Tuesday, December 20, 2011


An architecture of bright colors, a waterfalls and tall windows span the walls of Rosa Mexicano, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The location at 609 Hennepin Avenue, in the Minneapolis' entertainment district, is one of twelve in the United States where you can expect true Mexican fare that is far from Tex-Mex. I was looking forward to partaking.

Behind the waterfalls was a lounge that had a bar as well as tables and chairs. Abutting one side was another room which I understood used for the overflow of customers or private events. I was seated in the main dining room.

Although a Frozen Pomegranate Margarita is their signature drink, I opted to save my alcoholic intake for after dinner. The menu gave a detailed description of the food along with a marking so that I would get the caliber of the heat. "Mild" is my choice!.

Guacamole en Molcajete is prepared dinnerside. Since 1984 they have been serving freshly made guacamole with avocado, jalepeno, tomato, onion and cilantro. If there is an ingredient that you are not particularly fond of and want eliminated, do not hesitate to share this. Warm corn tortillas, tortilla chips, salsa pasilla de Oaxaca and salsa de tomatilla y habanero accompanies this appetizer.

Well, let's call it a pre-appetizer as I had another one. Tartar de Serviola. Pacific Yellowtail aka Hamachi Tartare composed of diced yellowtail, watermelon, cucumber and jicama served with a tomato habanero sauce and jalpeno ice.

Next course. Filete Con Hongos, a sliced up filet mignon covered with a wild mushroom, tequila cream sauce and sauteed red and green peppers. Black beans and yellow rice accompanied this savory delight.

It was quite difficult choosing a dessert and the one that won out was the Tres Leches de Zarzamoras and Blackberry Three Milk Cake. The sour cream pound cake is soaked in three milks, lemon and lime,topped with an assortment of berries as well as an hibiscus glaze and toasted meringue.

Having chatted with Ryan, one of the managers, he had suggested the after drink. It was a shot of tequila with a chaser of Sangrita, made with a fresh tomato juice, worchestire suace and chaula. Totally tasty. www.rosamexicano.com

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