Our second course of the night was Cod Bruschetta. I will be honest that this was not my favorite, it was a little too strong of a fish for me. Escabeche-style citrus zataar marinade, capers, tomato and olives on toasted ciabatta. This was paired with a glass of Swanson Pinot Grigio from Napa Valley.
One of Carmel Cafe's new craft cocktails is the Spring Tea and friends, I really liked this drink. Now prepare yourselves for this - it was Silver Tequila and Moscato! It reminded me of a sweet margarita and I vision myself drinking many of them poolside.
Moving over to the entrees, we started with the Ravioli Verde: Spinach and Ricotta ravioli topped with fresh peas, portabello mushrooms, green beans, pea shoots and finished with shaved Parmesan and a truffle-infused sauce. Before this dish hit our table, my friend Lauren exclaimed, "I smell truffles!!". Although I frequently state I am not a fan of truffles, I really liked this dish and it paired perfect with a glass of Vega Sindoa Chardonnay Navarra from Spain.
Out next was a grilled local Mahi Mahi with blood orange-infused cherries, toasted California almonds and balsamic glaze. This fish was served with seasoned haricot verts. The wine pairing was my favorite of the night - Acrobat King Estate Pinot Noir from Oregon. I LOVED this wine.
Another one of Carmel Cafes new specialty craft cocktails was the Strawberry Rickey, a cocktail blended of Gin and fresh strawberries. I am not a huge fan of Gin but I did enjoy this drink.