I went to Rosa Mexicano in New York City last year and absolutely fell in love with everything from the tableside prepared guacamole to the seasonal vegetable tacos to the iced tea with fresh vanilla syrup. It was an easy 5 out of 5 sprouts for me. I recently found myself at a conference in Miami and had a long lunch hour one day. I talked one of my fellow conference attendees into joining me at the Rosa Mexicano- Miami in the Brickell Village neighborhood of the city. Ah, the disappointment.
It was a beautiful spring day and we chose to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. We immediately ordered the guacamole which is freshly prepared tableside. Apparently, if you sit outside, they don’t roll the cart out to the table and prepare it in front of you, they simply bring it to you already made. I wish we had known that or had been told when we had ordered it. The menu clearly boasted it was prepared tableside. It’s a neat touch, especially when you are trying to impress a colleague.
My colleague Lisa and I, both big fans of all things veggies, both ordered the Farmer’s Market Vegetable Tacos. Squash, mushrooms and brussel sprouts anchored apple pico de gallo and toasted macadamia nuts. Well…..the tortillas were good.
First of all, I am a huge fan of brussel sprouts. I prepare them at home often and I order them anytime I spot them on a restaurant menu. I have never had really terrible brussel sprouts out before. However, the sprouts here at the Miami Rosa Mexicano were so large, it would be next to impossible to cook them well. They were very chewy and very rubbery. Honestly inedible.
The other veggies were also too rubbery and chewy. Neither one of us ate more than half of our dish. Thank Goodness we had ordered a second basket of chips and salsa so we had something to nosh on. Our server never returned to our table to check on us so we were never able to tell anyone our dissatisfaction.
We also liked the black beans that accompanied our entrees.
The apple pico de gallo was flavored water sitting in the plate. The entire dish was terrible.
In the end we had to hand another member of the staff our credit card just so we could leave.
A few weeks later as I was back in New York City I went with my Mother to Rosa Mexicano again up there and ordered the same Vegetable tacos dish and it was fabulous. Everything was cooked perfectly and I was once again back in love with Rosa Mexicano. However, I would never recommend the Miami outlet. The food was awful and the bad service didn’t help. A very disappointing 2 1/2 sprouts out of 5- but only for the Miami location. Don’t pass Rosa Mexicano up if you find yourself in New York City, but maybe keep walking if you pass by in Brickell Village Miami.