Haute Dining SF: Alexander’s Steakhouse

Alexander’s Steakhouse takes a contemporary twist on a classic steakhouse. Originally opened in Cupertino, this restaurant has recently expanded to add a second location in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco.

Before delving into the meal itself, I want to take an opportunity to give accolades to the restaurant’s amazing service. Our waiter, Joshua, was personable, yet professional.  He was extremely knowledgeable of both the wine and food menus and provided excellent recommendations on both accounts. He went above and beyond to ensure our meal was perfection and he easily succeeded.

Upon recommendations from associates, we began our meal with the “The Original” Hamachi Shot. These 6 one bite shooters were fresh yet had a great serrano pepper kick. This dish is a must order. As a recent addition to the menu, the Ginger and Pear Risotto served with barbequed unagi, is the perfect selection for a cold San Francisco day. It was a comforting bowl I’d recommend for a lunch entree versus a dinner appetizer.

For entrees we tasted a little bit of land and sea with the Porterhouse and the Striped Bass. The Porterhouse was cooked to a perfect medium and the bass was a satisfying choice. For sides, we opted for the Cauliflower Macaroni Gratin, which is a healthier alternative to the classic mac ‘n cheese. We also ordered the Roasted Kabocha Squash which is served dripped with Blis Bourbon Barrel maple syrup. It is a very seasonally appropriate side and a great option for those who crave more than the classic steakhouse creamed spinach.

For dessert we were served a plate of petit fours, consisting of mini madelines, macaroons, and frosted cakes. Just when we thought we couldn’t possible eat more our waiter brought us a stick of watermelon flavored cotton candy. Naturally, we could not resist this unique treat.

For those looking for a special experience, Alexander’s Steakhouse is currently featuring a nine course tasting menu celebrating truffles. The menu consists of dishes concocted with both black and white truffles and is slated to end in January 2011. The truffle dinner is served nightly for $390 a person.

Alexander’s Steakhouse is the perfect choice for those seeking a twenty-first century steakhouse experience. They manage to modernize the concept with unique dishes without sacrificing the classic ambiance or steakhouse staples.

Alexander’s Steakhouse is located at 448 Brannan Street, San Francisco. For reservations, call 415.904.4100 or visit www.alexanderssteakhouse.com.