Renowned chefs Agustin Ferrando Balbi and Ricardo Chaneton from Michelin-starred restaurants Ando and Mono have banded together to open Rosita in late 2022. Located on Ship Street in Wan Chai, the Latin American restaurant is fast becoming a neighbourhood favourite among residents and an after-work crowd from various parts of the city. Rosita, meaning 'little flower' in Spanish, brings a modern take on Latin American cuisine inspired by dishes that the founders typically eat from their family table. The kitchen is led by young Italian chef Marco Livoti – founder of Holy Cannoli and previously Sake Central's chef – who gives each Rosita plate his utmost care and attention and interprets familiar Latin American dishes using flavours and culinary techniques from French and Japanese cuisine. Enjoy a filling tasting menu (lunch, only available on weekends – $488/four-course or $788/six-course; daily dinner – $988/six-course) that starts with corn cakes arepa, a staple food in Venezuela and Colombia, which guests can enjoy with a mousse or butter depending on the availability. This is followed by refreshing amberjack ceviche with kohlrabi and celery before sharing plates of hearty lobster stew guiso – that Marco gives an Italian twist by adding pasta shells and using lobster instead of meat mixed with cherry tomatoes, carrots, and radishes – or the chef's special (+$628) South American chicken rice called arroz con pollo. Guests can end the meal with the creamy popcorn sea salt ice cream - a treat we're willing to return for again and again – and crunchy churros that you can dip in dulce de leche sauce.
'An extension of home' is what Rosita wants guests to feel during each visit. And with comforting food, friendly staff, and Marco's charming personality, Rosita gives you a memorable dining experience that is a home away from home.