A weekend down the coast to Carmel-by-the-Sea brought with it a chance to enjoy the great choice of eateries and, after a spot of research using Open Table I opted for the cozy local hangout of Basil. Basil specializes in seasonal, organic and locally produced dishes in an intimate setting off a main street which made it a little hard to find but maybe that was part of its charm. Being two adults and two kids we decided to dive straight into the main course especially given the soporific atmosphere of low lighting, loud conversation and a heavy heat that already had the kids heads bowing.
The head waiter was very helpful and recommended the grilled filet mignon for me, the apple wood smoked venison for my partner and a shared plate of the five hour braised grass fed BBQ beef ribs for the kids. All three main courses were exceptionally presented and tasted superb. The only downside to our experience was the sleep-inducing atmosphere which cut short the evening a little just so we could get some air. They do have a heated outside patio area so I would go for that option if we head back for some more seasonal dining.
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