Del Mar al Lago might be on the top of the “best places you have never been” list, but it won’t be there long. Word is definitely getting out on this Peruvian Seafood joint, just across the street from RC Willeys in South Salt Lake. This review has a couple firsts for me, my first Peruvian place that I’ve really fallen in love with here in SLC, as well as my first seafood restaurant review.
First thing you have to know when locating Del Mar al Lago, is that it is not in a typical restaurant zoned area. If you know where RC Willeys is in South Salt Lake, the one with the huge mural on the side of the building of the killer whales, then you are close. It’s actually just across the street, and turns out the awesome seafood is there as well. The owners did a good job of decorating the outside of the building and making it stand out. Look for the bright blue awnings and you are there.
Del Mar Al Lago is not your typically cheap eats or quick service restaurant. Be prepared to pay between $15 and $20 for the entrees and house specials, but at the same time, the place is classy enough for a nice date night where you can expect a relaxed atmosphere with excellent service and beautiful presentation. Speaking of presentation, each of the plates come out on beautiful china and are well prepared. Makes you feel you are in a 5-star restaurant.
Each table is presented with a tray of the house sauces to sample. Our waitress told us the one on the left was spicy, but the one on the left was even spicier. While they didn’t bring out any bread or other item to try the sauces with, we found a few opportunities throughout the night to use them.
I highly recommend choosing the fried plantains as your appetizer. These guys absolutely knocked this dish out of the park. It was off the hook. (pun intended) the plantains were fried up to perfection without having the oily fried taste to them. The dipping creme in the middle was light and sweet and just perfect. Such a great sign when your appetizer knocks your socks off!
If you are not into ceviche or seafood, then I would absolutely recommend the lomo saltado, which are strips of steak and veggies onto a bed of house made rice and fries. We saw several of these dishes go out during our meal, and the dish was just amazing. The meat was seasoned and tender and delicious!
I went with one of the house specials, unfortunately I didn’t write down the name of the dish, and the Del Mar Al Lago website doesn’t have a menu currently, but the dish was absolute eye crack cocaine. So many vibrant colors and tastes, not to mention a little silver dish with a dancing flame coming out of it. Clockwise starting to the left of the fire, was a collection of fried fish, calamari, and shrimp. Next the house stir fry rice with shrimp inside, and lastly one of the many different ceviche. The ceviche took me by surprise. I’m not huge on sushi, so I didn’t quite finish off my ceviche, but I know quality when I see and taste it, so even though it wasn’t my favorite, the taste was excellent.
Del Mar al Lago is a fantastic place for flavor seekers looking for something a bit different. They do Peruvian food and seafood right here!