internet Buzz: Alex
- This restaurant is quintessential "Wynn": Nothing & I mean, nothing is overlooked. Decor, service, ambiance... oh yeah, and the food is PRETTY FRICKIN' AWESOME TOO. This restaurant is the standard that all other fine dining establishments need to hold themselves to.
- Crispy king crab egg roll with avocado mousse and baby arugula: I thought this was a good combination with the sweetness of the crab and the avocado with the bitterness of the arugula.
- Wagyu shortribs, onion compote, and horseradish potatoes: my favorite part of the meal. Once I bit into the shortribs, it was like I had small orgasm in my mouth. The meat was tender and flavorful. The horseradish potato was also wonderful.
- The Rabbit and Veal were delicious. At this point of the evening, Alex came out and greeted every party individually. That was really cool to see the chef.
- The dishes here aren't just delicious - they're seductive, alluring, unique & unlike anything I've had elsewhere in Vegas. I get the impression that the dishes are the life's work of Chef Alessandro Stratta because the flavors do a dance on your tongue... and you just don't see this stuff anywhere else.
- The decor is elegant and cozy with abundant dark wood and warm colored fabrics as if you're dining in a mansion. The attention to detail is definitely something to see and experience.
- Even the palate cleansers are serious, such as apricot gelée topped with coconut granita ringed by passion fruit, or strawberry gelée with lemon-grass crème fraîche.
- Service is attentively correct but not overly formal.
- Overall experience was great but I would not want to visit again because the meal didn't justify the price. At $300 per person, I had Fuji water only.
- I absolutely cannot give a restaurant a good rating when I walk away feeling like I was just ripped off-- badly. And both people I was with completely agreed. The prices they charge here are totally outrageous.
- This place is straight up formal. I came in sportcoat and I felt under dressed.