My first time at Lokal. Great time, amazing food. I went with two others who had been there before so, I got some direction on the menu and the concept of the place. If you don’t know, smaller type plates are served that are meant to be shared by all at the table. It’s a nifty idea and seems to be perfect for any number of diners: you get to try everything that comes to the table without having to peck at your friend's plate. The dishes come out staggered and the pacing gave us time to enjoy each plate fully on its own. And the food was unassumingly fabulous. I’m so glad we went hungry on a Friday night: we ordered seven different dishes!! There were a few new creations on the menu and my friends were excited to try those. I loved everything that came to the table: macaroni with lobster, calamari, crab hotdog, baby potatoes, asparagus topped with a smoked egged that was poached, pork sliders, and steak. Without trying to find adjectives for each plates, all had a unique and very distinctive flavor—the smoked-poached eggs on the asparagus were incredible and the pork sliders tender and so yummy. And the crab hot dog, hmmm. I’m a steak eater and the steak was, simply put, perfect in every way. I would return for that alone and look forward to seeing what might be on the menu.
We finished with a thick chocolate mousse type dessert—you place a small dollop of the mousse on your spoon and then lightly dab it to the olive oil, white salt, and black salt that ring the dessert on the plate. I’m not much of a dessert eater anymore, but that was soooo good. I will have that again too.
All in all a great first time for me. Our table was comfortable and the was staff attentive without being intrusive. We had two different white wines that complemented our entrees perfectly. Nice space, the walls are a chalk board—that’s all the walls are a chalk board. I heard the bar was made from wood from the Monterey Fair Ground stage that Hendrix played on. That’s coolness you can’t contrive. Maybe that’s what the place is all about in the end.
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