One of the best restaurants Las Vegas has the honor of being home to is Alize. The top floor of the Palms Casino Resort is an appropriate location for Alize. The food tastes heavenly and is fit for the Gods.
Chef Andre Rochat has received so many accolades for Alize, including being listed as one of the top restaurants in the world by Conte Nast Travelers Magazine, that I could write an entire article on that alone. Alize has earned a much coveted Michelin star, the AAA Four Diamond Award and three cheers from myself and my husband for a very memorable dining experience.
There are many ways to enjoy the fare at Alize. There is the regular menu which is always wonderful, as well as a 5 course menu at $105 per person or 7 course tasting menu at $125 per person. You may also want to include a wine pairing for an additional charge and go all out. They also have a Vegetarian tasting menu and if you give Alize a 1 or 2 days notice they will do Vegan dishes as well. (Check Vegas Vegan for more info on Vegan friendly restaurants in Vegas.)
This is the 5th year that Restaurant Week is being held and is a great time to try some of the best Las Vegas restaurants and help a good cause at the same time. We took advantage of the opportunity and ate at Alize. They have a $50.11 per person three course menu available during Restaurant Week, which is an amazing value.
The French didn’t invent cooking, but they certainly made it an art. Our first course at Alize from the special Restaurant Week menu consisted of Chilled Potato and Leek Vichyssoise for myself and Angus Beef Carpaccio for the hubbie. The Vichyssoise had summer truffles, chives and orange zest. The orange zest was a surprisingly delightful addition. The Carpaccio was paper thin, had watercress, parmesan cheese and a basil pesto with toasted baguette. Delicate, rich and delicious. For the main course I selected the Pan Seared Chicken Roulade with Apricots and Pistachio; Roasted Idaho Potato Galette, Hericot Verts, Toasted Almonds and Truffle Jus. My husband had the Braised Beef Short Rib with Gruyere Potato Mousseline, Sauteed Spinach, Braised Shallots and Pinot Noir Sauce. Both dishes were exquisite. The dessert was an encore of pleasures for the pallet. We had the Champagne Poached Nectarine with a Lemon Cream and Blueberry Sorbet and Andres Apple Tarte Tatin with a Pignoli Florentine and Calvados Ice Cream. If reading this doesn’t make your mouth water you need to check into the nearest fast-food rehab and get yourself together!
The service was as good as the food. Friendly and professional, the whole staff made us feel welcome and comfortable. The hostess at the podium on the main floor who led us to the elevator, the host who greeted us when we arrived at Alize, the barmaid that prepared our cocktails, the bus persons and food servers all did their part to create an evening that we look forward to repeating.
Not only is Alize one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, it also has one of the best views of Las Vegas. The restaurant is rather small, but not at all cramped and has floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. Everyone wants a window table but honestly, you get a terrific view from any table.
We arrived a little early and had a drink at the bar. I was offered the cocktail/ wine list. IT WAS ON AN IPAD!!! HOW COOL IS THAT? I’m probably over reacting and a lot of fine dining restaurants are using them now, but I think this is an outstanding way to keep a wine list current, easy to read, easy to navigate and it isn’t cumbersome. I had one of their specialty cocktails, a Poolside Martini. It had Lychee syrup, vodka, ginger-ale and tasted as its name implies, cool and refreshing without being overly sweet. Alize has an excellent selection of wines, but I did think they were a bit over priced.
If you’re a Las Vegas local, take part in the great dining available to you and dine at Alize. If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas and appreciate great cuIsine, put Alize at the top of your to do list. It’s FABULOUS.