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Ah…I remember when Atlantic Station first opened. There was such a buzz about it, the high-end restaurants, condos and apartments. I really had wanted to visit Rosa Mexicano Restaurant but Atlanta Station always seemed like such a hassle to get in and out of, I kept putting it off. But now, after Atlanta Station has been around for a while, I thought I’d give Rosa Mexicano Restaurant a try for lunch.
Four of us made an afternoon out of it, Rosa Mexciano was our first stop before visiting the King Tut Exhibit at the Atlanta Civic Center. I don’t know if this is the norm, but it seemed that all the tables around us were filled with those visiting Atlanta.
One of their signature items is the guacamole prepared tableside. I could have skipped this, but when we all saw the waiters preparing it we knew we had to give it a try and we weren’t disappointed. It is so fresh! I also love the fact that you get warm tortillas fill with the guacamole, it tastes so much better that way than with the chips.
I overheard a server telling another table that they had reduced the price to $10 from $12 for the guacamole. And that is for a portion for 2 people. I still think that is kinda pricey, but it was a nice treat. Unless you are starving, the portion for 2 will probably be adequate for up to 4 people. The portion for 2 was just fine for the four of us.
Warning of the two salsas you’ll get at Rosa the tomatillo y habanero is good but extremely spicy. The other red salsa – salsa pasilla de Oaxaca is horrible. It tastes like motor oil, yuck! Just skip it altogether.
As it was lunch, I didn’t want to drink too much, but thought a glass of sangria would go nicely with lunch. So, Glen and I decided to share a glass. They brought it in a really cute pitcher. Although it was technically 1 glass, it was enough for the two of us to share. It was very tasty and hit the spot!
As I do before visiting any restaurant, I try to peruse the menu before I get there so I have a good idea of what I’ll be having. This time, being no different, I opted for the Beef Enchiladas. Sounds very common but when you read the description, it is not your typical enchilada. It comes in a Mole sauce which our server described as being made of 23 different ingredients which include raisins, hazelnuts, plantains, chilis cumin and chocolate. I knew I had to try it once I read the description.
The funny thing is, if you opt to order that they strongly recommend that you try the sauce as it is somewhat unusual and as our server said you either love it or hate it. So, she brought some Mole sauce to try with chips. I wouldn’t say that I loved it or hated it, it was just very different than anything I tasted. But the more I ate of it the more I liked it. The best way I can think to describe it is like a spicy apple butter.
At Rosa, instead of getting the rice and beans on your plate they bring them in separate bowls to the table. The yellow rice we got was pretty good especially mixed with the mole sauce, but the beans were awful. They were completely bland and lacked any flavor whatsoever.
Glen had the pork tacos. Really this was shredded pork with various sides and more like fajitas than tacos. They come with a side of creamed corn lightly dusted with some sort of chili powder or pepper. Glen seemed to enjoy it pretty well. But watch out for those onions they are SPICY!
All in all, it seemed like pretty high end food, definintely not your typical chain type food. Of course, the price matched the quality of food. For four of us eating lunch, the cost for the guacamole appetizer, 4 entrees and a glass of sangria was $70 plus tip.
245 18th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30363
404 347 4090