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My DC Bites: Rose’s Luxury

March 15, 2017

It’s not a secret that Rose’s Luxury is a popular restaurant and still remains so even after so many years after opening.  Even in the middle of January chill by the size of the line outside the restaurant over an hour and half before it even opened.

Despite the trouble we had to face in order to snag two seats at the bar to watch the action first hand, I am happy to say that this was still one of my favorite meals of 2016.

We started the meal with a warm mini loaf of house made potato brioche with luscious butter and bacon salt.

The menu here is well edited, with only a few dishes in each section.  You don’t always need a never ending list of options when each is executed so well. We started with a few small plates like the charred smoked eggplant and carrots with panko fried onion rings and a yogurt sauce at the bottom.

We also really enjoyed the refreshing and crunchy salad made with spicy pig ear with mango and cabbage.

Of course, we had to try the signature salad made with the unusual combination of pork sausage, habanero and lychee.  The sweetness of the lychee balanced the sharp heat of the habanero and the salty bite of the pork sausage.

We moved on from the appetizers to heartier dishes starting with a confit of melt in your mouth goat over Carolina golden rice risotto.  This Southern take on a risotto had us lapping up every last kernel of rice.

There were only two pasta options that night and after much debate with the chef who was nice enough to humor us throughout service, we had to get both.

A beautifully simple cacio e pepe with hand cut chitarra was excellently executed.  Buttery and cheesy with a kick from the pepper, nothing better.

Well actually, the penne with calamari in a luscious vodka tomato sauce put up a good fight.

Full of delicious pastas, we moved happily onto the dessert portion with a semifreddo and ice cream.  The key lime semifreddo with grapefruit, celery and brown butter was an unusual dessert but quite refreshing end to a most excellent wonderful dinner.

Everything about this little restaurant that could on Barracks Row was absolutely adorable and enduring and made for a magical night in the Capitol.

Rose’s Luxury | 717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 | http://www.rosesluxury.com/

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