Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Del Mar Rendezvous and Giveaway

Please note, the giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to comment #44!

DH and I were lucky enough to be invited back to preview Del Mar Rendezvous’ Restaurant Week menu and host a giveaway for dinner for 2 at DMR.

DMR continues to remain one of the very few non-traditional Chinese restaurants I enjoy dining at. I’ve enjoyed a lot of the dishes I’ve tried and like how there are constant changes being made to improve the restaurant.

This time around, DMR will be offering their restaurant week menu until the end of January, so you can still visit DMR for Restaurant Week specials after the two weeks of the official Restaurant Week are over.

They are also offering three different menu price choices: $25, $30 and $38 prix fixe menus.

BBQ Short Rib Slices

One of the restaurant week exclusive dishes is this short rib appetizer. The Korean-style bbq short ribs are served without the bones. I’ve never enjoyed having to gnaw or cut off the meat from the short rib pieces when eating Korean bbq, so I was excited to see just the lean pieces of meat served. Much cleaner and simpler to eat.

Taste-wise, this was your typical average Korean bbq short ribs. Slightly sweet, marinated grilled meat.

Salt and Pepper Lobster Tails

The restaurant week exclusive entree this time is a salt and pepper lobster tails dish which I was really excited to try out (part of the $38 priced menu). The dish contains two Maine lobster tails, totaling 12-14 oz, accompanied with onions and bell peppers.

I’ve always favored the Chinese sauteed lobster preparation. It’s my second favorite way to eat lobster after eating it just simply steamed. So I was really excited to taste DMR’s version of it.

The lobster tails were chopped into smaller chunks, lightly battered and seasoned with a mix of salt, garlic, pepper, chili. It’s a very similar preparation to how lobsters are prepared at traditional Chinese restaurants in terms of flavor, though the Chinese preparation is usually a little wetter.

I thought DMR did a really good job. The flavors are slightly stronger but understandable given their general audience. I liked the dry preparation as it’s far less messy. The best part is that there are two generous-sized lobster tails in the entree.

Usually when this is eaten at a Chinese restaurant, it’s a dish included on one of the banquet menus or the higher priced large group menus. It’s traditionally 1 or 2 whole lobsters (since Chinese culture likes displaying the entire body with head on their sea and animal dishes), that is chopped up. Since it’s eaten family-style with such a large group, each person only gets one or two “good” pieces beacause the majority of the dish is chopped up parts of the lobster that have little or no meat. So it was definitely a treat to have two entire lobster tails in this dish and only have to share with one person. This was by far my favorite dish of the night.

Most surprisingly though, it was also DH’s favorite. He usually doesn’t care for lobster. When we get surf and turf dishes, he’ll usually give me his lobster tail. He really enjoyed the lobster preparation here though, preferring it over the broiled and butter or other Western preparations we’ve had.

Mongolian Rack of Lamb

The lamb chops were cooked to a perfect medium and very tender. The sauce was just alright for me. It was also served with sauteed green beans which I really enjoyed. I’ve been really surprised at how many Chinese restaurants in San Diego ruin sauteed green beans, but the ones here were cooked just right. They were tender without being too mushy or too oily.

Crispy Chilean Sea Bass in Yu Hsiang Sauce

There are three entrees priced at the $38 level and we were lucky enough to sample all three. Out of the three, I thought this one was the weakest. While the fish was very moist and tender and the filet portion quite large, the sauce was a little too sweet for me. The fish also lost most of its crispy texture due to it being drenched in the sauce.

Another option DMR is offering customers during Restaurant Week, is that you can skip dessert and get $3 off your check. This may be great for those who are too stuffed, still keeping to their New Year’s Resolutions, or maybe just don’t have a sweet tooth. Of course none of those things describe me, so we went ahead with dessert. DMR is offering all of their desserts to choose from for Restaurant Week.

Mud Pie

It’s hard to go wrong with ice cream and mud pie is essentially an ice cream pie. The hefty serving seems daunting, but we managed to polish it off.

Mango Sorbet

I’ve always enjoyed the mango sorbet here. The generous scoop of mango sorbet is served in a real mango skin shell.

Extra tip: If you plan on drinking while dining here during Restaurant Week, you should sign up for their Loyalty Program. It’s completely free to join and you accumulate points for each dollar you spend. But what I really liked is that they are always featuring some deal for loyalty members when you dine in, so that you don’t have to wait until you collect enough points to get something. For instance, while we were there, we saw they had discounted the lobster dish for loyalty members. Also for Restaurant Week they are offering half priced wine bottles and .88 cents on a second round of sake, beer or wine for members.

You can view the full Restaurant Week menu here.

Now onto the giveaway. DMR has generously provided me with a gift certificate for two to dine at their restaurant for Restaurant Week (which runs through January 31).  The gift card allows the two diners to dine at the $38 menu option. My giveaway will run until Sunday, January 20 8pm PST. I will then draw a winner via random.org. The winner must contact me within 24 hours so that I can mail them the gift card right away. Otherwise I will draw a new winner. This should give the winner enough time to redeem the gift card before the end of the month. Good luck!

To enter:

1. Leave a comment at the end of this post, telling me which dish you are most interested in trying from DMR’s Restaurant Week menu.

2. For an additional entry, like this post on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment at the end of this post telling me you’ve done so. Make sure it is a separate comment from your other comment entry so that it is counted separately.

3. For an additional entry, tweet the following message “Win a dinner for 2 at Del Mar Rendezvous for SDRW http://bit.ly/10a7ZfJ @kirbiecravings” Then leave a separate comment at the end of this post telling me you’ve done so. Make sure it is a separate comment from your other comment entry so that it is counted separately.

Please note, my meal was complimentary. My opinions, as always, remain my own.

Del Mar Rendezvous
1555 Camino Del Mar
Suite #102
Del Mar, California 92014
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65 Responses to “Del Mar Rendezvous and Giveaway”

  1. 1

    Shirley — January 15, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    OMG, your picture of the lamb really did me in. That’s what I’d order too!

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    Shirley — January 16, 2013 @ 12:00 am

    I went ahead and liked the post on Facebook. First (haha), hope that counts for something. I’ll be sure to retweet your post!

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    Shirley — January 16, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    As you can see, I’m quite diligent. I also retweeted your post on Twitter. I bet my bf would salivate at the Korean ribs you pictured earlier. haha

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    Thao — January 16, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    WOW! That Mongolian Rack of Lamb looks fantastic. I’d love to try that. And this is a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

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    Thao — January 16, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    I liked your post on FB! =) Thanks again for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  6. 6

    June g. — January 16, 2013 @ 4:19 am

    We used to live in San Diego….your photos make me miss it sooooo much:)

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    Christina — January 16, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    I love Chinese style prepared seafood (lobster, crab and calamari especially!). I would love to try DMR’s version of Salt and Pepper Lobster Tails. I can imagine the flavors melting in my mouth already!

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    Christina — January 16, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    I have liked the facebook post!

  9. 9

    Christina — January 16, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    I have posted a tweet on your behalf at https://twitter.com/xtina_love/status/291557095571062786

  10. 10

    Ami — January 16, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    LAMB!!! I love lamb :)

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    Ami — January 16, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    I also retweeted this post on Twitter!

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    caninecologne — January 16, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    HI Kirbie – I’m very interested in trying that lobster tail dish! And the short ribs too!

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    Sheila — January 16, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    I would love to try the Salt & Pepper Lobster Tails! But the Crispy Chilean Sea Bass in Yu Hsiang Sauce looks fantastic too!

  14. 14

    Sheila — January 16, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    I “liked” the post on Facebook!

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    Sarem — January 16, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    I tweeted the message. :)

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    Sarem — January 16, 2013 @ 8:41 am

    Salt & Pepper Lobster Tails would be something I’d love to try, and the Crispy Chilean Sea Bass. Oh, and I also noticed Duck Wraps on their menu. Yum!

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    Sarem — January 16, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I “Liked” the post on Facebook. :)

  18. 18

    Kate G — January 16, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    I would love to try the lobster tails, I love lobster and have never had them prepared that way!

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    Ana — January 16, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    I want to try them all. We have never been there, even though we are in the area a lot.

  20. 20

    Faye — January 16, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    Chilean sea bass!

  21. 21

    Cliff — January 16, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    i want to try the rack of lamb. looks like a giant spider

  22. 22

    Lalita — January 16, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    I would love to try the Mongolian rack of lamb and the Salt & Pepper lobster tails. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    Liked the post on FB under Lalita Dadlani Malone.

  23. 23

    K — January 16, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Salt and Pepper Lobster Tails!

  24. 24

    K — January 16, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Like on FB as well :D Would love to use this as date night!

  25. 25

    Sandy Headtke — January 16, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    The sea bass

  26. 26

    Jess — January 16, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    It has got to be the lamb chops!

  27. 27

    Sandy Headtke — January 16, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    I liked this post on facebook

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    Lalita Malone — January 16, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    I would love to try the Mongolian Rack of Lamb and the Salt & Pepper Lobster Tails.

    I liked the post on FB under Lalita Dadlani Malone, I am following you on Twitter and tweeted the message under @LalitaMalone1.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    Sandy — January 16, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    I would order the lobster in a heartbeat! And I always make room for dessert.

  30. 30

    Soo — January 16, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    I’d like to try the lobster!

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    Soo — January 16, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    I liked the post on facebook.

  32. 32

    Anne N. — January 16, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    I like to try the Salt & Pepper Lobster Tails.

  33. 33

    Anne N. — January 16, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    I liked your post on FB.

  34. 34

    Anne N. — January 16, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    I tweeted the message.

  35. 35

    Teresa — January 16, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    Lamb Chops!

  36. 36

    Lindsey W.B. — January 16, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    Oh, I won this one last time you did it, but it was so magical I’d love to try and win again :)

  37. 37

    Lindsey W.B. — January 16, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    I liked your facebook post and I’m dying to dig into that lobster!

  38. 38

    Audrey — January 16, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    The lamb by far is my #1 choice. The chops in the photo look so succulent!

  39. 39

    Audrey — January 16, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    FB post has been liked!

  40. 40

    Katrina B — January 16, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    The lobster looks so yummy! Thanks for another awesome giveaway.

  41. 41

    Katrina B — January 16, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    Liked on facebook too!

  42. 42

    Debbie Terry — January 16, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    I liked this post on Facebook

  43. 43

    Debbie Terry — January 16, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Salt and pepper lobster

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    Amy Hoang — January 16, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    Forget entrees, I want to try that mud pie! I have actually never heard of it before, but I love ice cream cakes so I figure it would be just as good.

    Thank you for the contest!!!

  45. 45

    Amy Hoang — January 16, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    I liked the post on FB.

    Thank youu!!!!!

  46. 46

    Brian Truong — January 16, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    Yeah! lamb Chops

  47. 47

    Lori — January 17, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Wow! The salt-and-pepper lobster looks great!

  48. 48

    Sara B. — January 17, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    The salt and pepper lobster tails. Mmm.

  49. 49

    Kelly — January 17, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    salt and pepper lobster tails look great! I would pick that. :)

  50. 50

    Kelly — January 17, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    I tweeted! @sdfoodtrucks

  51. 51

    Kelly — January 17, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    I liked the FB post! ba da boom!

  52. 52

    Lena — January 17, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    My husband and I would definitely want to try the lobster tails!

  53. 53

    Lena — January 17, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    I liked the post on facebook! I’d also love to try the mud pie!

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    gina — January 17, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    I think I would have to go with the Salt and Pepper lobster tails!!! Yum!

  55. 55

    gina — January 17, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    I also liked on FB!

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    Melanio F. (@MelanioFlaneur) — January 17, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    Definitely lobster tails yum!!!

  57. 57

    Aaron Alter — January 17, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    Just liked your page. Aaron

  58. 58

    Jill K. — January 18, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    It might be a last minute decision, but both the lobster and the lamb look amazing!!!

  59. 59

    Shelley — January 18, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    Seafood xo looks delightful! I’m definitely heading out to get in on some of this restaurant week action this weekend!

  60. 60

    Shelley — January 18, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Liked the post! Thanks!

  61. 61

    KF — January 20, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Liked on facebook!

  62. 62

    KF — January 20, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    tweeted on twitter!

  63. 63

    KF — January 20, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I’d like to try the lobster!

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    Brian Truong — January 20, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    I liked the post on fb. thank you!

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    Brian Truong — January 20, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    I also tweeted this post


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