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Rose's Luxury

Rose's Luxury

Japanese milk bread and honey butter with fennel seeds

Japanese milk bread and honey butter with fennel seeds

When I was in DC recently, my friend took me to one of the hottest restaurants in the capital called Rose's Luxury, and it was certainly worth the 1.5 hour wait. We were greeted with the fluffiest milk bread with butter that was whipped to perfection. I could not stop lathering it on!

Since we were seated directly in front of the open kitchen, we keenly watched the chefs prepare the dishes for other tables. Sitting here will probably make you order more than you normally would considering how mouth-watering each plate looked...

chefs
chefs

Rose's Luxury is superb in that they are able to provide complex flavors in both carnivorous and herbivorous dishes. The ricotta stuffed gnocchi was a vegetarian delight, but what really stood out was the savory mushroom sauce and crispy sunchokes that accompany the pasta. I wanted to lick this plate clean!

Ricotta stuffed gnocchi with crispy sunchokes, mushroom butter and mint
Ricotta stuffed gnocchi with crispy sunchokes, mushroom butter and mint

One dish you HAVE to order is the pork sausage, which is actually highly complex, with almost 20 individual ingredients! Mix it up, and you will have a lovely balance of savory, acidity, sweetness and spiciness.

Left: Pork sausage, habanero and lychee salad Right: Korean fried catfish with cilantro and pickled daikon
Left: Pork sausage, habanero and lychee salad Right: Korean fried catfish with cilantro and pickled daikon

The Korean fried catfish was probably the worst item we had. The sauce was a bit strange and certainly did not work with the catfish. Our entire meal would have been spectacular if we had not ordered this...

Honey-glazed carrots, mascarpone, matzo meal and dill
Honey-glazed carrots, mascarpone, matzo meal and dill

We needed some more vegetables, and we really couldn't help but order the honey-glazed carrots, which literally glistened. The dish looked like spring blossoming from underneath the mascarpone snow, which was very fitting for DC in this time of year.

Eggplant tarte tatin with homemade vanilla ice cream
Eggplant tarte tatin with homemade vanilla ice cream

For dessert, we were very intrigued by the eggplant tarte tatin. The eggplant melts away in your mouth, and the ice cream adds a slight sweetness to this savory-dominated finish.

Chocolate meringues
Chocolate meringues

And for the very end, we were given the lightest chocolate meringues I've ever had =)

Tips:

  1. Instead of waiting at the bar upstairs, go down the block to Ted's Bulletin, where you can get a very yummy adult milkshake.
  2. There is paid parking outside, but there is free parking on the street parallel to the one Rose's Luxury is on.
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