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Cuisine: French Riviera

Review by Sarah Lee Marks

The first indication Alex is not your typical gourmet restaurant came when traversing the glass and marble walkway across the clear Koi pond. Once inside the foyer, a tiny bar serves waiting guests. The dark Mahogany wood décor commanded my eye to follow the intricate designs traveling up the walls to the lattice pattern carved into the ceiling. The sunken dining room is trimmed in luscious, jewel tone draperies gracefully framing the windows and french doors that lead to a patio setting encompassed in trees and garden foliage. An atmosphere of understated elegance is earmarked by the artful positioning of each table to insure an interesting view while maintaining conversational privacy. The three of us greatfully sunk into the oversized high-backed chairs around a table overlooking the patio garden. To our surprise, our overstuffed handbags were privy to the matching stools accompaning each chair, and designed for such a purpose.

The Prix Fixe menu includes appetizer, entrée and dessert; which must be ordered ahead of time to insure adequate preparation. Our waiter went to great lengths to explain in detail, the process and nuances of each dish, leaving my tablemates and I to ponder and peruse the titles of the dishes and the voluminous wine selection. A tray of tiny treats including Foie Gras with Truffle mousse, Prosciuto-wrapped bread sticks and Salmon-topped pastry puffs arrived just in time to ward-off the exhaustion of deciding our selections.

To start I choose the Ahi and Yellowtail Napoleon with Lotus crisps, Cucumber and Caviar, followed by Crisp Atlantic Bass with Artichokes, Chanterelles and Shellfish Crouton.

The Sea Bass was pan roasted and sautéed with the skin on, delivering a crisp texture to balance the tender meatiness of the fish. My friends dined on Tuscan style Pork with stewed Tomatoes, Mascarpone and Polenta and Daurade Royale 'Provencal', Chick Pea Fritters and Lobster-Bell Pepper Jus.

Our wine sommelier offered the perfect Sauvignon Blanc, featuring a bouquet of fruit and light floral notes that melded my desire for something sweet and with my dinner companions' spicy pork and preference for slightly dry. For our dessert finale we chose Sinful Chocolate, a chocolate cake filled with warm Orange Caramel and Coco Orange twill and Chocolate and Gianduja Caramel with Expresso Gelato and Hazelnut Toffee. It was death by chocolate, need I say more?

Every course arrived on unusual serving pieces bearing the ALEX motif. We were overwhelmed with a feeling of decadence derived not only from the food, its' taste and artful presentation, but from the attention to detail displayed in the performance of the staff as they moved silently around the room, looking more like grey suited secret service agents than expeditors. Our entire meal including the wine was a tad under $100.00 p.p.

Many of us have waited over a year to enjoy the fruits of Chef Alex Strata's culinary talents, and I can honestly say you won't be disappointed with a trip to Alex at Wynn Las Vegas.

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