It gives me great pleasure to write this thumbs down review of Del Mar in revenge for the number of times I have come away swearing I would never return. Why does this place get my heckles up? And why do I come back? OK, OK, one at a time. First, maybe it is the fact that every time I'm there they only seem to have one waiter. And that if you sit outside you almost always need to go inside to let them know that you have arrived, or to order anything else. The tables outside also don't have any condiments, or even napkins or toothpicks. Maybe it is the ridiculously small piece of butter served with the complimentary bread that gets my goat. Or the fact that said bread usually doesn't arrive for about 15 minutes. If it even arrives - today when I finally asked where the bread was, I was told they had none left. It might also be that the bread is not even tasty to begin with. Come to mention it, most of the food here isn't even that good either. Starters are tiny. Pasta is not cooked al dente. Risotto is OK. Most of the the other stuff is out of my usual price range. I don't mind paying for good food and good service, but given my experience with the cheaper items on the menu here, I'd rather go someplace else if I want to dine in style. The service is indeed reasonably friendly, but inept (no sugar brought with coffee, forgetting orders, bringing the wrong dish). And if you can't speak some Chinese you may have a hard time, as they speak very little English.
So why do I come back? I love the location. Sometimes if I fancy eating alone with a nice book and want to sit outside in a quiet, relaxed environment in Tongzilin, but can't face the stodge of Pete's Tex Mex, it seems like the perfect idea...alas, it never fails to disappoint.