So much food!
My first impression of Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar will be presented to you in 3.. 2.. 1..
I decided to check out Carmel as a last minute dinner option with a couple of friends and would have to say I had a pretty good experience. The food was good, service was good and the vibe was just right. I read about the iPad menus and was pretty excited to try them out.
I would love to see more restaurants use this type of ordering systems just because we are now in a very fast pace technology world. I love that I can browse the menu and look at all the pictures and description at my fingertips. You can also decide when to send in your order to the kitchen or bar without having to chase down your waitress or waiter. One bad thing is that over ordering is easily done with the usage of the iPad menus and I must say that's what happened to us.
During the time we went in it was apparently Happy Hour so selected appetizers, flatbreads and drinks were $5 each (5-7). From what I remembered we ordered the Calamari Friter (which was my least favorite), Tomato Margherita flatbread, Mezze Platter (which consisted of Edamame hummus, Roasted red pepper spread and goat cheese), Shrimp Ceviche, Braised Short Ribs, French fries and a few more flatbreads and other different drinks.
I really liked the food here and it all comes out of the kitchen pretty fast. The service was excellent too, my glass was never left empty. There were dishes I enjoyed more than the other but I would have to say the Calamari Friters was my least favorite. I actually dislike it a lot, it wasn't what I expected but I guess it's good to try them while they were on the Happy Hour menu. The batter was too thick and the squid was just too chewy.
My favorite would have to be the Roasted Red Pepper spread, french fries and also the Braised Short Ribs which went great with the polenta served with it. The dishes off the regular menu was actually pretty pricey for the amount of food you get but I guess you would have to expect that at such a nice place. The Shrimp Ceviche was pretty good too and I loved the pairing of rice crackers.
Yum, Yum, Yum. I am pretty happy with the outcome of Carmel Cafe. There are other dishes off the regular menu that I would like to try like the lamb lolipop and some of the side dishes.
Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar - Clearwater
2548 Mcmullen Booth Rd
Clearwater, FL 33761