Upstairs @ Alexis has reopened after a physical revamp, looking spiffier than ever.
With light jazz wafting in the background, there's a calm dining section here for escaping the crowds, beside a lounge filled with plush sofas and decorated like a library (with fake books).
Clam chowder. Delicious to the last drop; this was brimming with clams, beef bacon & veggies, but what gave it extra oomph was probably a dash of Chardonnay.
Pumpkin soup. Also a thick, creamy pleasure, with a touch of spice to make it zesty.
Salad nicoise, with seared tuna sashimi, haricot vert, kalamata olives & half-boiled egg. Not the healthiest salad around, but perhaps one of the tastiest. The olives were a bit of a chore to eat though, since they came with their pits intact.
Homemade tagliatelle with duck ragu, grated parmesan & basil. Salty but addictive.
Wagyu beef cheeks braised in red wine. Looked hearty, but most of the plate was filled with rocket salad, gremolata & mashed potatoes. Would be nice to have more of the tender, flavorsome meat instead, but this was adequate for the price.
The Mandarin (absolut mandarin, cranberry, orange) & Mint Julep (rum, lime, mint leaves).