A variety of dining options await you in the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea; but when it comes to a fine dining experience you won't forget there is one local establishment that stands out above the rest. Anton & Michel has been offering customers mouthwatering steaks, sustainable seafood and a large selection of Monterey County wines for over 35 years.
Sophisticated diners will appreciate the attention given to detail and polished service mixed with old school charm. Classic dishes prepared table-side transport you to another time while the modern decor and design makes it a one of a kind experience.
Owner, Tony Salameh, was trained in European-style hospitality at the prestigious Hotel School of Lausanne in Switzerland. He was inducted into the restaurateur Hall of Fame (Monterey County chapter of the California Restaurant Association) in 2002 and has earned a “stellar reputation” with the success of Anton & Michel for over 30 years.
I was invited to dine at Anton & Michel on a recent visit to Carmel and must say it was a delicious experience from start to finish. We were greeted at the door, by Salameh himself, and escorted to a quiet table which overlooked the outdoor patio and fountain. We chatted over wine about the history of the restaurant and the renovations that were recently done. Salameh explained how they expanded the bar area and created a menu that is more approachable to a younger crowd.
We started our dinner with the classic table-side presentation of Caesar salad; a rare experience these days. Our server, Carmella, used fresh ingredients like Parmiagano Cheese, garlic, raw egg, olive oil and anchovy to create a creamy and delicious dressing which hearken back to glamorous days of old.
It was fun to watch this process and even more enjoyable to eat the finished product.
It's hard to beat a classic Caesar salad but the Hawaiian Tuna Tartar came close. Tuna and avocado with a creamy wasabi sauce, sesame crackers and a hint of soy dressing was the perfect combination of freshness and spice.
I'm a huge fan of lamb and the rack of lamb with citrus port sauce did not disappoint. The lamb was succulent and tender and the sauce provided a nice flavor combination.
The Guinness-Hoisin Braised Kobe Beef Short Ribs were also delicious. Slow-cooked in stout, the ribs had a bittersweet flavor to them which paired well with the tobacco onions, and garlic basil pappardelle.
Another tribute to days gone by was the cherries jubilee.
Cherries are mixed with a liquer, flambed table-side, and served over vanilla ice cream. A treat to watch and enjoy!
The meal was excellent, the service above par and the atmosphere upscale and cozy. Anton & Michel is a restaurant that I could easily see myself returning to again and again.
Anton & Michel
Mission St & 7th Ave,
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921
This experience was provided complimentary. However, all opinions and comments are my own.