Written by: Steve Stover
Date: January 31, 2014
While Alex’s Bistro looks about the same, the changes in the kitchen signal a significant upgrade, including some fresh new spins on classic French bistro fare, a style of cuisine that is sadly lacking in the Columbus Restaurant scene.We visited the new Alex’s Bistro on a Monday night, the first night of 614 Restaurant Week, and the place was buzzing and nearly full, a real bustling bistro atmosphere. The bistro is small, but feels cozy, with wood paneling, mirrors, and tile floors that reminded me of the old Pigall’s in Cincinnati.
Our group of four shared a 2001 Delas Cotes du Ventoux at the special $17 price. The bistro offers half-price wines on Sunday and Monday.
We all enjoyed the 614 Restaurant Week three course special $30, which featured smaller portions of items from the regular menu.
Our quartet shared the large portion of country pate with cornichons, olives, and cognac Dijon mustard, along with warm rolls.
For starters we enjoyed the outstanding escargot in a rich cream sauce with spinach, bacon, and tomato and a solid Caesar salad.
The most popular entree was the lobster risotto with a large portion of lobster, asparagus, peas, and shaved parmesan.
We also enjoyed the excellent six ounce beef filet, the best I have had in years, with cabernet demi-glace, blue cheese fingerling potatoes, and green beans.
For dessert, the flourless chocolate cake with berries and berry coulis was a hit, as was the chocolate & orange mousse.
The menu features six appetizers ($9 – 16), five soups and salads ($6 – 7), crepes ($15 – 18), and nine entrees ($17 – 36). The coffee-brown sugar rubbed 12 ounce Ohio ribeye with frites has gotten rave reviews from friends, and we hope to try it soon!
In all, the dinner was a wonderful surprise, well prepared food in ample portions at moderate prices. We also enjoyed excellent service from Ali, who has been at Alex’s for most of the last 25 years!
468 Reed Road (at Henderson), Upper Arlington