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Family Eats: A hearty meal at Rosa Mexicano, Dubai

In another edition of Family Eats, I bring to you a restaurant that is a good choice for a family meal!

There's nothing quite like Mexican food - and it's special flavours make it one of the most popular cuisines everywhere. Rosa Mexicano at The Dubai Mall only opened earlier this year, but it's already quite popular with traditional Mexican food lovers. We were there for lunch on a Saturday, and it was quite busy. The outlet is quite spacious, and has both booths and regular tables.

Review of Rosa Mexicano restaurant at Dubai Mall

When you are at Rosa Mexicano, it's a sin not to order their Guacamole en Molcajete, which is their 30-year old recipe. It's prepared fresh, right in front of you, and is served to you with chillis, tortilla chips, and tomato salsa.

Here's a video of Praise preparing our Guacamole:


The guacamole was creamy and mildy seasoned. The restaurant manager, Ziad Aoun, explained that they do not add lime and too many flavours to the guacamole, to keep the taste authentic. We had already sampled this dish at the Rock The Guac event that they had organised for kids last month.

For Little Dude, we ordered from the Young Amigos section in the menu.We chose the Chicken Fingers, with fries and mixed vegetables. All kids' meals are served with juice and vanilla ice cream for dessert.

At first, I was curious about the charred bits in the vegetables, but I was told that this is because they are grilled. But they were also steamed, and not fully grilled vegetables.

The chicken fingers were actually chicken breasts so they were quite a mouthful for Little Dude, but he liked his meal!

The other dishes on the kids' menu were Quesadillas and Mini burger, but I wish they had included more options such as grilled chicken, with rice and beans.


Our first starter was the Tres Antojitos - the Appetizers trio consists of chicken wings, shrimp empanadas, and chicken tacos. It is served with tomato sayce and chipotle mayo, and a tasty mango salsa. We loved the combination of tastes on this platter.


The other appetizer we tried was the Burrito Burger. I was keen on trying this dish because many people who had dined at Rosa Mexicano had recommended it on social media. And it lived up to the hype! The juicy Angus beef burger has a filling of cheese, bean spread, guacamole and chipotle mayo wrapped in a tortilla is a fulfilling dish. I would gladly come back just to have the Burrito Burger.


The first of our main dishes was the Fajitas Mixtas, which had grilled Angus beef, chicken, and shrimp over a bed of bell peppers and onions. The tortillas, cheese, cream, guacamole, rice, and re-fried beans paste were served separately. This dish is truly the heart of Mexican dining - flavorful and unassuming.


Our second main dish was Pollo Pibil, grilled chicken brochette marinated with Anchiote (a Mexican spice),  served with rice, rajas (roaster peppers) and Suiza sauce (made with tomatilloes or green tomatoes). The sauce was creamy and a perfect accompaniment to the chicken.


On to the desserts!

The Tres Leches de Zarzamoras or Blackberry Three-milk Cake was amazingly moist, and heavenly. The sour cream pound cake is soaked in three milks, hence the name. It was topped with a delicious blackberry-hibiscus glaze, and topped with toasted meringue.

The Churros en Bolsa are the traditional Mexican donuts served with dark chocolate, caramel, and strawberry-chili sauces. You really must not leave Rosa Mexicano without having these - they are delight to the taste buds.


We didn't just eat at Rosa Mexicano, and had a little fun too! Little Dude liked the indoor waterfall at the restaurant. He later helped our server Syed, who was very friendly with him, shake the Churros in sugar. And of course, we had to don the Mexican props for a photo!


The menu at Rosa Mexicano, has something for everyone, so it makes a great place for a family meal. But come here with an appetite! The servings are generous.

A meal for two, and a child, at Rosa Mexicano costs about AED 300 (including a starter, two main dishes, one kids' meal, a dessert).

Rosa Mexicano is located on the Lower Ground level (LG) at The Dubai Mall. They also have an outlet at Mirdif City Center.


We were invited to dine at Rosa Mexicano, but all views and opinions are my own.


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John Thuku said...

What a nice place to visit.

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