Alder & Birch opened in The Orleans Hotel & Casino as the first of five new dining concepts scheduled to debut at The Orleans in 2016. Created to be a classically modern take on the American steakhouse, the menu features a varied selection of distinctive menu choices.
“With Alder & Birch, we are refreshing and enhancing the foodie culture that is such an important part of the Boyd Gaming guest experience,” said Mark LaVoie, Vice President of Food and Beverage for Boyd Gaming in a press release. “Complementing the carefully crafted menu and beautiful design is a truly talented team, dedicated to providing the exceptional and memorable level of service our customers expect from us. We are excited and proud to introduce Alder & Birch, a distinctive dining concept that further enhances The Orleans’ unique brand of hospitality.”
As part of the American steakhouse dining experience, the lounge is designed to begin with cocktails. The comfortable lounge with a full bar offers specially designed, handcrafted signature cocktails. Choices include the Winter Sangria made with Santa Christina Chianti, cherry sherry, sour apple and lemon. The house cocktail, Alder and Birch Maple Manhattan, combines Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon, maple syrup, sweet vermouth and bitters garnished with a candied bacon strip. There are craft beers on tap and a selection of over 100 fine wines.
Once seated at the table or booth, appetizers offered include Kobe beef meatballs or chilled wild Baja prawns. Watermelon salad topped with goat cheese, or three-onion soup featuring all-natural apple cider and Mifroma Gruyere cheese are two possible first course selections. Entrees include a cut of 21-day dry-aged Prime beef, including the house signature Wagyu coulette sirloin or double-cut Kurobuta pork chop pan-seared with sea salt and herbs and topped with caramelized Granny Smith apples, deglazed with a touch of all-natural apple cider. The final course, dessert, creates a sweet, decadent finale with banana rum cake topped with Hard Birch Rum sauce and its signature crème brulee and house-made raspberry champagne sorbet.
The décor is influence by its name of trees with the façade composed of wood-paneled vertical fins. The wooden shutters are polished with blackened industrial sash window panels. Along the bar wall hangs a collection of framed, antique cookbooks, some published over 80 years ago. Anchoring the cocktail lounge and main dining room is the stone-clad, two-sided fireplace. The main dining room includes semi-private, glass-screened booths, each featuring its own chandelier. Two private dining rooms are also available.
Alder & Birch Cocktails and Dining is open daily for social hour 4 to 6 p.m.; dinner starts at 5 p.m. To make a reservation, view the menu and for more information, visit www.AlderandBirchLV.com.