After my trip to Rapscallion - I have been praising these guys left and right! Absolutely lovin' everything they do. I've been itching for a reason to hit up The Alex - their sister restaurant in Burlington and what better reason then for Taste of Burlington? So, on one of the last few days of TOB, Suzanna and I headed out for a quick lunch.
I ordered the Potato Rosti, Garlic Spinach, Poached Egg and Pecorino Cream to start. The rosti was a little overdone but no biggie, I absolutely love rosti, much like the dumping - I'll take it anyway I can get it. The egg was mighty sexy as well - poached to perfection!
Suzanna ordered the Baby Kale Caesar Salad with Pork Belly Garlic Roll. She absolutely loved this. The crust of the pastry dough was crispy and the meat inside looked tender. I didn't have a bite of this but there were no complaints from her!
We both ordered the Veal Schnitzel over bacon and Local Corn Risotto. The portion looked a little small for a "main" dish but the risotto was super rich it ended up being the perfect size. The dishes at The Alex are meant to be shared tapas style - so don't be alarmed if they're more on the mini side.
The veal was cooked perfectly - super crispy but the risotto eneded up being the star of the show. I loved the sweet niblets of corn and salty chunks of bacon - it went perfectly with the creamy, cheesy risotto. I could have easily just had a bowl of risotto and I would have been a happy camper! The risotto would have made a lovely dish during a miserable Ontario winter as well.
To finish the meal, we had the Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake with Raspberries. For someone who isn't too crazy on sweets - this was the perfect size. It was very rich but the portion was just enough to satisfy the sweet craving after that savoury risotto.
I'm defintely looking forward to going back to the Alex - great service and loved the atmosphere. We had a sweet little table on the patio and although we were right on Brant street - the side patio was quaint enough you could still carry on a conversation and feel like you've stepped away from the city.
During lunch Suzanna also mentioned that both her parents like to read the blog as well so shout outs to Papa Tai and Mama Trunzer - thanks for reading guys! Say hello some time :-D
The Alex Restaurant
480 Brant Street