120 Highland Dr
Inside Highlands Inn
Carmel, CA 93923
Carmel, CA 93923
One of my coworkers had recommended this place since I wanted to celebrate the end of my exams. It’s perfect for special occasions. The restaurant lives up to its name — it’s perched on top of a mountain in Carmel and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. On clear days, I hear the sunset is awesome. 🙂
The restaurant is labeled as a French restaurant but it’s more of a fusion restaurant. Go with whatever the waiter recommends. The sommelier (I know huh, very fancy!) will check up on you periodically to make sure you’re enjoying the wine. The restaurant features mostly wines from Sonoma and Napa. Get there a little earlier than your reservation time so that you can get a table with a better view. The only down side to the restaurant being so close to the ocean: they place the tables close to each other, so it can get quite loud in the restaurant and you can clearly hear the conversation of the next tables.
The restaurant tries to provide a personal touch, so not only does the sommelier check up on you, the manager also greets the tables. The manager actually thought I was Korean. Haha… Overall, service is pretty good — attentive, but not overly so.
Appetizer: Hamachi with japanese cucumber, watermelon radish, lotus root chip, california select caviar. I hardly saw any hamachi though! Should’ve gone for the Pacific Northwestern oysters on the shell that the waiter recommended!
Day’s special: Monkfish wrapped in proscuitto, with grilled porcini mushrooms, asparagus and parmasan gnocchi. The fish was a brilliant idea! Crispy on the outside and juicy/tender on the inside…mmmm…
Dessert: Warm Valrhona chocolate tart with raspberry Coulis, chocolate fuillatine, lemon verbena ice cream. This was also recommended by the waiter. The chocolate tart was rich but not too sweet. Yum!