I’m wayyyyyyyyyyyy behind with my posts but I’m going to skip all the previous eats and blog about the “best new restaurant” in America, Rose’s Luxury. This is another one of those crazy waits as Rose’s was just rated by Bon Appétit as the best new restaurant last month and it doesn’t take reservations.
When I first researched on DC eats, Rose’s hasn’t been named best new restaurant yet so I didn’t anticipate the 2-4 hour waits… until the hotel concierge told me to arrive by 4pm to line up for dinner. Rose’s opens at 5:30……
We got there at 3:55pm and was 2nd in line. I made new friends while waiting in so it made the 95 mins pass by in a flash. They were foodies and gave great foodie recommendations for DC and NYC. Thanks!!!
By 5pm, there were around 80 people in line! A patrolling officer passed by and said this was the shortest line he’s seen…..
Rose’s Luxury serves southern comfort dishes with a Mexican, Asian and European flare. The chef had previously worked with David Chang, of Momofuku! which we would try at our next stop in NY.
bing cherry, basil, lime, ginger beer….very interesting combination and oh so refreshing.. I think I’ll add beer to my homemade juices now.
Our new friend in line has a friend who’s a frequent VIP patron of Rose’s … so all the dishes we ordered were his recommendations:
sesame bread with butter drizzled in honey and topped with sesame and salt.. the honey butter just turns normal bread into a sophisticated side..
pork sausage, habanero and lychee salad…. this is their most famous dish… This dish requires mixing to infuse the flavours together.. Interesting approach to an Asian salad…
when mixed together, it looks something like this
watermelon salad with feta cream, black olive oil and watermelon radish.. tasted very freshing with hints of sweetness and saltiness… but was it worth 12 USD for cubes of watermelon????? It seems like the chef likes fruit salad.. I should try making it too..
mexican grilled corn salad, guajillo, lime and cilantro…. simple dish but made with sophistication..
honey -glazed carrots, mascarpone, matzo meal and dill... I feel like this dish is very healthy and organic..yumm! baby carrots!
linguitinni with saffron, shrimp, butter and lemon… this was our most favourite dish cause it has the most flavour.. buttery and strong shrimp taste.. yummm
classic cacio e pepe…. this was a free sample! Classic cheese and pepper pasta…and even with this simplicity, this dish shines.
sfoglini rigatoni with melted heirloom tomatoes, basil and eggplant….. another classic pasta dish..but the sauce tasted very fresh… and obviously, the pasta was al dente.
English pea cake, mint curd, pistachios and buttermilk… This is ultimate dessert eye candy…. The presentation of this dessert is that of an English garden…
another view of the garden…. it’s too gorgeous to eat!
but I did eat.. and it tasted exquisite….. pieces of cake, mixed with all my favourite things, mint, pistachios and buttermilk.. ughhh so good!
goat’s milk stracciatella, raspberries, spicy meringue….. this was another free sample! The stracciatella, when paired with the spicy meringue, was a winning combination for the taste buds as it neutralizes each flavour. For those who don’t like goat’s milk, you can’t really taste it.
smoked celery root mascarpone with chamermile honey ice and brown butter-walnut crumble…. This was sorta like my breakfast yogurt parfait.. but not really.. as the ingredients used were so unique… smoked celery root.. Who would have ever thought of it?
Apart from the food, the dining experience at Rose’s also includes the environment, ambiance and the staff. As its name implies, dining here was really luxurious. I felt like dining at Anthropology.. all the woodwork and pretty plates. The staff were all so cheerful and seriously, where else have you dined at with free plates of samples?
So the questions I got asked most after dining here were:
Was it worth the wait? Yes, for 1.5 hours… but no if I had to wait longer than that…
Is it the best new restaurant in America? The food and flavours here are inventive and I had a great dinner.. but best? I haven’t eaten at other contender restaurants.
Would I go again? For the price, no. It came to around 150 USD for 3 people.. and we weren’t full! If there were new dishes (the menu changes frequently) and a short wait.. and if I lived in DC, then yes.
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, United States