This November, we had the pleasure of going to Rose’s Luxury (with an online reservation – no line!) for E’s birthday with a group of girl friends. We chose the 8:30 seating and were lead right to our table when we arrived at the front door. We were lead to the back of the restaurant in a cozy corner with a long table.
The service started out stellar. Our waitress gave us plenty of time to chat, look at the drinks menu, and then place our orders. In addition to filling us in about the style of dining (plates would be brought to us – we would not be choosing off a menu), she asked if there were any dietary restrictions. Our friend who tries to be dairy-free requested to alternatives to those dishes and our waitress said that was easy to comply with. T, who doesn’t eat seafood because she loves fish, also noted that while she was not allergic she would look to avoid eating any seafood if possible. The waitress, once again, said this was no problem and then left to go put in our drink orders.
While most of the table opted for wine, T and a few others chose cocktails. On the cocktail menu, there were no gin drinks – T’s favorite alcohol. She asked the waitress if it was possible to order something off menu. When asked what she preferred, T said something botanical with gin and to surprise her. The mixologists at Rose’s were likely as good as the food was reported to be, so T trusted them. What arrived was the perfect gin drink and just what she wanted – something botanical instead of fruity, with a little fizz, and great gin.
The first two dishes that arrived were small and almost back-to-back. We’ll admit, when we saw these were the first two dishes of what would be a seven course meal…we were nervous. If you read the blog, you know we love to eat…and these were teeny-tiny. First up were the dates in cheese. We thought these were surprisingly sweet with the perfect tang of cheese. This was followed by pork wrapped in tangerine lace with walnuts. Although this was equally tiny, there was so much flavor packed into these small 2-bite apps.
After these two more inventive dishes the caesar salad came out. This dish was also way more than two bites. As the food orders got bigger, they came out on serving plates to be shared with the table. T adored this because the waitress was so on-key with her dietary restrictions that she got a non-anchovy dressing, so she got her own plate. The greens were crisp, the dressing was fun, and it really was the perfect no frills caesar salad.
The Lychee Salad is basically the dish at Rose’s. As our waitress said, it is the only menu item that has never been removed or retired. It has red onions, pork sausage, habanero, peanuts, lychee, and a coconut foam. The waitress instructed that the best way to enjoy it was to mix everything together so all the flavors could equally play off of each other.
Another simple yet well crafted dish was the chili flake pasta with mustard greens. We love that they paired this classic dish after the more adventurous lychee salad. One of our friends who requested no dairy got a wonderful, lightly fried serving of tofu that the whole table took nibbles out of it. As someone who always prefers meat over tofu, I was pleasantly surprised that I found it good – although, I preferred the dairy-ladden pasta.
At this point, believe it or not, we were starting to get full. And that’s when a giant plate of Japanese Style Fried Chicken arrived at our table. It’s Japanese style because it had an eel sauce. Once again, the waitress was incredibly accommodating and gave T her own plate of non-eel sauced chicken and it was instead dressed in a white sauce. Despite being full beyond belief, this chicken was something everyone dug into. It was light, perfectly battered, and the sauce gave it the extra kick it needed.
Here comes some of our favorites of the meal: the dessert! The grapefruit sorbet was the first up and came in cute ice cream glasses and president-inspired silverware that our history-nerd friend loved so much she asked the waitress where they were from. In addition to the grapefruit sorbet, because it was E’s birthday, she also got a scoop of vanilla with rainbow sprinkles and a birthday candle to blow out. This was such a sweet extra touch and really speaks to the service at Rose’s. As for the grapefruit sorbet, it was light, tangy, and refreshing after all the rich foods we had. Like Princess Diaries taught me, sorbet is supposed to cleanse the palette.
Then came the grand finale: chocolate ganache tarte with milk ice cream and ganache scoops. This was the BIGGEST dessert I have ever seen served at a non-chain restaurant. Seriously – it came out and a collective gasp came from the table. The crust was buttery, the chocolate filling was dreamy…but it was the scoops of homemade milk ice cream and LITERAL scoops of ganache that really kicked this dessert up a notch. I have never seen ice cream-scoop sized balls of ganache ever in my life…and I hope I see them again.
Although Rose’s is not cheap the experience, service, food, and environment paid paying a little extra for the meal seem totally worth it. As mentioned throughout the review, the service was completely tailored to ensuring we had a wonderful experience. The courses were timed perfectly and we never felt rushed or pressured to eat faster and talk less. It may seem odd to say, but our waitress seemed in-sync with what we wanted. In total, the meal lasted almost 3 hours although it felt like it flew by in the best way possible.