The most recent visit to Monterey was a busy one and we were a bit tired, so The Fish Hopper it was – the first one we happened upon and decided to patronize once again.
The restaurant sits right alongside the Pacific Ocean and is a warm and homey place, especially after the sun goes down. There is a fireplace the bathes the inside dining area with a golden glow. For those who prefer a semi-al fresco atmosphere, there’s the heated open lanai.
Since she wasn’t very hungry, the wife ordered a Chef’s Sampler appetizer plate of deep-fried calamari, grilled artichoke and crab cakes, with a couple of slices of garlic bread. There WAS a lot of food in this sampler, and she brought some back to the room for breakfast the next day. Silly lady.
I decided to have their Monterey Abalone with Prawns and Seared Scallops this time, which was accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables (yellow squash and asparagus) with a few orange wedges hugging the sides.
The abalone itself was small and tender, repacked into its shell. Its delicate flavor was nearly overwhelmed by the sauce, but all in all, it wasn’t bad. The prawns were nicely done – not overcooked or hard, and the scallops were oh so tender and sweet.
Next time I visit the aquarium, I really do have to walk farther down the street and try some of the other restaurants. But y’know, it’s awfully hard to walk past The Fish Hopper.
The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steaks: 700 Cannery Row. (831) 372-8543.