Market Restaurant + Bar Del Mar
This is certainly one of the best restaurants in San Diego! The Market Restaurant + Bar is in Del Mar, just east of the race track. The exterior looks a bit like an insurance office (it shares a building with Sotheby's International), but the interior is luxe with dark walls, mirrors and chandeliers. I started with a fabulous tangerine cocktail - perfectly balanced and not too sweet. We received an amuse-bouche, compliments of the chef of salmon, egg salad and roe on rye. It was a delicious, smooth, blended bite. We split an appetizer of a blue cheese souffle paired with a small berry salad. The crisp salad was a nice contrast with the melting, warm, rich souffle. For entrees, I had duck breast; One friend had halibut; Another friend had a saffron ricotta ravioli with baby artichokes. We were all very pleased. My duck was cooked two ways. There was a confit on a bed of pureed turnips. The turnips offered a pleasant earthy, slightly bitter note and balanced the richness of the confit. The other half of the plate was the classic roast duck with sour cherries. It was on a bed of kale. Again, the vegetable offered a counterpoint for a dish that can often become too sweet. The portions were large, for a fancy restaurant. We didn't have room for dessert. The waiter gave us three house-made caramels. Next time, no appetizer, to save room for dessert! However, I will not dispense with the cocktail. Never!
|The blue cheese souffle and berry salad|
|My duck two ways. Both ways were great!|
|A vegetable lovers paradise! Saffron ravioli|
|Excellent! But, my bouche is easily amused.|