If you’re searching for a restaurant that truly embodies the local flavor of Carmel, the Flying Fish Grill towers above the rest. The restaurant is small, so be sure to reserve a table ahead of time. The restaurant is located in the lower level of a shopping plaza in downtown ritzy Carmel, and although it doesn’t look like much at first, it’s sure to astound you. The inside is transformed into a modern Japanese-inspired restaurant, and covered with flying fish decorations (appropriate to the name). It’s here that you’ll find absolutely amazing food that both fresh and local. All food has a distinct blend of Asian and Californian influences. Begin with the Tuna Sashimi for a fantastic appetizer. The sheer freshness of this dish topped with wasabi shoyu is unbeatable. If you’re looking for something with a bit more bite, the Spicy Tuna Tartare is delicious covered with sesame oil, chili pepper, and lain atop of wasabi toast. For something a bit warmer, the Shrimp Curry Soup is spicy and a local favorite. For a main course, you have a difficult decision ahead of you. The menu is split into both traditional dinners and Clay Pots, which are cooked at your table. The Seafood Clay Pot (also called Yosenabe) is filled with shrimp, scallops, mussels, squish and fresh fish. All clay pots are meant for sharing, so bring your appetite and your friends in tow! If you’re traveling solo or can’t find someone to share, the dinners are amazing. In particular, the Black Bean Halibut is fantastic, and coated with Chinese black beans, ginger, and scallions, all of which are steamed together in a paper pouch. The Rare Peppered Ahi is also a great choice, and is served with a black pepper crust and covered with a mustard sesame-soy vinaigrette. Regardless of what you choose to order here, you’ll soon see why this is one of the best spots in Carmel.
What's New — By Lia Del Priore on October 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm