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Village Corner Bistro, Carmel

First of all, let me say that I feel so stupid - I forgot to take my camera to dinner, and the courses were really picture-worthy.

I saw a writeup of this restaurant online in The Dining Guide before we left home, and it sounded really eclectic and interesting. I especially liked the photo of the stacked ahi tuna appetizer, which appears on Page 14 of the dining guide.

Village Corner Bistro was a couple of blocks from our motel, and we were seated on the patio right next to the firepit. There was one ahi sashimi on the menu, but I didn't see the stacked ahi appetizer, so I asked about it. The waiter said that it would soon be on the NEW menu but he would ask the chef if I could have it. The answer was yes, so I was happy.

The plate was beautiful, much prettier than the photo in the dining guide. The ahi tuna was stacked with a layer of avocado in the middle. The stack was surrounded by decorative wasabi and soy sauce. Almost too pretty to eat. It was outstanding!

Bill had the Greek salad, which he said was also very good.

My entree was Risotto Goat Cheese Cake with Sauteed Veggies, which was also tasty and very picture-worthy. Bill's entree was Artichoke Ravioli w/Tiger Prawns. We shared a Double Espresso Creme Brulee for dessert, another winner.

A good meal is not complete without wine (at least in my opinion), so we chose a bottle of 2007 Caymus Conundrum.

We would definitely recommend this restaurant - I can hardly wait to go there again! The prices, for both the food and the wine, were very reasonable, particularly for a resort area like Carmel. The wine list contains only Monterey county wines, so you get a chance to taste the local offerings.

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