Alexander’s Steakhouse (Pasadena, CA) [2]

Alexander’s Steakhouse
111 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
Dining date: 1/27/17

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I’ve been to Alexander’s Steakhouse in San Francisco and Pasadena a few times and have had a few good meals here. This latest visit was prompted by DineLA restaurant week, in which the restaurant was offering six courses for $115. One of those courses, the steak course, offered an option of an 18oz dry aged New York strip or 3oz of Kagoshima wagyu. This tasting menu provided quite a bit of value (compared to regular pricing) and an opportunity to try a little bit more of the menu here.

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fried polenta crouton parmesan

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hamachi shots dashi / avocado / ponzu

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dry aged tataki pickled garlic / charred onion ponzu / black garlic

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octopus calabrian chili / honeynut squash / ink crumble

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tartare of beef marrow cream / smoked carrot / bleu cheese

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beef chawanmushi marrow / negi / shaved beef

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little gem & romaine anchovy miso dressing / furikake / fennel / squid ink croutons

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chicken fried sweetbreads miso marrow caramel / caper wasabi powder / pickled buddhas hand

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kagoshima japanese a5 wagyu bordelaise

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milk chocolate namelaka pretzels / stout caramel/ malted barley ice cream

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mignardises

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The meal at Alexander’s was reliably good. The tataki and chawanmushi were probably the favorites from the first few courses. The tataki had plenty of Japanese accents with a vibrant charred onion ponzu. The chawanmushi was rich in savory flavor, contrasted by fresh green onion and tender slices of beef. The wagyu was a highlight, of course, with its luscious layers of fat dispersed among the muscle fibers. I savored every bite. While I usually love a big steak, it was kind of nice to have a smaller piece of meat to slowly enjoy. I’m not sure I would’ve been able to eat the 18 ounces NY strip with the rest of the 5 courses. I’ll be back, especially if they repeat this type of promotion.


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