Monday, August 15, 2016

Rosa Mexicano Review

For anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time, it's clear that I totally have a soft spot for tacos, and Mexican cuisine in general. While in D.C. before heading back to school in Baltimore, I pinpointed Rosa Mexicano on my must-see list, right up there with the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Air and Space Annex (both must see destinations in the city).

Rosa Mexicano is an upscale eatery that strives to showcase the regional flavors of Mexico with flair and finesse. Applauded for serving "elevated Mexican cuisine," Rosa Mexicano combines great food with an intriguing interior for a memorable dining experience. 

With gluten-free know how and plenty of options on hand, Rosa Mexicano is a restaurant I had high expectations of from the start. With such a high bar set, I hoped that the restaurant would be every bit as good as I had heard. 

With no advance reservations or warning, when I entered, the hostess asked if I needed a gluten-free menu. I was so excited that I did not have to ask my waiter for one, and saw it as a positive sign that they are proactive about identifying gluten-free customers.



Every table gets complementary chips and salsa. The chips are made in a dedicated fryer, which made me do a little happy dance, as it is rare I get to enjoy them. They are crispy, salted perfectly, and quite addictive. The salsa is flavorful, but not really my preferred style of salsa, with pico de gallo my preferred pairing with chips.



As an appetizer, I ordered the signature guacamole (how could I not?) which is made from scratch table-side. I loved how the server customized my blend, perfecting the amount of tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalepenos, and salt to complement the avocado. The guac is heavenly when paired with the chips, and every bite showcases the freshness and flavor of the produce. This is definitely a dish not to pass up, and makes a great experiential addition to the meal.



I originally ordered the chicken floutas, but the marinade used contains butter, so I had to pivot to plan B. In it's place, I ordered the fish tacos, which came with grilled corn on the side. The tacos contained an impressive portioning of fish on each one, which was grilled to perfection. Accompanying the fish was a white cabbage slaw, which added a coolness that was a nice contrast. The portioning of the tacos was more than filling, and I had a hard time eating all three after loading up with chips and guacamole. 

I did not try the side of corn, as whole kernels upset my stomach. The only modification needed to make these dairy-free was to omit the jalapeno-tarter sauce.



Included with meals is a bowl of beans and rice for the table to share. I liked the creaminess of the beans, which were pureed to a velvety smooth texture. I wish I had some diced onions or cilantro as a garnish, but they held their own easily.



By the time I made it to the rice, I could not eat another bite, so had to forgo sampling this dish. The rice looked tasty though, seasoned well and topped with cilantro. 



Rosa Mexicano is definitely a worthwhile foodie destination, namely for the luxury of safe chips and an abundance of tantalizing gluten-free options. Prices are substantial, but the portions are generous, and the fare delicious, so it definitely puts Rosa Mexicano in the splurge category in my book. Just a few blocks from the Archives and National Mall, the D.C. location is in a prime spot in the city. I definitely will seek out locations in other cities when I travel, and was impressed by their awareness of gluten-free diners' needs and willingness to check and double check to make sure my dietary needs were taken care of.


The Basics

Address: 575 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Website: rosamexicano.com
Cuisine: Mexican
Ideal For: Lunch, Dinner
Price: See prices on the menu here (D.C. menu).
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Special Feature: Make a reservation through Open Table right here

Disclaimer: This review is based upon the information I have at the time of the review and does not reflect changes in ingredients or availability of items. Please contact the restaurant directly for up-to-date information and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments. I was not compensated for this review and it is a reflection of my personal opinion.

Rosa Mexicano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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