Rosa Mexicano, Seaport, Boston

The first Rosa Mexicano was open in 1984 and restaurant fifteen recently opened in Boston’s Seaport area. The Mexican chain franchise are mostly based in New York, D.C., Miami and LA and entrees are priced at $15 to $30.  We are surprised there is another new Mexican restaurant at the waterfront, given the fairly new introductions of Temazcal (BMH’s review of Temazcal Tequila Cantina) and Papagayo.

Featured at the front of the restaurant entrance were Rosa Mexicano products including salsa and a cookbook.

We enjoyed the funky tiled art which was featured throughout the dining room.

The dining room was spacious and we felt the restaurant was a well oiled machine. There were several servers ready and on hand, constantly checking in and refilling water.

We particularly liked the blue titled back splash.

We shared an order of the Guacamole en Molcajete which was prepared table side. The guacamole was served with two salsas and tortillas and served 2-3 people for a $14 per order. We really enjoyed the two salsas, especially the green tomatillo salsa and wish we had more. The guacamole itself was fresh, however missed a bit of acidity.

Our elote order came with three grilled  corn “on” the cob smothered in crema, chile and cheese, presented on a banana leaf for $ 5. The corn was fresh, however again, the corn was missing some acidity. The corn was covered in chile and cheese, however there was a missing layer of flavor. We prefer Toro’s elote to all the Mexican corn we have sampled in Boston.

If we were in the Seaport area and wanted to try Rosa Mexicano for a proper meal, we would try the Pescado de Baja Line-caught crispy local fish, jalapeño tartar sauce ($16.50), Queso Fundido Melted Chihuahua cheese served in a cast iron skillet ($9.75), and for dessert sample the Churros en Bolsa Traditional Mexican doughnuts served with three dipping sauces: chocolate, caramel and raspberry guajillo ($7.50).

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