Monday, March 9, 2009

Restaurante Del Parque - Ensenada

***** Note 5/4/09 Chef owner Jair Tellez is no longer operating Restaurante Del Parque. Jair is concentrating on Laja. No information yet on if someone else is taking over taking over.*****

Restaurante Del Parque was opened up several months ago by Jair Tellez chef/owner of Laja. The entrance to the restaurant showcases an unrivaled assortment of Bajas best wines. Browsing the boutique, named La Contra, you can find everything from the house wine to a 2235 peso Balache.

La Contra Wine Shop

The charming outdoor setting, complete with wood fired oven takes full advantage of Ensenadas Mediterranean like weather. Much like Laja, the menu at RDP revolves around seasonal and local ingredients. One menu item that has been available on all four of my visits is the Chamorro de puerco al horno (Slow Cooked Pork Shank) . The pork is so "fall of the bone" tender no knife is needed.


Another stand out for me is the Cachete de res en su jugo con purée de papas( Braised cow cheek au jus with potato purée).

Cachete de res braseado (Cow Cheek)

What I love about both Laja and RDP is the use of impeccably fresh ingredients. Something as simple as sausage or stir fried vegetables takes on new heights.

Chorizo caseros al horno
Homemade Chorizo

Vegetales Salteados con ajo tierno
Vegetalas salteados con ajo tierno

They're choices for everyone, pastas, salads, meats, fish, and pizzas. Many of the dishes along with the pizzas are cooked in the wood fired oven. My daughter is a big fan of the cheese pizza. She also loves to roam around the "park like" outdoor setting.

Woodfired Oven - RDP

Wood Fired Pizza - RDP

Restaurante Del Parque is perfect for a nice family dinner, intimate date, or if you just want to enjoy some local chesse and wine with friends. Restaurante Del Parque is located on corner of 6th Street and Moctezuma, Moctezuma #623.

Restaurante Del Parque Outside

Hours are 1-11pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sundays they are opened from 1pm to 6pm and Tuesdays they are closed.
(646) 178-8587



Anonymous said...

Dude that Slow Cooked Lamb Shank looks amazing, I cant wait to try that !!!

KirkK said...

Whoa MA - That lamb shank is calling out to me......

Anonymous said...

se ve riquisimo!

Masa Assassin said...

Oops I made a mistake on the initial post, its actually pork shank not lamb shank. I need to stop typing so late at night :P. Nevertheless kirk its delicious.

micaela said...

too funny, this post clears it up for us now... we *did* find the restaurant, it just wasn't open yet on Sunday when we were there! (we didn't see a sign that said Restaurante del Parque, so we weren't sure). It worked out fine since we decided to have lunch at La Guerrerense, and I already raved to you about them. We'll be hitting them first next time... tho I think we need to go for longer than just a weekend. Maybe we can plan a Chowhound weekend in Ensenada?

Masa Assassin said...

Sounds good Micaela, I think you will really like Restaurante Del Parque. La Contra the adjoining wine shop is a big plus, I usually pick up a few bottles for home.

Rumela said...

Wow!! Your Slow cooked pork shank came out beautiful. The colors look great. My mouth is watering looking at your pictures. What a wonderful meal. thank you for shearing your post.

Masa Assassin said...

Thanks Rumela thats still to this day the best I have had.