|Chef Cindy Pawlcyn|
|Artic Char with White Beans and Tomato|
Seeing the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium by itself is worth a trip, but how do you think the food is there? Excellent. Most public attractions offer food to be eaten out of convenience, but this world-class facility brought on board Chef Cindy Pawlcyn to run the Monterey Bay Cafe and Restaurant; she is well known in the Bay Area and has a string of very good restaurants in the Napa Valley. Her approach is fresh farm to table cooking which features seafood using the Aquarium's standards of sustainability. On this recent trip I tried the calamari dusted with corn flour and fried, which gave it a real crunch and it was served with a spicy curry slaw. Wow-some of the best squid I have had in a long time. I also tried the special of the day, grilled Artic Char fillet set on a mound of white beans, tomato, andouille sausage and fresh herbs- very good as well. No need to go to a fancy over-priced restaurant when you can eat here and enjoy views of the gorgeous Monterey Bay before you.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Cafe and Restaurant
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
|Spicy Corn Meal Crusted Squid with Curry|