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9415 Hearst Dr., San Simeon, California
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Outstanding Dining Experiences . . . EVERY Time
June 7, 2013
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During our two night stay at the BW Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, we had the opportunity to enjoying the food, service and ambiance of their on-site restaurant. I must start out with my general personal bias against hotel restaurants. Many if not ...
During our two night stay at the BW Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, we had the opportunity to enjoying the food, service and ambiance of their on-site restaurant. I must start out with my general personal bias against hotel restaurants. Many if not most, are a necessary evil to complement the lodging experience. Poor service and lousy food are often the norm. Very rarely do they actually add to the overall experience and value. In the case of the Cavalier, both objectives were met.
Upon arrival our first night, we tired having had a very long day involving a drive from LA to Monterey and then south on Hwy 1 to San Simeon. We had spent three hours midday touring the Monterey Bay Aquarium and sightseeing along the four plus hour drive into San Simeon. We were ready for a relaxing dinner in a pleasant and comforting setting. Our needs were seen to by the friendly staff; so much so, I really didn't want to get up from the table after dinner.
Our server Jorge greeted us with an infectious smile, one that we would grow to love during our stay. A pleasant gentleman of a middle age (probably around 45-50), he saw to it that we wanted for nothing as long as he was responsible for us. He also did not miss a thing. As we considered our beverage options, we were discussing our preferences in wine. Next thing we knew, he was serving us a wine glass sample of a couple of reds. They were nice, but we both chose something else. For me it would be a non-alcoholic iced tea and for my sister a pint of Sierra Nevada.
As we pondered the menu choices, a nice young lady offered and brought us a basket of freshly baked dinner rolls along with glasses of ice water. We later learned that it was her first day. She was very good at taking care of guests, seemingly without direction or hesitation. Outstanding first day in our opinion!
I decided to have the Fisherman's Plate, featuring shrimp, clams and calamari. Imagine my surprise when an added cod plank was brought on platter. Served with french fries, coleslaw and all the appropriate condiments . . . it was just about as perfect as could be.
My sister had the liver and onions. I know . . . who goes to the beach and eats liver? Funny thing is that she has nobody at home who will eat the stuff and she said it had been years since she had last had it. She could not stop raving about how good it was, especially with the added touch of bacon on the liver. I must admit, it did taste pretty darn good.
Her meal came with soup, so she chose the NE clam chowder. While I did declined to add a cup ala carte to my meal, Jorge brought me one anyway. I must say, I was really glad that he did as it was very good, with large chunks of clams throughout the thick chowder.
Even though we were seriously tempted by their dessert offerings, neither of us had any room left for just one more bite of anything. We told Jorge that we would return the following evening for dessert, since we had dinner plans elsewhere. The total on our dinner came to just $37 plus tip. Amazing!
The next night, as promised, we arrived back at the restaurant after the sunset for a relaxing dessert and beverages. I selected the cheesecake with strawberry topping and my sister splurged on the ice cream sundae. When I asked Jorge about the strawberry topping, he said they had either fresh strawberries or a strawberry topping that has sliced berries in a sweet juice-like sauce. I opted for the fresh strawberries, although he could tell my choice was with much certainty as he brought out both!
My sister ordered a hot tottie (an espresso with a double shot of Baileys, I think) while I just went with the plain ole iced tea. Did I mention that their freshly brewed iced tea was some of the most thirst quenching, delicious tea I had ever had? YUM!
On our final morning in the area, I wanted to eat a hearty breakfast before hitting the road for the long drive back to Apple Valley. My sister wasn't interested so after our brief viewing at the elephant seals' rookery, we returned to the hotel and I went down for breakfast while she packed up the room. I had the Cavalier Special, which included two pancakes, an egg and ham with a glass of OJ. At $9.95, I thought it was an exceptional value especially since I was unable to eat the entire slice of ham (saving half for lunch later in the day). The service was equal to what we had experienced the prior two evenings, so it was apparent to me that they focus on assuring all of their guests have an outstanding experience.
I cannot think of a single thing that I could recommend for improvement or correction. Everything was just about as perfect as possible.
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