Rosa Mexicano which means “Mexican Pink” was founded in 1984 in New York. Fondly known for specializing in unfamiliar, elevated versions of Mexican cuisine, Rosa Mexicano managed to redefine expectations for over 30 years now.
All of their award winning dishes remain faithful to the traditional roots of Mexico while incorporating regional accents and inspired innovation.
When we stepped into the Dubai Mall branch, we were overwhelmed with a vibrant and festive atmosphere. We noticed loud hues of purples, pinks, reds and oranges that distinctively set the restaurant apart from the rest. We also loved the dramatic architectural details of the water walls and the hard crafted furnishing that seemed rustic yet stunningly modern.
However, the vibrancy of the decor doesn’t take away the spotlight from the food; the humble, wholesome Mexican food that is addictively satisfying.
For instant, a staple at any Mexican restaurant – Guacamole En Molcajete which is a famous preparation of Rosa Mexicano since 1984. Usually consumed as an appetizer, this dish is made with fresh Avocado, Jalapeño, Tomato, Onion and Cilantro ground up in a traditional lava rock mortar and prepared table side. Served with Tortilla chips, Salsa Paa De Oaxaca (which is a milder salsa) and Salsa De Tomatillo Y Habanero ade (alot more spicy due to the use of habanero), this dish is a favorite and Rosa Mexicano sure know how to do it right. The quality of avocados used in the guacamole is premium, which make the guacamole the best we’ve had.
We also relished the “Tablones” or “Slow Braised Short Ribs” which are marinated boneless beef short ribs served over a smoky tomatillo tomato chipotle sauce and topped with tricolored roasted peppers. The beauty of this dish would have to be the presentation and how perfectly tender and flaky the beef was. The sauce was mild enough to highlight the flavor of the beef. Also, the dish tastes amazing with beans.
Another favorite was the Shrimp Tacos which was filled with Seasoned Mayonnaise, Poached Shrimp , Mexican Salsa, Mint, Parsley, Cilantro, V
Capers and Olives and topped with Pickled Onion, Fresh Cilantro and White Onion. When it comes to Mexican street food, tacos are our favorite! And the tacos at Rosa Mexicano didn’t disappoint. These little pockets were bursting with flavor, textures and color. The shrimp was cooked beautifully too and went well with the sauce and ingredients.
We relished the Crispy Stuffed Chicken too, which was a Crispy Breaded Chicken Breast stuffed with Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes and Cheese, lightly topped with sour cream and served with Cocida sauce which is a mildly spiced cooked tomato sauce that went perfectly with the chicken.
For desserts, we couldn’t take our eyes off the “Pastel De Platano Y Chocolate” or Banana Chocolate Chip Cake on the menu. So we had to order it. The cake is filled with peanut butter mousse and topped with dark chocolate sauce and vanilla icecream and tasted delicious. Although we didn’t find the dish “authentic” to its mexican roots, it was delicious nevertheless.
The “Churros En Bolsa” or Hot Mexican Donuts on the other hand was pure Mexican and absolutely delicious. The dish is served with three dipping sauces – chocolate, caramel and strawberry and served in a pink paper bag. The churros were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Deliciously addictive to say the least.
We also enjoyed the Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate that had a lovely hint of cinnamon (one of the best hot chocolates we’ve had) and Cafe Mexicana which was drink comprising of hot and cold coffee topped with whipped cream.
Guacamole En Molcajete – Dhs54
Tablones – Dhs94
Shrimp Tacos – Dhs56
Crispy Stuffed Chicken – Dhs59
Pastel De Platano Y Chocolate – Dhs26
Churros En Bolsa – Dhs22
Ambience – 3.5/5
Food – 3.5/5
Service – 3.5/5
Value – 3/5