Monterey Bay Restaurant Week: Basil Carmel

Continuing the countdown to Monterey Bay Restaurant Week, let’s take a look at the menu at Basil Carmel?

Appetizer, choice of:
Asian Pear and Grape Salad, Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi, or Lamb Sausage with White Polenta

Main Course, choice of:
Duck Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken, Butternut Squash Ravioli, or Fresh Seafood of the Day

Dessert, choice of:
Warm Apple Pie, Gelato “Affogato” in Espresso, or Guinness Brownie & Baileys Gelato

Basil’s three-course prix fixe menu is $25, excluding tax, tip and beverages.

Honestly, I credit Restaurant Week with helping me discover Basil Carmel in the first place. The first year, Basil was the new kid in town, and it buckled under the pressure of opening and the Restaurant Week crowds. After a pretty disappointing dinner, I was reluctant to return to Basil.

But then Restaurant Week rolled around again and the $25 prix fixe menu was too good a deal to pass up, so I returned to give Basil another chance. Things were much better the following year, with the kitchen now in a good groove sending out some delicious food. This is exactly why more restaurants need to get on board with Restaurant Week–offering cheap prix fixe meals will lure diners into new territory, and help them find a new favorite spot they never knew about right in their own backyard.

Hopefully I’ll get to go three for three and pop into Basil for Restaurant Week again. If anything, just for that Guinness brownie with Bailey’s gelato. Yum!

Remember, Monterey Restaurant Week is here October 20 to 27. View the participating restaurants here.

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