IBJOpinion

DINING: Plat 99 counts as worthy addition to Alexander Hotel

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Dining - A&E

It stands to reason that the bar parked atop Cerulean, the creative restaurant at the art-infused Alexander Hotel, wouldn’t settle for standard pub food. French fries? No. Chicken wings? None in sight. Smoking Goose lamb bacon with sweet potato, poached egg and truffle salt? You’ve come to the right place.

Park yourself in one of the many comfy chairs, saddle up to the bar (where you can watch the food crafted), or take a table on the balcony overlooking what will someday, developers hope, be a stunning corner of downtown. Whichever you choose, you’ll soon find yourself puzzling over Plat 99’s menu, which starts with period cocktails organized by year (e.g., 1922’s Monkey Gland and 1934’s Twelve Mile Limit Fizz). No designated driver? Then you could break the bank on Diet Cokes, which come in adorable small bottles at an insulting $4 a pop.
 

ae-platt99-08-1col.jpg Period cocktails mix with creative cuisine at Plat 99. Here, Natural Beef Roulade is joined by a Corpse Reviver from 1930. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

The food menu features small plates meant for sharing but not necessarily for understanding at first glance. Beets ($7), for example, bear little relation to what you would find served up family-style at Hollyhock Hill. Here, they come green; chopped small; flavored with horseradish, pecans and a sherry vinaigrette; and hidden among micro greens. They’re best once all the flavors are combined.

Similarly, the Riverbend Blue Grilled Cheese ($8) may sound like something you can make at home. But have you tried including thinly sliced pear and onion in the mix? And parking it between pieces of sunflower bread? Smart decision-making from the kitchen and the highlight of our meal.

Nearly as successful was the Natural Beef Roulade ($11), with blue cheese, arugula and truffle vinaigrette rolled in with the meat. And the Braised Pork Belly Slider ($7)—actually, two of them on the plate—might look like fat on a bun, but cherry chutney and crisp red onions made this another winner.

At Plat 99, you can also go with a plate of Smoking Goose Cured Meats or Local Cheese ($4-$6). If you’re only drinking, you won’t go hungry either. The casually dressed servers bring complimentary bags of truffle popcorn just for showing up.

We were less impressed with the Housemade Donut ($6). If you are going to tackle that junk-food staple and claim it as your own, it had better be a sharp improvement over what you find in the office break room on a Friday. Or, at least, delightful in its own decadent way. Here, the subtle cherry filling only served to make an uninspired dough pie mushy rather than interesting. Better was the Bete Noire ($7), rich slices of chocolate cake with housemade pistachio brittle. Advice to management: Bag the brittle and have it available to go. It would make a great tip to add to the baby sitter’s pay. Or a wonderful late-night snack back in the hotel room.•

—Lou Harry

__________

Fourth in a month-long series of food-and-a-drink eatery reviews.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Hello Dear Are you tired of Seeking Loans and Mortgages,have you Been Turned down constantly By your banks and Other Financial Institutions or Micro Finance scheme. This is let you know with 100% guarantee that we Offer loans ranging from $1,000 Minimum to $1,000,000.00 Maximum at 3% interest rate per Month. We give out LOANS for developing business. a competitive edge/business expansion. email address: michealscottloan124@gmail.com We offer the following kinds of loans and many more; * Personal Loans ( Unsecured Loan) * Business Loans ( Unsecured Loan) * Consolidation Loan * Combination Loan * Home Improvement * Xmas Loans for contact to seek for loan email this email address: michealscottloan124@gmail.com Thanks

  2. My name is Mr Henry Josh and i live in the USA California and life is worth living right now for me and my family and all this is because of one man sent by GOD to help me and my family, i once had a life filled with sorrow because my first SON needed a kidney transplant and all our savings were going towards his medications and this normally leaves us with no money to pay our bills or even put enough food on our table and our rent was due and no funds to pay these bills and life felt so unfair to me and every night my wife will cry herself to sleep every night until one day, i was browsing through yahoo answers and i saw a striking advert of a man that gives out personal loans and that the offer is opened to all and i have heard so many things about internet scams but at this point of my life, i was very desperate and ready to take any risk and at the end of the day, i applied for this loan and from one step to another, i got my loan within 12 hours through bank transfer and you know, it was all like a dream and i called Mr Daniel Jones A Man who is the GOD sent lender i found and said, i have received my loan and he smiled stating that to GOD be the glory and i was so shocked as i have never ever seen anyone with such a GOD fearing and kind heart and today, i am the happiest man on earth because by GOD’S grace, my SON kidney transplant was successful and today he is healthy, i and my family are living very comfortable and happy and if you are in my former situation or in serious and legitimate need of a loan, you can reach this GOD sent lender via fidelityloanfirm@outlook.com

  3. Greetings to everyone reading this comment!!! I am Greg William by name. I am out here to recommend the effort of Mark Oscar,I was in need of a consolidation loan amount of 50,000 and as soon as I got in contact with Mark Oscar Loan Firm on Wednesday last week and on Friday last week as well I receive an alert from my bank(Royal Bank of Scotland Group) that the fund was transferred,I want everybody on this site to contact Mark Oscar now via email on how to get a loan because I got my loan from them and I am very happy,so contact them now. Oscarloanfinance@hotmail.com Thanks!!!!!!

  4. Elected officials, like Mourdock, get vested in 8 years. It takes 10 years for all other public employees, most of whom make a lot less money. So much for the promise to finish out his term.

  5. Great state treasurer and a good man!! Just curious if the folks who didn't quite understand his quote would like to tell my daughter-in-law that God didn't intend her! Mourdock's comment was correct but twisted and the article didn't mention that his opponent and the press let the impression stand that Mourdock meant that the rape was intended. Stupid people!!

ADVERTISEMENT