I just read your review and with all due respect, I didn't find anything in it to rave about.
I was also just in there..I was there with my husband a 2 grown children. First off, we did NOT receive any homemade hummus, as you did... And we did not have the Mgr. greet us either..Our waiter was nice but the food left a lot to be desired. And our wait was even longer than yours and the place was 3/4 empty.
Would I go back again. Maybe, but not for a long time.
Also by your review it sounded to me as it your meal was far from being desirable also.
I didn't say it was the best place in the world and I didn't say it was the worst. I merely said that the food was a little bland. That is coming from somebody who eats steamed veggies and brown rice all the time. If it was bland for me, it would be extremely bland for somebody who doesn't eat healthy. I also said to give them a chance because they're a brand new restaurant.
The owner told me they're still working on the menu and that it will be a "healthy" menu. Monterey had a sign on the window before they opened that said "Healthy California cuisine" or something to that effect. That is why in my review I keep bringing up the "healthy food" aspect. Maybe the food is far from being desirable to those who eat breaded fish and french fries all the time. Monterey isn't trying to be that type of place. They are going for something different. Eat some steamed broccoli once in a while and you will know what I mean.
Here is a summary of my review:
1. Hummus - good
2. Southern Asian Fusion - they were fine, but not too many choices for non-seafood eaters
3. Fllet mignon - good meat. cooked perfectly, but bland
4. Seabass - cooked perfectly, but too sweet. too much sugar.
5. no dessert.
6. As far as being "healthy" that is what the owner told me. So I assumed everything on the menu was supposed to be "healthy" because it wasn't.