Encouraged by some Chowhound suggestions, I brought my visiting family to Rose Water for dinner on Saturday night. Despite terrible weather, the intimate restaurant was full, an early indication to the quality of what was to follow.
Rose Water is a small, neighborhood restaurant that doesn't aspire to be bigger. Instead, it capitalizes on the intimate atmosphere it has to offer and couples it with tasty foods that are inpired by the market's seasonal offerings. Since I am partial to root vegetables, this tendancy always pleases me in the fall.
My family (party of 5) dined succulantly on a wide array of offerings, and no one was dissapointed. Appetizers were largely selected from the specials menu, which included some lovely squash fritters and a delicious sauted porcini salad with pears and Roquefort cheese. A special entree, an organic skirt steak over mustard-flavored polenta was equally delicious. From the regular menu, an appetized of seared scallops was excellent, as were the two fish entrees, a grape leaf wrapped cod and a pan-seared halibut atop a lovely sauted array of shallots and vegetables. Rose Water standards of chicken and pork were of similarly good quality.
Dessert did not dissapoint either. While the offerings weren't as remarkable or substantial as the main courses, a special riccotta topped apple crisp was a highlight, and a chocolate crepe was also yummy.
The wine list was varied and incredibly well-priced. We enjoyed a bottle of Napa Valley Merlot for $33.
Overall, a wonderful experience was had by all. Well-worth venturing out in the poor weather, and easily worth venturing back to on a milder night.
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