Paula & Tim Miller
The Carriage House Inn
Restaurant Review – Great Deal and Good Food at Del Mar Restaurant, formerly Roo Bar’s of Chatham
Housed in a former Friendly’s building on Main Street in Chatham, Del Mar is the newest restaurant incarnation at this convenient location. Just a 5 minute drive from the Carriage House Inn, Del Mar offers up a wonderfully eclectic menu and contemporary atmosphere. The main part of the restaurant has a comfortable bar to eat and /or have a beverage. The front part of the space is all big comfortable half round booths. There is also table seating opposite the booths. In the summer they have a large covered area which probably doubles the size of the restaurant and is great for large parties.
We have loved the fabulous selection of appetizers and wood fired pizzas for a quick delicious meal for months. Our all time favorite appetizer is the Oysters Rockefeller-fire roasted with bacon, spinach and Sambuca cream sauce- I think it’s the Sambucca cream sauce that makes them taste so great! What brought us here this time is the remarkable prix fixe deal they have going on now. For 18.00 – 20.00 you get a 3 course meal with a choice of soup or one of the several salads, entrée and dessert. This menu features nice selections such as Pan Roasted Salmon, Seared Tuna Au Poivre and Herb Roasted Chicken, and the entrees changes nightly.
We tried the white bean and escarole soup and Caesar Salad for starters. Both were very good and a good size. For entrées we chose the Mac and Cheese with pancetta and grape tomatoes. This was made with orrechiette pasta, fresh herbs and a nice amount of toasted breadcrumbs. It was homey, comforting and delicious. Paula had the pan roasted salmon on top of a grilled vegetable Israeli cous cous salad with arugula and lemon vinaigrette. For dessert we had a chocolate torte with raspberry sauce and the chocolate chip cannoli both were delicious and rich. All in all Del Mar is wonderful food for an even better price, and it’s currently open 7 days a week for dinner.