Monday, August 13, 2012

Cooperstown's ALEX & IKA, still an interesting choice (8-11-12)

For our second night in Cooperstown, NY we returned to ALEX & IKA
located downtown on Main Street. The menu has been simplified, and
sadly the wine list is no longer as exciting as it used to be, but the
food remains enjoyable, if the service was a bit here and there. I
also widh they would dump the paper napkins for linen ones!
Samuel started with a superb CEASAR Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing,
but it had all kinds of greens instead of just Romaine, so he was not
too happy about that, He went on to the BBQ Pork Sliders which had
Chipotle Roast Pulled Pork with BBQ Aioli which was way too spicy.
I started as I always do with Ika's Swedish Martini of Svedka Vodka,
Aquavit & Lingonberry Saft with Lime--I adore it. Will had Luka's
Monster Margarita with Cuervo Gold, Cointreau, Lime & OJ. Samuel did
the Shirley Temple.
Will chose the FISH TACOS starter which was clearly a main course of
two HUGE FRIED COD tacos with Roasted Corn Salsa, Lettuce, Tomato,
Avocado, Chipotle Aioli & Lime Wedges that was superb. My SESAME
NOODLES with Arugula, Cucumber, Toasted Peanuts, Carrot-Ginger
Kimchee, Sweet Tamarind and Ginger Oil was a perfect starter so I
could go on to the ROAST DUCK ANTIPASTO SALAD of Garlic Roasted
Mushrooms, Green Lentils, Marinated Artichokes, Sweet & Spicy Peppers,
Roasted Tomato and 1/4 crispy duck.
Will had the TUNA NICOISE as a main with roasted tomatoes, fingerling
potatoes, egg, green beans, capers, arugula, wild oregano, lemon and
CONCANNON Petite Sirah 2010 Central Coast was an okay red, but served
in a WARM wine glass! Will took an order of Cheesecake to go, but I
never did find out how it was as I headed to the opera!