700 Munras Ave., Monterey
Join us at Estéban, Monterey's newest restaurant and lounge! Located in the heart of downtown Monterey next to the historic Casa Munras, a Larkspur Collection Hotel, Estéban promises a unique culinary experience where guests can "sip, savor and share" Mediterranean tapas and Spanish-inspired cuisine. Gaining its name from Don Estéban Munras, the last Spanish diplomat to California, Estéban continues the Munras family's tradition of hospitality.
Serving traditional dishes with a pinch of adventure, Estéban is the ideal place for a sit down dinner or socializing with friends. Whether dining on the outdoor patio, by the warm fireplace in the lounge or sitting at the bar with a fantastic view of the exhibition kitchen, Estéban's unique Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed for dinner and late night dining.
This dish has that healthy Mediterranean Diet feel to it. The potatoes are from the North Coast of California. The cherry tomatoes are in season and just burst with flavor. The octopus is cooked in court bouillon for three hours on a slow simmer. I always watch this one as the cooks want to boil it to cook it faster, but it needs to be simmered and cooked gently. I love to braise. Octopus is one of the few ocean species you can long braise because it starts out so tough. We then finish with a touch of lemon, salt and piment d’ Espelette. We sell this dish at half price during our happy hour. 700 Munras Ave., Monterey, (831) 375-0176, www.estebanrestaurant.com