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Filet Mignon, Seafood & Pasta from Fandango Restaurant in Monterey

Filet Mignon, Seafood & Pasta from Fandango Restaurant in Monterey

Something I learned on my recent trip to Carmel and Monterey is that Fandango provides more than movie tickets. Fandango is a restaurant in Monterey, with a fun atmosphere. Fandango Restaurant contains a menu full of fresh choices from the sea, as well as a variety of pasta dishes. I loved the feel of Fandango, due in part to the color scheme (reds), as well as the lighting and gorgeous facade and decor at the front of the building. Something I learned after visiting is that Fandango has five private dining rooms. The smallest room seats eight, while the largest seats up to fifty. I would have loved to take a tour of the restaurant, to see all of the different rooms. I felt like we were very close to the sea, and the menu only improved that feeling. Unfortunately, my family is not big on seafood. I know, I know, it’s almost a crime that we don’t eat seafood. Such is life. Looking over the menu, we were a little nervous that we wouldn’t be able to find something for everyone, but then we spotted some tasty sounding pasta dishes.  You can’t really go wrong with a good ol’ pasta dish.
Of course, I cannot forget about the very tasty and tender Duo of Petit Filet Mignon that I ordered. I probably enjoyed my dish the most out of everyone in my family. With a tender cut of meat such as filet mignon, it is hard to disappoint. I had two pieces of filet mignon; each that came with a different sauce. They kept the sauces on the side so I could taste them before deciding whether or not I wanted both sauces on top of my meat. I was afraid one would be too spicy since one was a peppercorn type of sauce, so I cautiously tasted it first. I think the waiter made me more nervous than anything else. The spice wasn’t too bad, and they had great flavor! One filet mignon was placed on top of a roasted slice of tomato, while the other was atop a piece of crusty bread. On the side, I enjoyed mashed potatoes and some roasted squash.

Hubby ordered the Spaghetti Siracusa. He said that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the spaghetti, but there wasn’t anything about it that wowed him. He wasn’t particularly a fan of the sausage that was used, but let me tell ya – it didn’t stop him from gobbling it right up! I love when restaurants shave fresh parmesan cheese directly onto your dish, before serving. This adds some variety to the look of the dish, as well as some fresh cheesiness!

Without a kids’ menu available, we decided to order a couple of dishes off of the regular menu, and have the kids share. We ordered the Tortellini Maison and the Chicken Breast. My kids weren’t crazy about the pesto sauce for the tortellini, but I tried it and thought it was super tasty. I loved all of the cheesy goodness too, of course. The chicken breast was perfectly fine, as were the potatoes and veggies. We had enough leftovers for lunch the next day, which was a bonus. Because of the cool atmosphere that Fandango provided, and the quite high menu prices, I was hoping for slightly better service. It wasn’t poor service by any means; just not as friendly as I like, or hoped for. When I visit a restaurant, I really aim for the entire experience; someone else does the cooking and the clean-up, you are served by a friendly waiter or waitress, and the meal is delish. If you are a fan of seafood, then I’m sure some of those options have got to be up your alley, and don’t forget about the duo of petit mignon!  

I was provided a comped meal, to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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