Veggie Fundido – Sweet Potatoes, Portabello Mushrooms, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Cream Cheese with Housemade Corn Chips and Flour Tortillas
Rosti-Puerco – Roasted Potatoes, Corn Tortillas, Pickled Vegetables, Chimichurri, Tomatillo Salsa
Pastel de Tres Leches – Butter Sponge Cake, Three Milks, Coffee Gelee, White Chocolate Shavings
Defying assumptions regarding the popularity of traditional Mexican food more than 4,000km from the border, first at Calgary’s Native Tongues Taqueria and then at Rostizado near the newly built Roger’s Place, Canada’s position as a cultural melting-pot even better blended than The United States was confirmed during a lunch gazing out on Edmonton’s ‘Neon Museum’ the lunch crowd surrounding me showing that the local population does not fear a bit of spice.
Opened by the same team behind local favorite Tres Carnales, the splashy space brightly decorated in Latin American style amidst reclaimed wood and bare brick extending back from the door, diners at Rostizado will quickly notice the restaurant’s focus on being ‘hip’ by way of youthful servers eager to explain the concept and how best to order, the ‘small plates’ and ‘everything is meant to be shared’ lingo truthful, though daily specials were omitted except for those who knew to ask.
Trending a bit more expensive than Native Tongues or traditional Mexican Spots, though not moreso than upscale concepts around America, it was with upbeat Mariachi playing that the menu was perused with three items ordered, the Veggie Fundido starter selected over its meaty counterpart thanks to the promise of four Cheeses and marinated Mushrooms with the flavor creamy yet robust whether atop housemade Chips or store-bought warmed Tortillas.
Passing on Tacones and desirable Molcajetes due to size, the Chicken on a Mole Torta missed out on thanks to the aforementioned issue with ‘daily specials,’ an entrée of meltingly-soft rotisserie Pork served with wrinkled Potatoes proved a bit less flavorful than one would hope even with the addition of Chimichurri or spicy green Salsa, the sopping wet quartet of Sponge Cake slices a far more impressive dish with sweetness curtailed by Espresso-scented Gelatin and a dusting of White Chocolate.