Restaurants & Bars 15

Great/Good Eats in the Monterey Area

kim c | Apr 12, 200412:08 PM

Our first meal on our trip was at the Schooner's Bistro, located at the Monterey Plaza Hotel where we stayed. I had the fish and chips. We decided to split an order, since the portions are rather large and my daughter had the chowder bowl.

I still have to say that these fish and chips are THE best I have ever had. They are just cooked to perfection, served with a side of garlic fries and very good cole slaw. I had the key lime pie for dessert, which was also excellent. My husband and daughter shared a chocolate cake dessert which they said was also wonderful. The beautiful views also help to enhance the meal here. I just love this place.

For dinner, we had reservations in PG at Passionfish. My daughter decided she wanted to stay in the room and watch The Sandlot and opted for room service. I have to admit, when the tray arrived, it looked REALLY tempting! A hamburger with fries and a cranberry juice, beautifully presented on the tray, complete with flowers. Oh, and of course another slice of "killer" chocolate cake.

We arrived at Passionfish, right on time and were promptly seated in the back of the restaurant. They wine list is absolutely amazing. I decided on a white wine from New Zealand, I can't recall the name of it now, but the server let me taste some first. It was perfect and very fragrant.

I started with the house green salad which was very good and my husband had the fried asparagus appetizer which he said was very good. I really ddin't care to try any but would have if it were the artichokes.

My main course was the lobster for $24 and my husband chose the slow-cooked duck. My lobster was very good, served with mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas. My husband wasn't really thrilled with the way his duck was cooked, he kept saying it didn't taste "slow-cooked" and that it wasn't really what he thought he would get. The portions were also rather large, and I couldn't finish my meal. No dessert, the bill was just under $70 which seemed high to me for what we got. We probably won't return here, and I kind of regreted not eating at The White House which we adored.

Our next meal was at The Duck Club, located at the Plaza. We had a very good breakfast of your basic, eggs, sausage, OJ, English muffins and a fruit platter. The service was outstanidng, with our water/juice glasses never getting empty for a second. The restaurant is beautiful with flowers, bronze sculptures everywhere. I really liked the Duck Club atmosphere and would like to try a dinner there sometime.

The hit of the trip was our next meal. Roy's on Pebble Beach! It's not just dinner, it's an experience. We lingered in the beautiful lounge for half an hour before dinner, enjoying some San Pelligrino and cranberry juice for my DD. She adored this place and said she would like to have her honeymoon here. LOL We sat outside by the fire pits and walked around, taking photos of the breath-taking scenery. Wow, what a place.

We were promptly seated at 5:30, I had made a reservations a few days in advance, since it was a Fri. night and I was glad we did. We were seated at a table by the window, very beautiful views.

My husband & I started with the warm, spinach salad which was excellent and my daughter chose the caesar salad. She had the braised short-ribs, my hubby chose the same and I opted for the hibachi salmon. A very nice glass of Viognier went well with my salmon. This dish is my favorite Roy's entree I have had so far. Just perfect!

For dessert, I chose a slice of the macadamia-banana pie with papaya sauce. It was very light and a perfect end to a wonderful meal. Hubby and DD split the Roy's signature volcano chocolate cake which they loved. Service was outstanidng, Christa was very attentive and professional. It was my favorite meal of the trip and we will definitely return again and again to Roy's in beautfiul Pebble Beach! Bon Appetit! ***kim***

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