Best of 2011: Best Restaurant in Monterey County
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
701 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove
All the sustainable ethics, farmers market freshness and fiendishly wise wine finds in the sea wouldn’t mean much if Passionfish didn’t create tastes like these: Gorgonzola salad with aromatic yellow curry vinaigrette and a phyllo-wrapped, oven-baked cheesy treasure in the center. Mussels steamed in a cilantro-chipotle tomato broth so good that at least one customer announces he wants to bathe in it every night. Nova Scotia scallops pan-seared in a rich, tomato-black truffle butter. Sturgeon slow-poached and served with almost-electric spicy red curry vinaigrette – super delicate texture and bold flavors that dance beautifully with an Austrian Riesling. Crispy, rich and moist pear bread pudding with Madeira caramel sauce and freshly whipped cream. Yes, you can die now. El Carmelo Cemetery is conveniently located just down the street.