Rosa Mexicano

For Easter, Tonia and Brian invited us to join Brian’s family for a brunch. Well, we started exploring on where to eat and I had told her that Mehul and I plan to go hang out at the National Harbor for the day. It turns out that Brian’s parents did not mind meeting us there for brunch/lunch also.

We picked Rosa Mexicano because Tonia had been waiting for the Guacamole en Molcajete (i.e., live Guacamole) 🙂 We ended up ordering two: one extra spicy and the other mild. They were both great. I got Vegetales a la Brasa/Skillet Roasted Vegetables for my entree and it was soooooo gooooood. Brian’s dad, Mike, treated us for the lunch, which was very nice. Thanks Mr. Dollinger 🙂

After lunch we went over to check out the Gaylord Hotel and then walk over the the mini-beach to see “The Awakening” and treated all of us to some Gelato, which I only had 3-4 spoonful of it 😦


I would definitely come back and hang out at the national harbor next time I am in the area. There is this restaurant named “ketchup” that I would go eat at. It just looked cool 😉 – hopefully they are veggie friendly!

Rasika

Ever since I (temporarily) moved to Virginia/DC area, Tonia wanted all of us to go out to dinner in DC as my welcome dinner. And, we’d been wanting to go to Rasika. Well, Rasika apparently requires months in advanced reservation for a big group – they are just that special, I guess.

So, we finally got a date April 23, 2011 to go out for a dinner treat. It was definitely a treat! Both Mehul and I had the four-course tasting menu while Tonia and Brian went out and had the six-courses. Alex also did the regular four-course order. Carolyn, Kinjal and Utpal all order individual entrees.

All of us started out with their signature appetizer dish – Palak Chaat. This is by far the BEST indian appetizer I’ve ever had. It was so delicious, the deep friend (no batter) spinach leaves just melted in my mouth.

As my second, I had the appetizer, Tawa Baingan (eggplant with spiced potato) – again delicious!

As our third and fourth course – the chef actually gave a veriety between the two order of vegetarian course so that we are not eating the same courses. In combination, we got Bhindi Amchoor, Dal Makhani, Vegetable Dhansak, and Gobhi Mattar.

For dessert, we were given a sample menu that included: one Gulab Jamun, Carrot Halva, Cardamon Ice Cream and crisp apple fried (like a slice of a donut):

All in all the entire dinner experience was AWESOME. However, I would probably do this once a year or so because of the cost of the entrees. The four-course tasting menu was $58 each (no tax or gratuity – or wine for that fact!).