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As Rosa has expanded nationally over the years, its upscale take on Mexican standards has dissipated somewhat. But surprise, surprise: The cuisine at the new South Beach branch boasts strong, cleanly defined flavors; the service staff works with relay-team efficiency; and a festive ambiance prevails. Among starters, don't miss the red snapper tostadas: lime-macerated cubes of fish sprinkled with baby arugula leaves, queso fresco, Serrano chilies, truffle oil, and bacon crisps. Zarape de pollo rocks too, with moist, sassily smoked-and-seasoned morsels of chicken sandwiched between two corn tortillas and bathed in yellow-pepper/habanero sauce. A basket of corn tortillas with pronounced notes of corn and slaked lime come alongside juicy strips of carne asada in a mini-cast-iron skillet with melted Chihuahua cheese - a make-your-own taco kit. Vegetarians can build their own tacos from a skillet of mixed vegetables, red beans, and flax-seed tortillas. Rosa's mellow mole Veracruz is one of the better restaurant versions, here bathing shredded beef enchiladas. A more unusual treat presents two roasted ancho chiles rellenos swelled with shredded lamb shoulder and cabbage in pipián sauce. Other main plates ($15 to $27) include short ribs, pork shank, and steak and shrimp stew. Desserts ($7.50 to $8.50) are prepared in-house by pastry chef Jai Kendall. Banana chocolate-chip cake funneled with peanut butter mousse and topped with chocolate syrup and cinnamon-swirled banana ice cream might sound a bit overwrought, but just say yes.
Time to bust out the cervezas and margaritas! In honor of El Grito this Sunday (that's Mexican Independence Day, for those of you who didn't know), we gathered three places where you can slap on a p... More »
Local craft beer is here in Miami for all to try at the Brews n' Bites craft beer tasting event this Wednesday at Mary Brickell Village. It kicks off the United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival. There... More »
Is Jonathan Waxman's haroset better than Bubbi's? Find out for yourself at Rosa Mexicano's with a Mexican-themed Passover menu that covers gefilte fish and beef brisket for a true taste of home (sound... More »
Jonathan Waxman's Mexican food roots lead us on a winding road from Chez Panisse to Rosa Mexicano. Growing up in El Cerrito, California, apparently influenced his choice in "go-to comfort food," Last ... More »
Jonathan Waxman's early resume includes La Varenne culinary school in Paris, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, and his own iconic Jams. That he has just been named "chef-in-residence" with Rosa Mexicano might... More »
Visited June 9th, 2012
The place looked attractive and we thought Mexican food would be a great choice...BOY! DID WE MAKE A BAD CHOICE!!!!! This "ROSA" was full of thorns!
First, we sat outside and within minutes the nazi hostess shows-up at our table. Not to welcome us but to advise us that in the future we must first see her to be seated (note: she was not there when we arrived and there was no sign indicating any seating rules. NO SOUP FOR YOU!)
Second, The "Food"...I am not reluctant to pay for quality food and service but this was equivalent to getting held-up in a dark Mexican alley in Tiajuana. The menu was quite pricey for a "Mexican" restaurant but we figured that it would be quite worth the experience...OH,WE WERE SOOOOOO WRONG!
The "food" arrived on plates that looked like ashtrays. On these ashtrays we discovered tiny portions at $31.00 a pop (keep your hands up and nobody gets hurt, cholos).
Third, My suggestion: Next time you are on Lincoln Road, do yourself a favor and KEEP WALKING when you get to this black-hole of a "restaurant". Better food and service can be found at your local TACO BELL...RUN FOR THE BORDER!!!!!
Miami, Fl./Savannah, Ga
Rosa's outdoor tables sit by lily-pad ponds on the black-and-white stone mosaic of Lincoln Road's trendiest block -- right at the base of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed building, SoBe's newest landmark. The soaring 3,500-square-foot indoor space (with 108 seats inside) is a dazzling realm melding the spirits of Mexico and South Beach. Both cultures, after all, exude a fondness for bright colors and a live-free-or-die attitude. No, wait, that's not Mexico, but New Hampshire in the... More »
Rosa Mexicano brought upscale and authentic south-of-the-border fare to New York City in 1984. It is still thriving there, and in recent times has expanded to new territories; this past year it moved into Mary Brickell Village. A new Rosa Mexicano tribute CD has just been released, in which mostly long-in-the-tooth rockers do covers of their past hits but with reworked lyrics. Here is a sampling:• "(I Know) It's Only Guacamole": "But I like it, like it, yes I do," sing the toothless... More »
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