Ol’ Fashioned Cola
Chill is in the Air Sangria – Chardonnay, Blood Orange, Seasonal Citrus
Cinnaroll Waffle – Cream Cheese Frosting, Cinnamon, Sugar
Carrot Cake Pancakes – Spiced Batter, Carrot, Walnuts, Cream Cheese Frosting, Syrup
Rolled Beef Tacos – Shredded Short Rib, Smoked Cheddar, Fire Roasted Salsa
Fried Chicken Sliders – Pickles, Spicy Aioli, Steamed Buns, Asian Slaw, Green Onions
Ahi Tuna Tacos – Spicy Ponzu, Toasted Sesame, Red Onion, Cilantro, Avocado
Chorizo Meatballs – Pickled Red Onions, Yogurt, Cilantro, Cotija
Baked Cheese – Brie, Gruyere, Spiced Fig Jam, Rustic Bread
Butternut Squash Flatbread – Spiced Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, Pine Nuts, Crispy Sage
Whipped Feta – Za’atar Spiced Pita, Honey, Fresh Herbs
Chicken Sausage Flatbread – Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, Fresh Herbs
Falafel – Yogurt Lebneh, Harissa, Spicy Greens
Chocolate Brulee – Hexx Chocolate, Blood Orange, Olive Oil Cake
Mango Spring Rolls – Sticky Rice, Coconut Cream, Toasted Sesame
Churro Bites – Whiskey Caramel, Hexx Chocolate
Trio of Pie Pops – Pecan Pie, Apple Pie, Lemon Meringue
Butterscotch Pot de Crème – Salty-Sweet Brioche Muffins
Chocolate Cannoli – Hexx Chocolate, Mascarpone, Toasted Pistachios
When HeXx boarded up the retail shop at the end of 2017 it finally shed any semblance to its Sugar Factory roots and with friends in town staying at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino it seemed a perfect opportunity to check out Alexxa’s Bar, the food from Matt Silverman, Matt Piekarski and Carlos Buscaglia just as interesting and varied as HeXx’s while Pastry Chef Miranda Prince’s new Desserts are another welcome addition.
Officially opened on New Year’s Eve as a Bar and spill-over for HeXx during busy Brunch hours, the space virtually unrecognizable from its previous incarnation with a lengthy bar lined in housemade Sangrias to one side and a DJ booth to the other, it was minutes prior to 11am reservations that guests were seated at an oval table in the center of the room, music thumping overhead and the vibe a bit more ‘buzzy’ than next door despite a much lower volume of diners.
Seeing several familiar faces plus a few new ones over the course of a two-hour Brunch, items from the HeXx menu available inside Alexxa’s Bar but not vice versa, it was while chatting that Drinks were ordered including Coffee , two batched Sangrias and housemade Cola bright with Cardamom, the later probably not ideal for a ten year old and something the server probably should have made known, though her ability to gauge the needs of a table in terms of refills and share plates also appeared compromised throughout most of the meal.
Differentiating Alexxa’s Bar from HeXx by dubbing the former a share-plates or Tapas venue, the cuisine and atmosphere well-suited as a spot to grab a Drink before dining at HeXx or for light bites before a club or show, it was taking advantage of the cross-over menu that Brunch began with two favorites from HeXx before a baker’s dozen of Alexxa’s plates, the Cinnaroll Waffle and Carrot Cake Pancakes every bit as good as in the past but probably best saved until the end of the meal for most to avoid filling up.
Ordering in rounds to best gauge hunger and portion sizes, the plates ranging $8-$15 depending more on ingredient quality than quantity, first bites of Alexxa’s food were comprised of four Taquitos stuffed with Short Rib and Cheese plus a side of smoky Salsa alongside $7/ea Ahi Tuna Tacos and fried Chicken Bao, the latter an early highlight thanks to vibrant Slaw and Bird rich with spices while the Tuna seems a little overpriced and not particularly memorable save for, perhaps, the Taro Shell.
Dividing the menu into five sections, Warm, Cold, Dips, Flatbreads and Desserts, it was for round two that both portions and presentation grew to better match qualities exhibited by the kitchen at HeXx, Chef Buscaglia’s quartet of spicy Pork Meatballs tender and juicy atop cooling Yogurt while the Baked Cheese and Whipped Feta each embodied a different end of Dips, the former carefully sweetened and rich with thick Toast to match while the Goat Cheese was light and aromatic with soft Pita that makes it well-suited for smaller appetites.
Going one more round before an all-in approach to Dessert it was alongside two Flatbreads that Falafel a bit smaller than most were presented, the disproportionate surface area making them a bit too crunchy to be fully appreciated while deciding between Squash or Chicken Sausage Flatbread is largely a matter of personal preference, though a crisp Puff Pastry Crust and elegant balance of sweet and savory on both puts one of each into consideration at the expense of items from the menu’s other segments.
Turning the afternoon over to Chef Prince at this point, Alexxa’s Desserts priced similar to those at HeXx though at times a bit smaller, it was with a new Crème Brulee from next door that things got started, the intensely dark Chocolate playing well off Citrus segments and Cake slices while HeXx’s Chocolate was also featured as a dip next to feather-light Churros that fared equally well in Whisky Caramel.
Working slowly at this point as volume grew louder, both HeXx and Alexxa nearly filled to capacity by 12:30pm, it was with a bit of disappointment that $3/ea “Pie Pops” were served as half-dome Mignardises resistant to sharing while Chocolate Cannolis proved far better at less cost, though if one were forced to select just one Dessert at Alexxa’s Bar the coin-toss should come down to Mango Spring Rolls or the Butterscotch Pot de Crème, both excellent with the former mild yet complex in terms of taste as well as texture while the Pudding one-ups others in town as a spread for toasted Broche Muffins.
FOUR STARS: Just launching the menu last week and still a work in progress as relates to service, the primary servers and bussers simply not communicating enough it seems, Alexxa’s Bar adds another dimension to the HeXx experience that should work well in its intended role, though one does wonder long-term how the spaces will come to be differentiated given the ability for menu cross-over plus a shared entrance.
RECOMMENDED: Chorizo Meatballs, Fried Chicken Sliders, Baked Cheese, Butternut Squash Flatbread, Chicken Sausage Flatbread, Churro Bites, Mango Spring Rolls, Butterscotch Pot de Crème.
AVOID: Ahi Tuna Tacos and the Trio of Pie Pops both seem overpriced and are difficult to share past two persons.
TIP: Open 24/7, just like HeXx, fans of live music may also want to check out Soul Sundays and Country Mondays beginning at 8pm.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.