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monterey report... passionfish

withalonge | Nov 21, 200502:33 PM

dinner last friday night with my DH at passionfish.. food was fantastic. I had not previously been, but was impressed. though I thought it would be a bit more intimate. however, the restaurant was quite loud, but still pleasant... just not as cozy as I had imagined from previous posts... perhaps we just had rowdy tables near us???

luckily the food out-shined the noise.

started with the crab cake to split, lots of crab, tender, crispy panko breading.. resting on a lovely little "slaw"... reminiscient of green papaya salad. very good. it was very large, that and a dinner salad could have been an entree. what I liked best is that you could actually taste the crab, instead of the breading. tender, sweet, excellent.

DH had a dinner salad, good, but nothing spectacular. but I had the most excellent salad of shaved brussel sprouts braised with bacon and maybe a little white wine? tossed with shaved asiago cheese and red flame grapes. add a few grinds of fresh pepper... it was excellent! perhaps so good, because of the fresh and seasonal brussel sprouts... I'd recommend this even to those who don't think they like brussel sprouts... it was tender-crisp, not at all bitter... excellent balance with the cheese and grapes. the bacon added depth and balance, but did not overwhelm the dish.. mmmm..

for our main dishes...dh had the halibut, lightly grilled with lovely roasted red peppers. the halibut was sooo tender and moist. very nice. I had a special... seared diver's scallops w/ green onion risotto and a truffled buerre blanc. I thought the scallops were just slightly over-cooked, but otherwise tender. the green onion risotto was fabulous. the truffle buerre blanc was great, but the dish was soooo rich we opted out of ordering dessert. which was too bad, since they had goat-cheese cheesecake w/ fig sauce that I was interested in trying. washed all down with a sinskey pinot blanc. all in all an excellent meal.

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