Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Alicante Mediterranean Grille

This past Saturday night we went out to dinner with some friends to Alicante's in Mendon. We have been here multiple times now, but this is my first review on the place. I decided to try to add my first picture, but it was really dark in the Bar area, and my camera phone does not have a flash. This is a picture or the home made chips they serve at Alicante's, and they are to die for.

Appearance: Set on Rt 16 in Mendon with a very small parking lot there is a valet parking area. There is a very nice bar with seating area to wait for your table in. We got to check out the bar area for about 2 Hours. On the way to the dining area, you pass a coat check closet if you wish to use it. The dining area is full of tables along the long widow overlooking the lake. At the end of the restaurant is a waterfall wall. Every table has a candle on it.

Food: We started off in the Bar with some home made chips, they girls had soda's, my friend had a Corona, and I had a couple of Blue Moon Draughts.

Once we were seated we started off with some Lettuce Warps (Crisp Iceberg Lettuce Cups, With Grilled Chicken, Roasted Peppers, White Kidney Beans, Goat Cheese And Toasted Almonds ), and Brocheta (Bourbon Marinated Beef Tenderloin Skewers, With Grape Tomatoes And Fresh Mozzarella). The Lettuce wraps were good, but would have been better if the Lettuce was crisper. The Brocheta was just amazing, the most tender and flavorful pieces of steak ever.

For our main course both the girls opted for the Pollo Parmagian (Boneless Chicken Breast With Our Roasted Garlic And Basil Marinara, Topped With Mozzarella), which they both enjoyed. My friend chose the Risotto (Shrimp, Sea Scallops And Salmon, Pan Seared With Shallots, Evoo, White Wine, Lemon, Oven Roasted Tomatoes And Baby Spinach With Our Slow-Cooked Arborio Rice), and he said it was excellent, and I decided to try the Ternera Serrano (Provimi Veal, Layered With Spinach, Serrano Ham, Asparagus And Provolone Finished With a Jerez Sherry Sauce) which was wonderful. The Veal had such great flavor and just melted in your mouth.

For Dessert we all got something different, Our friends got the Tarimusi, and the Banana's Foster Cheese Cake, and said that they were both excellent. My wife chose the Creme Brulee, her favorite dessert. I decided to give the special a shot. 2 crepes filled with Black Berries, Blueberries, and strawberry's with Vanilla ice cream all drizzled with Carmel sauce. It had to have been one of the best desserts I have ever had.

Value: Alcante's is pricey, but well worth the money. You get excellent food every time, and are not rushed. We spent about $20 at the bar, and our dinner tab came to around 140 without tip plus a $4 tip for the Valet. It is just a really nice night out with a great dinner.

Service: The hostess was really nice, she came to find us in the bar when our table was ready. The bar wait staff was a bit slow, but they were very busy. The waiter was great, but did have a very Strong accent making it hard to understand him. Valet was speedy!! Overall service is 5 Star.

If you are looking for a really good restaurant for a special occasion of some sort then you must try Alicante's, I promise you will not be disappointed.

Alicante Mediterranean Grille
84 Uxbridge Rd
Mendon, MA 01756

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