We had lunch at Iris Del Mar yesterday. A white tablecloth restaurant in a lovely setting, near Torrey Pines beach. We sat on the patio, and waited. And waited. No waitress for oh, 20 minutes. Two busboys, wandering around without a clue. They wandered around aimlessly, handed out menus, and poured drinks. Finally, the waitress shows up. The waitress was overworked, since the busboys didn't do much. The patio is jammed. We were served some rosemary bread, with some nice unsalted butter.
The waitress recommended the pizzetta as an appetizer. The pizzetta had pumpkin seed pesto, duck confit, figs, and gorgonzola cheese. What a mess. The flavors all clashed, and ultimately, it didn't have any taste. I had the crabcake sandwich, with the biggest crabcake I've ever seen. The crab was fresh, but it needed more flavor. It was served with red pepper puree, fairly blah, and a giant hamburger bun. The bun was huge, not fresh, and not flavorful. The fries were nothing special, either. The grandson had the half-pound hamburger, a tasteless exercise in meat.
I had a small house salad. Their salads are very good, and what they are known for is their fried chicken salad. Anyway, on the house salad, they take a slice of brie, put crushed walnuts on it, and throw it on the grill, then they put it on the salad. Delicious.
All in all, after spending $160 for lunch, I was disappointed.