Aubergine (Carmel)

One of the restaurants we always wanted to visit on our trips to Carmel for many years, but the schedule never aligned so far, was Aubergine Arguably the best known restaurant in that area for many years with one Michelin star. On this trip we finally had the chance to visit and were really impressed by the dishes, service (e.g. each course presented and explained by one of the chefs) and ambience (relaxed, cozy). As with most menu descriptions in high-end restaurants they rarely do justice for the actual complexity of the final dishes.
Overall a fantastic restaurant and it won’t take years to come back

Abalone dressed in its liver, crispy chicken skin

Red masa, kampachi, leche de tigre

Bluefin tuna, crispy nori, caviar

Pacific gold oyster, spirulina, sorrel

Wagyu tartare, egg yolk jam, sorghum
All five bites were served with Heiwa Shuzuo “Natsu mo Shippu” Junmai Ginjo

Kaluga queen caviar, asparagus, allium cream
Pierre Gerbais “Grains des Celles”

Kinmedai, corn, iberico
Emrich-Schönleber “Monziger” Riesling Kabinett 2020

Shiro dashi, carrot, hokkaido scallop
Domaine Guiberteau “Saumur Blanc” 2020

Lamb, pistachio, lettuce
Envinate “Lousas - Vinas de Aldea” 2022

Dry-aged ribeye, turnip, fava bean, chanterelle
Pietroso “Brunello di Montalcino” 2018

Olive and basil cake, meyer lemon curd, strawberry, tuille
Marcel Deiss “Grasberg” 2017

Corn & white chocolate ice cream

Ricotta fritter, plum glaze

Bitter sweet chocolate & cherry ganache


I like it - had some good meals there. Nice champagne list. They used to do some holiday brunches as well. Always a good option for a weekend in Carmel.

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