The number one reason I kept returning was the Di Stefano burrata, covered with summer truffle and avocado blossom honey and served with lettuce and garlic bread. The association of truffle and honey and the softness of the cheese was a feast for my taste buds and I simply couldn’t get enough of it.
I also delighted in the crispy brussels sprouts with their kale pesto and melted parmesan. Although good, the two fried eggs on top were almost superfluous. More veggies please !
The bay scallops on the half shell with yuzu kosho vinaigrette and the Baja shrimp ceviche marinated with tamarind, aguachile, persian cucumber, peaches, red onion, lime yogurt and corn nuts were also super tasty. I actually surprised myself with the amount of fish and sea food I enjoyed in Los Angeles as it’s not something I usually go for.
A large selection of cocktails
The Rose Venice lists a bit more than a dozen cocktails. Most of them were Tiki cocktails with ingredients like exotic fruit juices or falernum. I actually only had the one cocktail, a Sea Cucumber. It was a refreshing gin based drink with elderflower, cucumber, mint, lime and a rim of tajín (a seasoning powder made with chile peppers, salt and dehydrated lime juice). A sort of crossover between a mojito and a margarita with gin.
High efficient service
Ideally located on the busy Rose Avenue, where many restaurants (Mexican Chulita for example), bars and other businesses are located, the Rose Venice is just a stone’s throw away from the beach. Sprawling over a coffee bar, a cocktail bar, a bier garden and two outdoor terraces, the restaurant has an impressive seating capacity with different atmospheres depending on the area in which you sit. It also houses a market and a bakery case for take-away. The Rose Venice was busy on my every visit. Nevertheless, service was extremely efficient and I neither had to wait to be seated nor to be served.
So, delicious food, good cocktails and great service? Yep, the Rose Venice checked all the boxes for a nice meal out. Now, six weeks after returning from Los Angeles, all I think about is when my next visit will be.