To celebrate its Best New Bars issue, Los Angeles magazine threw a party at Rosa Mexicano, a New York import that recently opened its doors at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. The party was happening, and along with fellow bloggers Caroline of Caroline on Crack, Esther of e*starLA, Liz of Food, She Thought, H.C. of L.A. and O.C. Foodventures, Josh of FoodGPS, and Wesley and Evelina of Two Hungry Pandas, I had a great time. The food, I wasn’t so much impressed with, though there were some good items.
The good: The desserts were my favorite of everything I tasted that night. Admittedly I didn’t taste everything that was offered; there was just too much. There was a churro cart outside with mini churros and two dipping sauces, raspberry and caramel. But the churros were so good on their own — with just the right balance between crunchiness on the outside and softness on the inside — that I prefer them without the sauces. There was also an ice cream cart with sweet potato rum raisin, Mexican chocolate and Mexican rocky road. I had the Mexican chocolate, which was basically chocolate ice cream with cinnamon, and it was OK, but I liked the other two flavors better.
The other food that I really liked was Rosa Mexicano’s guacamole, which the restaurant usually makes table side. While the traditional version was my favorite, there were a couple of innovative versions as well that I also liked: blue cheese and almond guac, and fruit guac with pomegranate.
The bad: There was only one dish that I tried that I really didn’t like, and that was a habanero sauce that topped the enchiladas. It had a strange flavor, kind of like the sauce that came with the turkey a la king frozen dinner I used to eat as a kid, and wasn’t spicy enough to be called habanero. Other than that, everything else was just OK. Tacos, apps, margaritas — all just OK. I guess that’s what happens when New York does Mexican food.
Special thanks to Caroline on Crack and Food, She Thought for letting me use their photos for this post. I forgot my camera that night. Seriously? Seriously.