Happy Valentine’s Day! Today saw us driving down the road a few minutes to the Del Mar Highlands Town Center to enjoy brunch and this week’s restaurant of choice, Davanti Enoteca. In the car we had an extra passenger, Brad’s 1-year old grandson, Damek who had stayed with us overnight. We met up with Brad’s oldest Brandon and his wife Nadia at Davanti Enoteca for brunch.
Now I will admit this was our second time dining here for brunch. We had been here once before. In fact, as I think about it we were last here for Father’s Day 2015. It was Brandon’s first Father’s Day as a Dad and Brad’s first Father’s Day as a Grandfather.
We sat out in the patio area of the restaurant. I have yet to actually step foot inside Davanti. Last time we were on the patio too. But then when you have a gorgeous warm sunny day why would you want to be cooped up inside?
The patio area is nice and we were given a table in the back corner right by the stack of highchairs. We didn’t mind as we were away from everyone, had some extra room, which was handy as it gave us somewhere to put the baby stuff one seems to haul around with a baby. Thankfully we didn’t have a stroller with us. There was not enough room between tables to maneuver a stroller. In fact I found the tables a little cramped. But that could be because they had to make room for the Bloody Mary Bar. Yes, you read that right, they have a Bloody Mary Bar. Last time we were here the bar was inside. Today it was on the patio.
Davanti’s menu looked amazing and deciding what to have took some time. Last time I had the Eggs Benedict so I had to try something different. I was tossing up between the Avocado Toast, Pork Belly Hash & Eggs, and Steak & Eggs. By the time the waitress came back to take our orders I was down to Pork Belly Hash or Steak and Eggs. The Pork Belly Hash was quickly eliminated. It is prepared in advance and contains onions. Bummer! So Steak and Eggs it was. I didn’t mind as I love my red meat and Steak with Eggs is an awesome combination. Throw some extra crispy fries in there for Steak, Eggs, and Chips and I would be in heaven. But this dish came with smashed fingerling potatoes. For me that would be fine. Brad ordered the same but without the food allergies attached.
Brandon and Nadia both ordered the Pork Belly Hash & Eggs. They said it was very good. Darn those onions!
Brad, Brandon and Nadia all ordered the Blood Mary Bar. They had fun going up and creating their own unique Bloody Mary’s. But more about that from Brad later on.
When the food arrived I liked the presentation and the portion size. My fingerling potatoes were not smashed as the smashed version had onions in them. Instead I had roasted fingerling potatoes. My eggs were poached to perfection…soft with runny yolks. My steak was more on the medium well than medium. I keep forgetting to order medium rare for my steak. Most places when I order medium rare I get a perfect medium. Then when I’m in a place that knows how to perfectly cook steak then I get a perfect medium rare, which I love. But this one at Davanti’s was closer to a medium well than a medium, at least the meat was not dried out.
Brad’s Report: The Bloody Mary bar was very good. When you order a Bloody Mary they bring you a mason jar filled with vodka, ice and a strip of bacon. You then take it to the Bloody Mary bar and have some fun. Besides the Bloody Mary mixes there are tons of various items you can put into the drinks. Various types of olives including ones stuffed with blue cheese, various types of pickled items, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and other items. Of course if you like your Bloody Mary hot there is a large selection of various hot sauces that you can use. Take a look at the picture of the bar to get some idea of what you can do. If you prefer mimosa then at the end of the bar is a section setup just for you with various juice mixes and some fruit to add to your drink. While the Bloody Mary are not refillable the mimosas are.
I also had the steak and eggs, but without the substitutions that Helen had. While the food was good I was disappointed in the preparations. I request eggs over medium and the eggs barley came out over easy. The whites were barely cooked all the way through and the yokes were extremely runny. I requested the steak medium. At best it was medium well. While still juicy is it really that hard to cook a steak correctly or for that that matter eggs? Still the meal was tasty but the serving size may still leave you hungry for more.