Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Santa Barbara's Luxury Hotel, The Bacara

This past weekend, my friend Caroline and I ventured out to the Bacara Hotel to check it all out and the food there. It's been under new ownership for a bit now, which has made locals happy as the previous peeps weren't all that kind to locals. Personally, I enjoy hotels during the holidays as they are all decked out with beautiful decorations so I was happy to scope that out.
We ate at the Bistro located near the pool, with view to the ocean...and the oil rigs...
We shared the Tuna Tartar to begin. The tartar was very fresh and the lemon zest mixed in there was, well, zesty! And tasty.
I then enjoyed the mussels prepared in a Pernod, tarragon sauce. The mussels were fresh and that oceany-sweet I enjoy so much. There were fries served with it, which were fun to dip in the delicious sauce, but weren't fries to write home about.
Caroline enjoyed the crispy skin salmon on potato puree and tomato confit and artichoke. She really enjoyed it. I took a taste and the salmon was moist and the puree smooth.
The service was great, but a the verge of being excessive. The prices for food were what we expected - being at a luxury resort hotel with ocean view and all....but the cost for the iced tea and the espressos we had was very high. $5 for an espresso?! Yikes.

Overall, a lovely lunch at the Bacara Bistro. Good place to treat yourself to a little vacation in your home town. The holiday decorations, by the way, were beautiful - large silver bulbs mixed in with bare branches and Monarch butterflies. Plus, they do tea tastings there, which I will soon be venturing back to discover.

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