Alexander's in Cupertino
We finally got here for a big celebration tonight. I don't eat at many steakhouses, but the dry-aged T-bone was definitely one of the best steaks I've ever had. It was served with grilled lemon and three salts on the side - the grilled lemon didn't work so well, but the salts were excellent accompaniments. The porterhouse and in-bone New York strip, both also dry-aged, earned similar raves at the table. There was plenty to take home for leftovers.
Our starters were great - an oshitashi Japanese pressed spinach salad with octopus and tuna, and the chilled melon soup. The mashed potatoes and cippolini onion side dishes were excellent. The mixed mushroom side dish was a bit below that, the only slight disappointment of the evening. The chocolate cow dessert made a lovely conclusion, followed by that nice cotton candy.
I'm a fan of Jordan Cabernets, so having a choice of vintages back to 2000 was heavenly. The 2000 Jordan went supremely well with the steak. We started with some Billecart-Salmon non-vintage Brut Reserve that was delightful. Both of these were also reasonably priced, but if you want to spend $4000 on Screaming Eagle you can do that too.
It's very expensive, but worth it for the top-notch quality of food and service. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a high-end steakhouse with a lot of individual Bay Area personality.
10330 N. Wolfe Road, Cupertino, CA 95014
We went last night -- an easy drive despite our nervousness re. the NCAA madness at HP. Short and sweet: the prime rib (small-14oz) was at least 1-1/2" thick, medium rare as ordered. I had the 4 you - beef tartare (I like it a little more chilled); short ribs (fabulous), prime rib (sliced thin, but tender, tasty and med rare) and what they called a filet (but not as squishy/mushy). It was all great. But any veg/carb matter you have to order on your own. The truffled fries were great as was the asparagus/bernaise sauce. Strawberry cotton candy was a nice touch since we were waaaay too full to consider dessert.
Nice place, excellent service. Not for the faint of wallet. Celeb sighting: Bill Walsh -- but we were too cool to approach him, although he graciously responded to "fans".who did.
Recently went there and had the Japanese Kobe steak - it was divine. I'm sure part of it was mental since you have to justify the $200 for 5 oz. medallions price tag, but I still think it was fantastic! We also had the rib eye, which was a good size - we had to leave it half of it in a doggie bag. Desserts were great - we had the inside out root beer float and a blueberry caviar dish. And yes, the cotton candy was a delightful surprise! I'd go back again....with an expense account.
haven't been yet, but doesn't this place give out Free Cotton Candy at the end of the meal?
edit: this place is $$$$ so bring your credit card.
things i might consider getting if I was going:
soup, sea of cortez scallops, crab, hamachi shots, filet mignon, cow & crustacean, 28-day dry aged NY; all 4 love, mac & cheese, sauteed chanterelle mushrooms, crimini mushrooms, haricot verts w/ bacon, mashed potatoes, steak fries.
I've been to Alexander's several times. Always prompt with reservations - never have to wait.
Wine list is great. Salads --- I'm not a fan of their ceasar.
I've ordered their Kobe Burger... amazing. Best burger I've ever had in my life (and the price tag is pretty hefty, but worth the experience at least once).
I've also ordered their beef quad and couldn't finish it. I thought all 4 items were good, and took the left overs home for lunch the next day.
The steaks of course are always perfect. Sides --- Mac and cheese, rice, mushrooms, mashed potatoes, all were good. They are generous portions so you can share.
Service and atmosphere are nice too, but sometimes can get noisy.
It's good, especially for the 650/480. Portions are HUGE! I had a beef quad that was excellent -- kobe beef, short ribs, prime rib and something else I can't remember. Decor is a little interesting since it used to be an El Torito, but they've done a good job to disguise that.