The rumors are true. Staffers at the superlative Sunset Monalisa estimate at least one wedding proposal per night at this landmark Cabo San Lucas restaurant. And all it takes is one look around the cliff-side restaurant Sunset Monalisa to understand why. The views are stunning, and only executive chef Paolo della Corte could author a menu worthy of them. Stop at the Taittinger Terrace the on-site oyster and Champagne bar first and ask for a glass of bubbly. Gaze out at Land’s End as you soak up every second of jewel-toned sunset as you feast on creations like the oven-baked oyster in its shell with porcini mushrooms, black truffle, and mozzarella cheese.
Move on for dinner and try a taste of tuna tartare in chipotle and soy, or salmon tartare in lemon mousseline served with French bread that is made black by squid ink. A seafood soup scented with lemon grass is perfect when you don’t want to go overboard. If you are game, the octopus and porcini mushroom dish is worthy of a photo, along with risotto foie gras with Barolo wine reduction and glazed quail.
A prix fixe three-course dinner includes antipasti; a pasta, fish, or meat dish; and a dessert. Go for the works with six courses that are designed around seasonal ingredients (wine pairing extra). Desserts are just as decadent with a palate cleanser of beet sorbet served in an upside-down cone and followed by several indulgent choices. If you’re like me, opt for two: a chocolate sphere and a chocolate soufflé with anise foam. Valet parking. Km 6.5 on the tourist corridor, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 145-8160, www.sunsetmonalisa.com. Nightly 4 p.m.–10:30 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted. $$–$$$$ S.A.B.
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