Quinoa – Braised Fennel, Beets, Golden Raisins, Walnuts
Meats & Cheeses – Manchego, Brie, Prosciutto, Soppressata, Salami, Truffle Honey, Blueberry Compote, Grilled Feta Bread
White Bean Hummus – Pita, Roasted Garlic, Fresh Lemon, Olive Oil, Feta Meringue
Marcona Almonds – Rosemary, Sea Salt
Mediterranean Olives – Citrus, Fresh Thyme
Whipped Ricotta – Rustic Bread, Honey, Spicy Oil, Fresh Herbs
Heirloom Tomato Salad – Smoked Blue Cheese, Red Onion, Mango Vinaigrette (no Avocado by request)
Baked Spinach Dip – Artichoke Hearts, Creamy Cheese, Roasted Garlic, Tortilla Chips
Caesar – Herb Crouton, Parmesan (no Prosciutto by request)
Queso Fundido – Monterey Jack, Chorizo, Pico de Gallo, Tomato Bread
Creamy Burrata – Twisted Brioche, Basil Pesto, Crispy Garlic
Spanish Mac and Cheese – Manchego, Cheddar, Roasted Red Pepper, Bread Crumbs
Argentinean Kabobs – Prime Filet, Chimichurri, Fried Potatoes, Ketchup
Braised Octopus – Cannellini Beans, Fresh Herbs, Torn Bread
Risotto – Parmesan, Parsley, Mascarpone
Lamb Meatballs – Marinara, Pine Nuts, Ricotta Salata
Prime Beef Sliders – Peppered Bacon, Smoked Gouda, Garlic Aioli, Pickles
Kurobuta Pork Sliders – Spicy Aioli, Asian Slaw, Green Onions, Steamed Bun, Pickles
Blueberry Corn Cobbler – Blueberries, Corn Cookie Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream
Amaretti Cookies – Marcona Almonds, Rosemary, Olive Oil Ice Cream
Carrot Cake – Cinnamon, Cream Cheese Frosting
Peanut Butter Blondie – Chocolate Chip Cookie, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Sauce
Coffee Cake – Hazelnut Butter, Cinnamon Vanilla Glaze
Rapidly approaching 24-months as a separate entity from HeXX, new furniture and a reformatted menu attempting to place more distance between adjoined spaces, Friday evening found Alexxa’s Bar at Paris Hotel & Casino fairly quiet from 6:00pm until approximately 8:30pm while seven diners enjoyed twenty-three shared plates ranging $4.95 to $14.50.
Chosen for a casual celebration, one local and out-of-towners including two vegetarians comprising the group seated at an oval table, it was after check-in at the podium that everyone was situated, a few Drinks in hand joined by addictive Almonds and whole Olives lightly kissed by Citrus.
Nothing more than a memory of the candy store which once inhabited the space, a DJ beginning to set up at nine o’clock soon to replace overhead iHeartRadio, additional dishes from round one included Charcuterie accompanied by reduced Blueberries and top-shelf Honey, while a Quinoa Salad and pureed White Beans from the HeXX menu were equally enjoyable to vegetarians and omnivores.
Best described as global small plates, entrees removed in favor of items like whipped Ricotta Cheese served with far too little Bread and fresh Salads, it was mostly using Tortilla Chips from HeXX’s Baked Spinach Dip that Queso Fundido was consumed, the kitchen’s expectation apparently either that each slice of Bread be spread two-inches thick or that guests will enjoy eating spoonfuls of coagulating Meat and Cheese.
Also missing the mark with $10.50 Burrata, the Bread again an issue as “Twisted Brioche” was only edible on the outside edge surrounding its over-worked center, suffice it to say that Mac n’ Cheese deemed “Spanish” was only that in name while Argentinean Kabobs were far better from the grilled Meat to spicy fried Potatoes.
Surprised to see Octopus on the menu, let alone a sizable portion with nicely cooked Beans for just $12.50, a better alternative to the Alexxa’s Macaroni is HeXX’s thick and creamy Risotto which goes nicely with Meatballs made from Lamb and spices that reminisce of Turkish cuisine.
Rounding out savories with Sliders, Pork Belly on Bao comparing favorably with Momofuku’s but inexplicably more expensive, it was after enjoying Beef, Bacon and Gouda that Dessert arrived, Chef Miranda Prince’s Blueberry Corn Cobbler from next door still one 2019’s most memorable bites while Carrot Cake served with a candle in celebration of one diner’s Birthday was exactly as it should be with a moist and aromatic Sponge topped by tangy Cream Cheese Frosting.
At this point seeing most diners over-sated, but not too full to taste Olive Oil Ice Cream that eats light as Cool Whip, those seeking something “not too sweet” should not miss the Amaretti Cookies while Coffee Cake and Alexxa’s Peanut Butter Blondie are far more indulgent, the former in particular as a result of the lightly-salted Hazelnut Butter.
THREE AND A HALF STARS: As ownership continues to struggle with separating Alexxa’s Bar from HeXX this most recent attempt feels like a step backward, the menu seemingly designed by an international committee only barely held together at times by Chefs Buscaglia and Prince while prices range from generous to gouging with no obvious pattern.
RECOMMENDED: Marcona Almonds, Quinoa, Argentinean Kabobs, Braised Octopus, Prime Beef Sliders, Amaretti Cookies, Carrot Cake, Coffee Cake. Risotto and Blueberry Corn Cobbler from the HeXX menu, as well.
AVOID: Queso Fundido is a big fall off from June’s version, and still with far too little Bread. Same with the Ricotta. No one wants tablespoons of Cheese. Others had strong opinions regarding the Meatballs and Macaroni being ruined by overcomplicating things, and those complaints are valid. “Twisted Brioche” beneath the Creamy Burrata needs to be re-thought, or at least baked more carefully.
TIP: Open daily from 9:00am to 6:00am. Items featured start at 4:00pm as Alexxa acts as HeXX overflow until then.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.