Amongst the many jewels that this great city has to offer, you will find a little taste of France at the Brasserie Française style restaurant named Alexandre, conveniently located in the downtown area. Welcomed into the restaurant by the owner himself, Alain Creton, you are treated like royalty. At age 19 Mr. Creton followed his life’s passion and became a chef. He established Alexandre 27 years ago, in 1967, allowing his dream to become a reality and now serves one of the best French cuisines this city has to offer.
The décor allows the ambiance of the restaurant to shift to whatever mood the client feels. The main floor is divided into both a terrace style environment, where one may enjoy a filet mignon hamburger and one of the 12 selections of beers the pub has to offer, as well as an elegant gentlemen’s club style dining area. The beige leather benches, the adorning vines, the napkins as wide as the tables, the wooden pepper mills, and the paintings depicting 15th century France re-enforce that Paris feel, and allow you and your companion to travel to a different part of the world.
Once seated we are greeted by Augosto, a waiter who has been with Alexandre since its existence; he places the napkins gently on our laps and suggests we begin our meal with a wine that will prepare our taste buds for little bits of heaven. He fills our glasses with a rosé Cadenette, 2002, from Nevis, and offers tuna tartar while we browse the menu selections. As suggested by our now trusted Augosto, I order the fresh salmon, while my companion orders avocado filled with crabmeat, the rosé wine complimenting the seafood fabulously.
While Alexandre’s selection of wine is very impressive, it is renowned for the 30 different brands of Scotch from all around the world it has to offer, as well as the 12 different brands of beer. An excellent selection of cocktails and coffees are also offered.
The Bar de Chili one of the most highly recommended dishes is served next. The grilled sea bass is light and served on a bed of steamed spinach covered in a cream sauce. My companion ordered the jumbo shrimp served on angel hair pasta.
For dessert I choose chocolat fondant, the melted chocolate cake is garlanded with a variety of fruit to accolade the taste of the dark rich chocolate, whereas, my companion choose a raspberry sorbet. Both choices were accompanied by a rich, foamy cappuccino and were a magnificent way to end the meal.
Alexandre welcomes its clients 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. with an open kitchen until 2:30 a.m. The elegant restaurant also offers a pub on the second floor complete with a cigar lounge.
If you feel a little taste of France is exactly what you need, the enchanting Alexandre awaits you.