(Full Disclosure—this is a rave review, but everything written is my opinion only. We have been customers at Miguel Angel Guerrero's restaurants for about six years and are great admirers of the consistent level of quality that he delivers.)
Last April, when circling the Rosarito City Hall, I saw the “Ya Abrimos” (Now Open) banner and we went there for a late lunch yesterday completely on a, “Oh, let’s go and try it.” basis.
Located in a brand new strip mall on the west side of the Palacio Municipal, the room is a sleek, contemporary, narrow shotgun space, with a high ceiling and a window wall entrance, decorated with local art, ceramics and hunting trophys. There are tables in front for casual outside dining.
The kitchen runs the length of the room on the left and there is comfortable bench and chair seating for about twenty-five- to-thirty people on the right.
The tables and the unisex bathroom had vases filled with sprigs of fresh rosemary and sage. The tables (not the bathroom) were dressed with cloth napkins in wooden keyhole holders.
The menu is a smart, abbreviated version of the parent restaurant’s concept, with fairly-priced sandwiches, salads, tacos, burritos, appetizers, entrees and desserts.
A complimentary salsa sampler - oyster/chipotle cream, red chile arbol and tomatillo, accompanied by warm,-toasted-on- the-grill, house made French bread was promptly delivered.
We opted for the “Chef’s Choice” and rib eye steak entrees.
The “Chef’s Choice” is like omakase at a Japanese restaurant, which means that you are served small tasting plates of what the chef decides is the best of the kitchen that day and they keep bringing stuff until you say “STOP!”
“Clam shots”, fresh, raw clams in a bright, citrus marinade with a touch of vodka
Oysters and spinach in a cream sauce, roasted in the shell on rock salt
Roasted duck tacos, in house made, grill roasted flour tortilla shells stuffed with field greens.
Marlin fish tacos, cooked with cheese, onion and sweet red pepper in the same grilled flour tortillas.
Then, two perfectly grilled rib eye steaks that could be cut with the side of a fork were delivered, with crisp, fresh sautéed string beans and French fries
One dessert, a house made guava/apple pie with vanilla ice cream and a beautiful looking and tasting green drizzle, the name of which I don’t remember, because, by then, I was in a food coma
Two beers, two bottled ice teas
The bill came to about seventy dollars, including tax and tip.