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Cost
R170 avg main meal
Ambience
Contemporary cool
Food
Mexican
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Sandiso Ngubane

Food
Del Mar is a Camps Bay favourite, with a modern Mexican menu that will have you salivating just reading what’s on offer. Everything sounds delicious and lives up to expectations. The menu boasts a modern twist on Mexican classics like tacos and tortillas – some soft; others crispy, depending on your order. The chimichanga, for example, is a crispy tortilla stuffed with pork and guacamole with rojo rice – a delightful mix of flavours that goes down well with their black bean dip. This is offered up by the waiter alongside a bowl of tortilla chips while you wait for your order to arrive.

Other mains include a beef rib eye with mushroom tequila sauce, and the atún al adoro – grilled tuna with adobo marinade. The salmon achote is the fish, grilled and marinated with achote and chillies.

The assortment of tacos include the camarones asados, which is grilled prawns with peppers and onions. The barbacao is a delicious serving of slow-roasted lamb, and the Cartinas de Puerco is the lip-smacking slow-cooked pork taco dish.

Drinks
All you probably expect from a Mexican establishment is on the menu, alongside a wide selection of wines. Make a pick between reposado, pomegranate, patron and other margharitas, or opt for a caipirinha. They have a vast list of tequila shooters, and the beer selection features a variety of craft brands as well as Heineken and Windhoek.

Service
Attentive and quite helpful with a menu that can be rather daunting.

Ambience
The restaurant is on Camp’s Bay famous Victoria Road strip, meaning you can dine while enjoying the sight of crashing waves from inside the clean black, white, and dark blue interior that gives it a sophisticated feel one expects from establishments in this area.

And…
If you are looking for a vibrant atmosphere it is best to go here for dinner, as it can feel rather empty during the day.

(September 2016)

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  • Jeanne Calitz

    Food
    Del Mar delivers high quality cuisine brimming with bold Mexican flavours. It comes at a premium, but if you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed. The starters menu holds some interesting options, but in truth it’s hard to drag your attention away from the lure of the ceviche. Pick and choose between three options, each containing two or more types of seafood marinated in a variety of fragrant liquids. Of the Ceviche de Pescado, the tuna in its little pool of coconut milk, chilli and lime, is fresh and fragrant, while the salmon, swimming in orange juice flavoured with ginger and peppers, is a delicate treat. A further starter of Tamal camarones – steamed masa parcels with prawns and a fantastic tomatillo sauce – is equally impressive. Moving on to mains, we delve into grilled tuna with adobo marinade (served with a choice of rice cooked with green chilli’s, delicious) and marinated chicken with lots of peppers, onions and chilli’s, served with small, soft homemade tortillas. Really, there’s nothing to fault here – the food is uniformly excellent. This is Mexican dining for special occasions and big budgets, but the quality is undeniably excellent, and the portions generous.

    Drinks
    Being a Mexican restaurant, the wine list is concise but well selected, with enough choices to suit the basic and the blowout budget. But really, tequila is the name of the game here, and they deliver with quite a few tempting margaritas (including a pomegranate version that I’d very much like to try in future) and no less than 18 tequila and mezcal options.

    Service
    Very attentive. Staff members show a thorough knowledge of the menu and are happy to make recommendations. Some small, nervous mishaps here and there, but nothing that will ruin your evening, and it’s early days yet.

    Ambience
    Classy, clean lines set the tone. The place to be, if you can get it, is at one of the tables facing the beach, where big windows slide open to let the night drift in.

    The verdict
    The fact that you pay separately for some of the accompaniments – like the salsas and guacamole – does mean the bill runs up rather quickly. Keep in mind perhaps that you get what you pay for – the guacamole at R40, for example, is almost ridiculously moreish, and enough for two. (Theoretically, that is. I had severe trouble parting with the bowl.)

  • Jeanne Calitz

    Food 

    As soon as you step into Del Mar, a new addition to the Bukhara group, you’ll realise this is not your run-of-the-mill cheap-and-cheerful Mexican joint. There will be no tepid avo-mix masquerading as guacamole here, nor taco’s smothered in heaps of plastic-tasting cheese. Instead, Del Mar delivers finely crafted plates of quality food brimming with bold Mexican flavours. It comes at a premium, but if you can afford it you won’t be disappointed.

    Start off by munching on the freshly made taco chips and two salsas brought to the table, one a spicy red roast tomato and garlic mix, the other a vibrant green blend of coriander, tomatillo and avo, bursting with bright flavours. Speaking of salsas, the menu features no fewer than nine types, including a habanero salsa we hear from reliable sources is absolutely addictive – if you’re brave enough to try it (habanero being the kind of chilli that will clear your sinuses for weeks after ingestion – here be dragons.)

    The starters menu holds some interesting options, but in truth it’s hard to drag your attention away from the lure of the ceviche. Choose from three options, each containing two or more types of seafood marinated in a variety of fragrant liquids. Priced at R90, the Ceviche de Pescado may seem expensive, but when the dish arrives – tuna, salmon and line fish individually marinated in various flavours, each in their own shot glass, and arranged on a bed of ice – it feels like you’ve won some sort of prize. The tuna in its little pool of coconut milk, chilli and lime is fresh and fragrant, and the salmon, swimming in orange juice flavoured with ginger and peppers, is a delicate treat. A further starter of tamal camarones – steamed masa parcels with prawns and a fantastic tomatillo sauce – is equally impressive.

    Moving on to mains, we delve into grilled tuna with adobo marinade (served with a choice of rice cooked with green chillies – delicious) and marinated chicken with lots of peppers, onions and chillies, served with small, soft tortillas. Really, there’s nothing to fault here – the food is uniformly excellent. The fact that you pay separately for some of the accompaniments – like the salsas and guacamole – does mean the bill runs up rather quickly. Keep in mind perhaps that you get what you pay for – the guacamole at R40, for example, is almost ridiculously moreish, and enough for two (theoretically, that is; I had severe trouble parting with the bowl).

    I’d love to say we investigated the dessert selection as well – they serve their churros with a chocolate and dulce de leche sauce, for goodness’ sake – but in truth the mains portions were so substantial we couldn’t even consider it. It’s something to keep in mind for the next visit.

    This is Mexican dining for special occasions and big budgets. The quality is undeniably excellent and the portions generous.

    Drinks 

    Being a Mexican restaurant, the wine list is concise but well selected, with enough choices to suit the basic and the blowout budget. But really, tequila is the name of the game here, and they deliver with quite a few tempting margaritas (including a pomegranate version that I’d very much like to try in future) and no less than 18 tequila and mezcal options.

    Service 

    Very attentive. Staff members show a thorough knowledge of the menu and are happy to make recommendations. Some small, nervous mishaps here and there, but nothing that will ruin your evening, and it’s early days yet.

    Ambience 

    Classy, clean lines set the tone. There is nothing superfluous in the décor; everything speaks of quality and careful consideration. Crisp white tablecloths over dark wooden furniture are adorned with quality stemware, and I am particularly taken with the variety of custom crockery in grey and charcoal, which have clearly been selected to let the food shine. The place to be, if you can get it, is at one of the tables facing the beach, where big windows slide open to let the night drift in.

    And… 

    The fact that you pay separately for some of the accompaniments – like the salsas and guacamole – does mean the bill runs up rather quickly. Keep in mind perhaps that you get what you pay for – the guacamole at R40, for example, is almost ridiculously moreish, and enough for two (theoretically, that is; I had severe trouble parting with the bowl).

    (September 2015)

User reviews

  • Went to dine for my birthday with two other people, we were so dissapointed with the whole experience. Waiters that don't smile, no salt or pepper, prices over the roof for little quality. Order two dishes, each of us did, none was good. My vegetarian fajitas were just peppers with two mushrooms a spread of guacamole and tortillas for a extra price. This is the worst mexican restaurant I ever been, just dissapointing all together. Yes I been in México, Im from Costa Rica and I can tell you, value your money, don't spend it in this place.
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  • Went to Del Mar for my birthday dinner. We were a table of 7, and what a great experience! We tried a little of everything and I have to say, I was impressed. This is authentic, real, Mexican food. Not the Tex-Mex crap you get everywhere else in South Africa (being an American, I know and love my Mexican food). This is "up-market" Mexican. Our waiter Dylan was a star - very knowledgeable about all the dishes available and he made GREAT recommendations! Great margarita and tequila selections as well. You must give Del Mar a try, you will not be disappointed!
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  • It's simply AMAZING!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Wheelchair

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