Rosa Mexicano

This new mall-based Mexican does little to galvinise our tastebuds

Time Out Says

A popular chain of Mexican eateries in the US (praised by America’s domestic superstar Martha Stewart), Rosa Mexicano launched its Dubai empire last year with restaurants in Mirdif City Centre and The Dubai Mall.

Rosa Mexicano means ‘Mexican Pink’, hence the restaurant’s decor, since The Dubai Mall branch is a warm and welcoming mix of peachy, pink and orange tones. The large dining room mixes in a few details for added colour, from sombreros strewn over a counter, to framed illustrations explaining a few potential linguistic issues (e.g. ‘chihuahua’ refers to a cheese from the region and evidently not the dog). At the very back of the restaurant is a feature wall of water gently trickling over mosaic tiles that mirror the colours of an oil splash, with little diving figurines (that mimic the mall’s waterfall feature).

You’ll more than likely be greeted by the hostess at the door, and lead to a table, and in this vein, service is generally friendly and efficient, if a little shy and nervous in tone. The menu is not overly extensive, but offers a pretty good selection of expected Mexican favourites in a reasonably American-style. When taking our order, the waitress was on the ball enough to warn us that the fish taco pictured next to the ‘fish taco’ dish on the menu was in fact the hamachi taco (not the deep fried recipe). She was equally quick to warn us that this fish was raw. An example of good service skills. The hamachi tacos arrived as three tiny little crispy shell tacos on a (conversely) huge plate. Stuffed with minutely diced yellowtail, the first bite was fresh with an elegant truffle aroma, while a further bite gave way to a mayonnaise-doused and nearly cheesy richness that spoiled the initial impression.

The shrimp empanadas (another item from the appetiser menu) also induced mixed feelings. The dough casing was crisp and had a deep golden colour, but the shrimp was very finely minced then mixed with a strong flavour of onion and an even stronger flavour of cumin seeds, and as a result the dish was overwhelmed with flavours. However, the two fruit salsas on the side (mango and tomatillo), had lovely touches of sweetness and spiciness and were possibly the best thing on the plate.

The chicken version of the beef burrito (which wasn’t available) was yet another half-half affair. The tortilla was nicely griddled for a little crunch (but with no additional oiliness), but the finely shredded chicken had a salty processed quality to it. Nevertheless, there were no complaints over the accompanying sweet potato fries.

Rosa Mexicano is a fairly ordinary mall restaurant. The space looks lively and it’s full of Mexican colour (even if it isn’t full of diners), but the food is extremely patchy, if not extremely bad.

The bill (for one)
1x shrimp empanadas Dhs39
1x hamachi tacos Dhs55
1x chicken burrito Dhs55
1x fresh lemonade Dhs20
Total (excluding service) Dhs169

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 13 May 2014

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PMMonday: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PMTuesday: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PMWednesday: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PMThursday: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PMFriday: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PMSaturday: 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Show number +971 4 388 2505
Dubai, Burj Khalifa Area, Dubai Mall

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