The first item on the Fall menu which caught my eye was the Watermelon Granita which had Rosangel hibiscus-infused tequila, house-made sour mash, agave nectar, fresh watermelon & basil. I have a love affair with watermelon margarita's so I was very excited to give this cocktail a try. It was excellent and I would have drank 3 of them if I had a driver.
|Italian Old Fashion|
|Stuffed Maderia Dates|
|Danish Baked Brie|
|Peppadew Peppers stuffed with Goat Cheese|
Getting full yet? We tried the Four Cheese Stuffed Cannelloni, Ricotta, Fontina, provolone, Parmesan, house made Bolognese sauce.WOW WOW WOW. Everything was perfect about this pasta dish. The Bolognese sauce was very rich and meaty. The cannelloni's were fresh. It was a very good dish. In fact, it was Tracy's (My Other City By The Bay) favorite of the night.
|Four Cheese Stuffed Cannelloni|
Finally, the moment I was waiting for all night - the dessert came out. Those who know me are probably reading this confused as you know I prefer Savory over Sweet. One word, Salted Caramel. The Warm Poached Pear with Salted Caramel, Vanilla Ice Cream was out of control. Our entire table asked for a bucket of that caramel sauce. It was that good. I could eat this type of dessert all day everyday.
|Warm Poached Pear with Salted Caramel|
And it is time for the nightcap - a cute Irish Coffee with a biscotti. It was the perfect ending to a perfect night.
If I had to choose which item is my favorite item on the new Fall menu is, I honestly would have a hard time picking just one. I hate to pick an appetizer but I am going to go with the Maderia Stuffed Dates. I just wasn't expecting the flavor, the richness of the goat cheese, the sweetness of the dates. Perfection.
Overall, Carmel Cafe's Fall menu was a home run. With so many different flavor profiles going, every dish gave me a sense of Fall-time comfort. You can check out Carmel Cafe's new Fall Menu by clicking here. If you haven't had a chance to dine here, try them out on a Sunday or Monday night when they offer a Prixe fixed dinner for two for $25. You cannot beat this deal!