Taste Bistro vs Village Fish House (Monterey)
Hello Monterey Hounds,
I am going to be in the area soon and need some advice on deciding between the two restaurants. I am a HUGE fan of Passionfish in PG but am searching for a different taste/preparation/philosophy on the same kind of ingredients I can get at Passionfish. I narrowed it down to these two restaurants an I guess in the end I am looking for a good back-up restaurant to Passionfish. I really like seafood and was wondering if anyone had dined at either restaurant recently and which dishes are can't miss!
Thanks in Advance!
My husband and I spent Sunday night (the 5th) in Monterey and were delighted to receive an offhand tip from the front desk staff at our hotel. I don't know if you are referring to Monterey's Fish House on Del Monte in your posting title, but we ate there and found it absolutely divine! Low key, locals-only type place away from Cannery Row and the tourist area. Very inexpensive. I had an excellent almond-honey-crusted halibut which was supremely fresh, served with a creamy rigatoni pasta and Asian-style vegies. I was so glad that my carrots and snow peas were NOT al dente, as I actually like my vegies somewhat tender. For my taste, the vegies were perfect. My husband had a lovely scallop scampi made with bits of bell pepper, served with linguini. This is not a 'gourmet' restaurant but honest food with superior fresh fish and quite inexpensive. The average fish dish was probably around $17. Highly recommended!
That's a good description of Monterey Fish House. I find it a little crowded and noisy (but so is Passionfish). Dishes are less cutting edge than PF, but good solid traditional Mty Peninsula fare.
Taste is more innovative, imho, and I have eaten there several times over the years. On my last visit (a couple of years ago), I didn't feel like the place was as creative as it used to be. Maybe it was just that I didn't especially like the treatment of sand dabs, which had an eggy breading with no crunch. Though the buerre blanc sauce served with them was good. I do love their red oak leaf lettuce salad and the old world tasting chicken apple sausages with red cabbage. Probably less of a seafood emphasis here than at MFH or PF.
I would suggest that OP look over the menus.
Thanks for the input so far everyone! I am staying in Pacific Grove and once I realized that Monterey Fish House and the Valley Fish House were of the same family I decided that I would prefer to stay in Monterey. I am definitely looking for a seafood based cuisine so I will probably exclude Taste on the recommendations so far. I love Passionfish and how the chef is willing to experiment with the seasonal ingredients that the menu at Fish House looks boring. I guess it will probably end up being Passionfish!