First taste of Del Mar


PHOTO:  Me and my mentor Anita McBride (c) Sery Kim


Yesterday I had a chance to visit Del Mar, right now the most acclaimed restaurant in Washington, D.C. (See generally here.)  A dear friend hosted a woman's lunch there and I was so focused on chatting I hardly noticed the visuals of food being dropped, gracefully, onto my table.  I will say, when I entered, I was instantly drawn to the stunning decor.  I wish I could own a home as graciously decorated, as alive with color/light/textures and a kind-of sumptuous elegance, as Del Mar.  When I go back, I am definitely going to request a full tour!

PHOTO:  A Del Mar Salad (c) Sery Kim


Now back to the real item of interest, the food.  Despite its luminous reputation, I have not yet had the pleasure of eating at Del Mar primarily because when the restaurant first opened I wasn't able to land a coveted reservation.  Then, after a few months, there were just so many other restaurants opening in Washington, D.C., I honestly kind-of forgot about Del Mar.  Shame on me!


I say all this to justify two things.  Primarily, I failed to look at the main restaurant menu while I was there to know whether the marvelous dishes I tasted during lunch would be available to anyone and, secondarily, I failed to identify what I ate.  TOTAL FOODIE FAIL.  I chalk this up to the amazing 2 1/2 hour luncheon, as well as the spectacular conversations, but each dish blossomed with delightful tastes!  For instance, this salad above not only looked beautiful, it tasted even better.

PHOTO:  Our main dish (c) Sery Kim


I attempted to eat as much of the salad but while I was working the room my salad got picked up.  Oops!  I mourned the few forkfuls which didn't end up in my stomach and eagerly anticipated the main dish.  Everything Chef Fabio Trabbochi has created -- and taught -- his team really resonated with me in their dexterity and creativity.  For instance, the classic Surf and Turf was re-imaged with the meatiness of the Turf replaced by Morrel Mushrooms.  Combining this with the surf and tomatoes made the dish feel healthy yet a taste naughty.  I loved it.

PHOTO:  Dessert (c) Sery Kim


Instead of a chocolate dish, for us "Ladies who Lunch," this gorgeous pomme de tarte, deconstructed variation appeared.  I know it's terrible but I really wanted another one.  I was thiiiiiiiiiis close to getting one when I was volunteered to kick-off the question-and-answer period for our VIP guest.  Shoot!  Yet again, another reason why I am desperate to go back since I am a true dessert aficionado. 

PHOTO:  Copy of the menu (c) Sery Kim


If you had any doubts about whether you should go and dine, be sure to book your reservation ASAP.  I just booked mine for November and counting down the days!




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