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Jul 22, 2009 06:36 AM

Rosa Mexicano

I'm going with a party to Rosa Mexicano and would like to have a decent meal. I don't need to be dazzled. I just hate, hate being disappointed. What is a tasty appetizer, entrée, and dessert to have there? Thanks.

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  1. I had dinner recently at the one in NYC. I was so happy w. my dinner, that during my stay in DC this coming wk, I'm planning for us to dine at the one in DC. Their specialty appetizer is the guacamole they make table side. I found it to be delicious and of course, very fresh! I had the crispy pork shank, also wonderful flavors. And, I had the churros. I loved them, and the size is shareable.

    1. Get the guac, and then drink a half dozen margaritas, so you don't remember how bad the rest of the food is.

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      1. re: DanielK

        So you're saying the food isn't good at this location? Were you there recently?

        1. re: CookieLee

          Been there twice, first not long after it opened, and second time a little less than a year ago. None of the food was better than mediocre, IMHO, and better tableside guacamole can be had at Oyamel.

          In fact, better EVERYTHING can be had at Oyamel.

          1. re: DanielK

            I agree with Daniel. I have only gone twice, but would never go again. If you want good guacamole Cafe Atlantico's is just as good, and they have other food that is decent. If you have to go order something simple steak, pork etc something hard to screw up. Eat a lot of guac and drink your dessert.

      2. While it's not the best Mexican food I've ever had, it's a decent place with a lively atmosphere. I like coming here with a group of friends and getting a bunch of the appetizers to share. Depending on the number of people in your group, that might be an option instead of ordering a straight 3-course meal.

        If not, some of the items I've enjoyed are:
        - Guacamole (I like it spicy, they will adjust depending on your preferences)
        - Pomegranate Margarita
        - Alambre de Camarones (Shrimp Brochette)
        - Tablones (Short Ribs)
        - Carne Asada Tacos

        more info can be found on their online menu:

        I had a chocolate-based dessert there once (sorry, blanking on the name) that was v. rich but might be good for sharing.

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        1. re: gyozagirl

          Thanks, gyozagirl, for giving me some candidates as I have no choice about the restaurant selection.

          1. re: jrwalsh

            rosa is what I would call commercially ok mexican food but is more of a bar scene type place with great guac. I agree that oyamel and cafe atlantico is better

          2. re: gyozagirl

            To gyozagirl...I really appreciate your help. I printed your suggestions and although I was teased by my fellow party goers for having researched the meal, the ribbing ceased when they tasted my short ribs. I was pleased also! Good tips.

          3. I'm not sure why all the criticism. I've not been to Mexico City but have had three very good meals at Rosa this year, twice for lunch, when I had the roasted pork shoulder tacos (liked em), tortilla soup (loved it) and chicken tortilla pie (which was fine but would not order again) and once for dinner when I shared the crab empanadas (decent), the crispy pork shank (great, huge portion), beef mole (Rich but good) and fresh pico de gaillo.. Didn't order the guac because its $12 and too easy to make at home. Their margaritas are also very good. I enjoy Oyamel too but its different, with lots of smaller plates that are lighter in style that Rosa so you can get a lot of variety. The tres leches cake was good, but the baked alaska was a little weird. All in all, I think you can have a very good meal there. Entree portions are large and good for sharing or go easy on the appetizers. Enjoy. It's really not bad at all.

            1. It is decent Mexican food but it should not be compared to the two branches in New York, which are superior. It is a step above a place like Rio Grand, but probably not as good as Oyamel. All in all, it is a fun place that is not terrible, but not great either.

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              1. re: rappel75

                I wonder if part of the problem with Rosa Mexicano is the sticker shock. I've only been once or twice, and it was at least four years ago, but I had some trouble wrapping my brain around upscale Mexican. My previous experience was limited to fast food and low-key suburban places which serve cheap, delicious comfort food.

                Certainly there are more expensive restaurants out there, but if you think of Mexican as cheap and fun, a $30 special comes as a surprise. Rosa Mexicano is beautifully designed (if incredibly loud), but even the surroundings and the nicer proteins (like lamb) on the menu don't quite take the edge off the prices for me. I left feeling like Rosa Mexicano was 20% better and 50% more expensive than my local Mexican joint -- overall, not worth it. I did like the guac, though.

                1. re: pomme de terre

                  Completely agree with your assessment. I went once as someone's guest, and while the food was (mostly) adequate and the restaurant was fun, I was extremely glad not to be the one paying the tab. I'd go back again as a guest, but I'd press (if at all possible) for a different venue. I'm sure there is such a thing as great upscale Mexican that is worth these prices. Rosa Mexicana just isn't it.