If you’re looking to enjoy good Tex-Mex food in a jovial atmosphere and without spending lots of cash, look no further than Rosa’s. In fact if fajitas are your thing you don’t have much choice; Rosa’s is Bermuda’s only Tex-Mex restaurant.
Formerly Rosa’s Cantina, the restaurant was completely revamped in 2012. After climbing a flight of stairs, patrons are transported south of the border. The old Tijuana tack has been that used to adorn the walls has been replaced and a new chef brought in from Mexico. A few favourites from the old menu are still around, but the new version has a much more authentic Mexican angle.
To start with we’d still recommend the Iguana Eggs (breaded jalapeno peppers filled with cream cheese, and deep fried). Yes, they’ve been on the menu for at least a decade, but we still love them. A more recent addition is the Smoked Tuna Escabeche (smoked fish marinated with onion, carrot, garlic, jalapeno, olive oil and vinegar). It’s as tasty as it is difficult to say.
For an entrée try the Plato Mexicano or the Enchiladas. Tacos, Burritos, Chimichangas, and Quesadillas are also available. Choose a filling from chicken, steak, chilli beef, shrimp, fish or vegetable, and liven it up with extras such as refried beans, avocado, peppers, and Monterey Jack cheese. Texan-style dishes include Texas Roadhouse Ribs (slow-roasted ribs with Texas BBQ sauce or honey garlic).
Rosa’s has always welcomed children and is popular with families at the weekend. If your child can’t handle the spices there’s a kids’ menu with hamburgers, pasta, and pizza.
Rosa’s Cantina serves swimming-pool size margaritas available by the glass or pitcher. Be warned, they pack a punch. We’ve spent many an afternoon slumped over our desks after having them with lunch. Choose your tequila from a selection of 12 and style (Classic – with Cointreau, Bermuda – with Cointreau, ginger beer, pineapple and grenadine, and more). Frozen margaritas and a variety of cocktails are also offered.
Rosa’s is situated at the eastern end of Front Street, just a 10 minute walk from the bus station or ferry terminal. If the weather’s nice you can dine al fresco on the balcony. After dinner why not pop downstairs and continue your evening at Docksider.
The restaurant is one of two operated by the Bermuda Restaurants group. The other is Chopsticks, an oriental restaurant on Reid Street.
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Map showing location of Rosa’s.
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121 Front Street