Restaurant: Rose Cafe Venice / The Rose Venice
Location: 220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291. (310) 399-0711
Date: April 19, 2019
Cuisine: American Cafe
Rating: Solid contemporary Californian Cafe
Amazingly, despite having passed The Rose about a billion times, including dozens of times on my bike, I’ve never been — until today. I’ve even used it’s parking before (going to Gjusta).
The place is huge, both inside and out, and tres Venice. The outfits of customers alone are quite amusing.
There was also a huge line on this random Friday at noon — good thing we had a reservation. Even so it took me 15 minutes to talk to someone to tell them we were here.
Lots of good looking pastries not on my diet.
We ate outside.
The current menu.
Great marinated assorted olives. Citrus, chile, garlic.
Almond milk matcha latte with cute piggy latte art — see what I mean about the tres Venice?
Delicious Crispy Brussels sprouts. Pickled jalepeno dashi broth, poached egg, Thai basil, scallion.
Grilled rockfish tacos. Smoked chili creme fraiche, avocado, shredded cabbage.
Di Stefano burrata. Thai pesto, blistered snap peas, asian pears.
BREAKFAST SANDWICH. Fried Egg, Juniper Bacon, Smoked Cheddar.
SHAKSHOUKA. Baked Eggs, Moroccan Tomato Sauce, Feta, Arugula, Chermoula, Peppers.
Closeup without the evil bread. Very nice and high acid. Bright flavors. Pretty light too — except maybe if you are prone to heartburn.
Overall, I liked the Rose and will come back. It’s very hipster — down to the Avocado Toast (not pictured), but the food was bright, clean, modern, and overall very flavorful. Service was solid too.