In Monterey we started to look for somewhere to eat breakfast. Years ago we had breakfast in a restaurant which was good but when we tracked it down we discovered it was now a Denny’s. I know a lot of people like Denny’s but it is not our cup of tea so we consulted Tom’s phone. Believe it not there is a little place almost next door to Denny’s called The Wild Plum which looked inviting. Problem solved.
From the outside, with a big pot of lavender by the door and a couple of tables with umbrellas, it looked very attractive. It is a bakery cafe. Inside it is small with no booths or stools at the counter. The floor is painted concrete with a lot of the paint missing in places. To me that looks much better than a dirty, greasy carpet. We were welcomed with a smile and told we could sit anywhere. It sure smelt good in there – fresh baked bread with a hint of exotic spice.
The menu was appealing too with lots of interesting items. The food is organic as well so that is another plus. Tom chose the Northwest Melt for $10.95. As it was too hot for oatmeal (which they did offer by the way), I went for the Bagel and Smoked Salmon Platter for $9.95. Tom was already enjoying his first cup of coffee which he said was as good as Peet’s.
Just a side note here, Tom is now roasting his own coffee and home. It is a new venture for him which he started a couple of months ago. He is really into it and he gets a lot of fun out of it. Strong coffee was always his preference but now he appreciates the flavor and complexities of the lighter roasts.
Time to contemplate our surroundings. There were four small abstract pictures on one wall which were colorful and a huge mural dated 2001 on another wall. One wall was taken up with a window and on the remaining wall a blackboard displayed some of their breakfast and lunch menu items. Underneath, a cabinet contained some of their tempting bakery goods. Soft music could be heard in the background. All in all it was a very relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.
Then our breakfast arrived and I was blown away. Tom´s plate was a sight to see with the chopped smoked salmon and mushrooms piled on top of a scramble and covered in melted mozzarella cheese with country potatoes and two pieces of fresh baked focaccia bread. Jam and butter in two small ceramic pots were placed beside his plate. Now to my plate, which looked amazing. Just wish we taken a photo of it. The plate was large and oval and so was the bagel. I had never seen a bagel that shape. Also on the plate were a large cube of cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, loads of fresh basil, blueberries, sliced strawberries and two sorts of melon – all fresh and juicy – and capers on top of a huge amount of the tastiest smoked salmon I have ever eaten. Not only was it a feast to the eyes but boy was it good to eat! Both of us thought we wouldn’t be able to clear our plates but we made a valiant effort and very nearly succeeded.
There was no restroom inside the cafe but I did visit the one in the shopping plaza and it wasn’t very nice.
Apart from that, as you can tell, we both really enjoyed our breakfast so there is no need to tell you that this is a place we will certainly return to again and again.
We definitely give The Wild Plum two thumbs up.
The Wild Plum Café, Bistro & Bakery
731 Munras Avenue Monterey, CA 93940