The Brigantine Del Mar is popular among the locals for their delicious fish tacos, especially on Taco Tuesday. In fact, even local singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman is very vocal about her love of Taco Tuesday at The Brigantine.
But we didn’t come here for the tacos – we wanted to see a different side of The Brigantine Del Mar. This restaurant is packed for brunch, lunch and dinner and there is a good reason why.
With a great selection of seafood on the dinner menu, we had a hard time deciding which dishes to try. We settled on the popular Fried Calamari and interesting Crab & Shrimp Fondue to start our meal. The calamari had a light fluffy texture, with the breading not too overpowering. It came with two dipping sauces; cocktail with chunks of horseradish on top and a creamy jalepeno white sauce.
The Crab & Shrimp Fondue was my favorite though, since I’ve never had anything like it. I was expecting an overpowering fishy taste with the crab and shrimp, but the three different types of cheese mixed in perfectly to make a warm, gooey consistency that we ate with small pieces of crunchy garlic toast.
We continued the seafood theme with Crab Stuffed Jumbo Prawns, wrapped in bacon and Scallops Rockefeller for our two main dishes. We both noticed how the sauce and seasonings of each seafood dish was not too overbearing. You can actually taste the fish, which was extremely fresh. Normally when I order scallops at a restaurant, I’m bound to chew on a few shells, but I didn’t find a single shell this time.
Our meals came with potato salad with blue cheese crumbles and bacon, a delicious coleslaw, tasty rice and grilled vegetables on the side.
I saved room for dessert because I noticed they had Mud Pie on the menu. It was everything I had hoped for and a huge serving. The manager, Ashley, informed us they serve a complimentary Mud Pie for birthdays, so I know where I’m coming on my birthday next year!
We took a look at the brunch menu before we left and the $3 Bottomless Mimosas and “Puerto Nuevo” Style Lobster Omelet would be the perfect Sunday Funday without the long drive to Baja.
3263 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014