800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Last night in partnership with Los Angeles Magazine, Rosa Mexicano opened its doors to media and frinds alike to share its perspective on Los Angeleno Mexican food and entertainment in the L.A. Live complex, right next door to Flemings and around the corner from the Staples center.
While Rosa Mexicano did not seem to make their list of L.A.'s best new bars (maybe Rosa is too new?), everyone still had a great time sucking down creative libations, tequila shots and Mexican beers, and Los Angeles Magazine was definitely a firm presence in the house
Rosa's bar is gorgeous, definitely fiesta themed with leopard print stained glass, rattan light fixtures and every tipo de tequila a drinker could want for sipping or mixing.
Three main cocktails being pushed last night were the hornipolitan (my personal poison, I might have had three), pomegranite margaritas (delicious), and a classic margarita.
Servers walked the vast rooms carrying trays laden with mixed drinks, beers and hors d'ouevres.
Adjoining the bar was a large dining room, with tables cleared away to make room for many stations of classic Mexican offerings. This was the guacamole/salsa table. I am told there were three kinds of guac...three. All very chunky and handmade in the following bullet proof glass antechamber.
Below is the quesadilla station.
Delicious mini-quesadillas in corn tortillas. In the rear, you can barely see a flore de calabasas, probably my favorite. In the foreground you see a black bean and corn quesadilla drizzled with crema fresca. Chorizo quesadillas were also being constructed, but I didn't try one of those.
Upon arrival at 7 PM, the bar was busy but not insanely crowded. Eventually this booth became packed with food bloggers. Two Hungry Pandas (W & E) , Food GPS (J), e*star LA (e), Caroline on Crack (C), Shop, Eat, Sleep (M) and my own sexy date LA-OC Foodventures. Thanks, H.C., for making me your +1, I had a great time!
Rants and Craves. Pam, it works. But my taste buds are primed for the spiciest food on the planet after eating a boatload of wasabi with my sushi for Sunday lunch, followed by an extremely spicy pho from Pho 87 for dinner.
The evening was packed with guests enjoying the offerings of Rosa Mexicana. Open already a couple of weeks, I understand the menu is not inexpensive. However, they are not marketing to my homeys at El Compadre. I think Rosa's target is young urban professional working in the downtown area or heading to Staples for a sporting event. Personally always looking for alternatives to watching bball at home during Laker season, the many large flat screened tvs in the very comfy looking bar are going to be a real draw come late October.
PS: There were some rumblings about someone locking their bike to the churro cart? OMG. WHO would do such a thing? WHO would be so inconsiderate to stand in between a drinking crowd and their churros? Caroline on Crack took the below photo of the inconsiderate bicycle placement and twittered it for all to see.
Me. It was me. I locked my bike to the churro cart inhibiting the dipping of delicious churros in raspberry & cajeta caramel.