Rosa Mexicano will open their first West Coast restaurant this Friday at L.A. Live and like the old Pace Picante ad would sneer, “this stuff is made in New York City!” While our city desires a Mexican restaurant from NYC about as much as we want bottled water from their polluted Gowanus Canal, Rosa has spent 25 years providing very good versions of dressed-up Mexican eats for displaced Californians long before the Puebla-immigration wave gave Queens its great taco trucks. Rosa’s menu will include duck tortilla pie, table-side guac, and a huitlacoche quesadilla, in addition to other rare regional specialties. Maybe Mexican food will give L.A. Lame Live some street cred, but we still think the festivity and molcajetes at nearby La Parilla will please skeptical Californians more. For now, take a look at their dinner menu entrees and tell us if you’re impressed:
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Ensalada con Atún*/ Tuna Salad
Avocado leaf-crusted seared rare tuna, served on a crispy black bean tostada
over jicama, mango, cabbage slaw with mixed field greens and tropical fruit salsa.
Alambre de Camarones / Shrimp Brochette
Grilled shrimp marinated in a garlic vinaigrette over house rice with onions,
tomatoes, serrano peppers and roasted tomato-jalapeño-caper sauce.
Mariposa de Huachinango / Red Snapper
Pan roasted whole butterflied red snapper, brushed with guajillo chile
and served with roasted tomatillo and garlic molcajete salsa.
Salmón en Manchamanteles*/ Salmon Filet with Tropical Fruit Mole
Grilled natural salmon over black beans with zucchini and roasted corn.
Served over a mole of ancho chiles and tropical fruits.
Arrachera con Camarones / Steak & Shrimp Stew
Grilled skirt steak and jumbo shrimp stewed in a roasted
tomato-chipotle sauce and topped with queso fresco.
Tablones / Short Ribs
18 oz. of grilled boneless beef short ribs served with a mestiza sauce
(tomatillo-tomato-chipotle) and rajas (slow-cooked Mexican peppers).
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