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18 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

At its best, Rose’s Luxury was a relatively inexpensive yet creative and well executed joint.  Frank Ruta is no Aaron Silverman.  It’s restaurant that I'm glad I waited in line for.  I can't say the same about Bad Saint.  At this point, you can just pay the big bucks and get reservation for Pineapple and Pearls.

It probably was - I wished I had tried to get to Rose's Luxury before the real swarms of people descended on it. The lines would have been shorted and it'd probably have been worth it I am sure. I have thought about Pineapple and Pearls, but I am kind of over tasting menus where I do not get to pick and choose, Not a complete deal breaker but maybe one of these days I will give P&P a try.

6 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

@Pool Boy worships the ground Ruta walks on.  So I'm just pointing out how he's missing out because he hates waiting in line. 😅

That's because I love what he does with food! And I know my desire for reservations makes me miss out. That said, I have waited at places from time to time - like Hot Doug's in Chicago before it shut down. Or even the one decent restaurant in West Yellowstone this past fall while on vacation (but only because I had no choice)

4 hours ago, MarkS said:

@Pool Boy needs to have the crack chicken at the Boqueria.  They have reservations.

Is this what you are talking about? 

POLLO RUSTIDO Catalan style roasted chicken, Ibérico lard, lemon, herbs, salsa verde

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On a rainy Monday evening I was heading downtown to have dinner somewhere - perhaps Purple Patch, or Thip Khao - but I thought to myself, at 7:45 tonight, this is my best chance to get into Rose's Lux

So when we seat 1 of 4 people and the other 3 don't show up for 90 minutes and my waiter gets scrrewed out of a tip on a four top that COULD have turned.... what should I do??????  I had 5 no shows on

Visited last night as part of a corporate private party.  I'm sure there are a number of spaces/configurations for private events - we were seated in the front room upstairs, which was very comfortabl

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1 hour ago, Pool Boy said:

It probably was - I wished I had tried to get to Rose's Luxury before the real swarms of people descended on it. The lines would have been shorted and it'd probably have been worth it I am sure. I have thought about Pineapple and Pearls, but I am kind of over tasting menus where I do not get to pick and choose, Not a complete deal breaker but maybe one of these days I will give P&P a try.

That's because I love what he does with food! And I know my desire for reservations makes me miss out. That said, I have waited at places from time to time - like Hot Doug's in Chicago before it shut down. Or even the one decent restaurant in West Yellowstone this past fall while on vacation (but only because I had no choice)

Is this what you are talking about? 

POLLO RUSTIDO Catalan style roasted chicken, Ibérico lard, lemon, herbs, salsa verde

Yup.  Somehow I am coded as Chicken Mark from Annapolis.  Always order it and they think Naptown is next galaxy.  This is great Chicken.  Not Ruta Chicken but still great,

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1 hour ago, MarkS said:

Yup.  Somehow I am coded as Chicken Mark from Annapolis.  Always order it and they think Naptown is next galaxy.  This is great Chicken.  Not Ruta Chicken but still great,

Nice. I'll have to check it out.

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On 1/6/2020 at 9:11 PM, Pool Boy said:

I have heard of that. A possibility, but again - I prefer a reservation. Most other restaurants I can book days weeks, a month or more in advance. Why have the hassle of finding someone to do that for you the day of when you want to go and then, you may not even dine when you want to.

Same problem, no planning ahead ability - I must be unique in my desire to know I have a place  reserved for me more than 12 hours ahead of time.

You have the exact same sentiments as my husband on this.  It's why we haven't been to some places we would otherwise go.

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I just saw on Instagram that Rose's is now taking reservations for any size party, any night they are open.  Wow! 

They also have this note pop up when you go to their website:

To our guests:  We are taking steps to keep our restaurant safe, we have always and will continue to follow and exceed food safety and sanitation protocols required by the DC Department of Health, CDC and WHO. Additionally:  

  • Our staff is utilizing company wide paid sick leave to make sure we keep our workplace healthy and safe.
  • We are vigilant with sanitization of all high touch surfaces.
  • We are offering hand sanitizer throughout the restaurant.
  • We have added additional spacing between tables to allow for staff and guests to remain at more comfortable distances.
  • We are implementing no-touch payment options.

If you wish to dine out, we want you to know that we are now accepting reservations for  any party size, any night of the week. 

As well, Rose's at Home will come cook in your home any night of the week. We will also have takeout and delivery options coming soon.

 

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I don't care if it's gonna cost like $15+ to deliver to Adams Morgan - if I can get a pork sausage lychee bowl delivered to me I'm absolutely going to do that.  I think this kind of thing is a good measure to take but not sure if it'll matter in a matter of days / weeks if we end up like Italy in a lockdown mode.

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On ‎3‎/‎13‎/‎2020 at 1:50 PM, FranklinDubya said:

I don't care if it's gonna cost like $15+ to deliver to Adams Morgan - if I can get a pork sausage lychee bowl delivered to me I'm absolutely going to do that.  I think this kind of thing is a good measure to take but not sure if it'll matter in a matter of days / weeks if we end up like Italy in a lockdown mode.

They started their delivery service last night.  The lychee bowl is on the menu for $15.  I couldn't find any info about delivery area or delivery charges though. 

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3 hours ago, Bart said:

They started their delivery service last night.  The lychee bowl is on the menu for $15.  I couldn't find any info about delivery area or delivery charges though. 

I'm seeing carry out but not delivery yet.  Hopefully added soon but I imagine there's a rush of places all trying to do this at once.

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3 hours ago, FranklinDubya said:

I've got Rose's at Home 2 night package coming tomorrow.  Pumped!

That's great! Can't wait to hear about it.

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Hubby and I got the three night package for anniversary the past few days.  I was really impressed at the value for three, three course meals.  It was really nice to have three nights worth of dinners covered too!

Our menu:

Wedge salad, with buttermilk dressing, garlic breadcrumbs, Rigatoni Pasta Alla Norma with Eggplant, Strawberry Shortcake.

Pork and Lychee salad, chicken katsu, oat cookie with oat milk.

Spring Crudite with French Onion Dip, roasted pork with a fresh salsa, rice-cannelini bean, kale.

There were also two muffins included, and some candles and etc.  Very cute!

Everything came packed really nicely with garnishes and sauces separated out, and it had cooking instructions, the first night was microwave only, the second two required brief oven cooking.  For me the first night was a real highlight.  The pasta was really good with a great rich, spicy, garlic flavor.  I liked how they did the cream for the strawberry shortcake a little more solid so it held up.  The strawberries were really good and tasted like the height of Spring.  The pork and lychee was still very good.  I liked the Chicken Katsu a lot, as well.  I was really impressed with the rice on the last night, and the pork was cooked really well and had a nice smoke, and still was incredibly juicy and flavorful despite being in the fridge a few days.  Hubby thought the crudite was a bit phoning it in, but we both were really, really happy with the meals, and the price, and the whole process.  We would do this again with another menu!  Hubby has never been to Rose's but would like to go.  I have been and no, it wasn't quite the same as in person (I will never forget getting to go with a DR member and friends to the rooftop, that was just so much fun), but you still felt very special and cared for, and it was just a lot of fun, and we felt a little fancier than we have the past few months.

So a big, big Thank you to Rose's Luxury as this made our anniversary still feel special, and right now, that is EVERYTHING.  For anyone debating doing this, I would highly recommend it.  It is a really great value for impressive cooking, and the care and planning that it had to take to make this work over a three night period in the fridge, to still have this quality, they put a lot of work into this, and it shows.

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23 minutes ago, Mark Slater said:

Wow, what a heavy article. The comments following the article are brutal. Tough crowd!

To address all transgressions referenced in this tempest, would be to address all transgressions inherent in humanity.

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2 minutes ago, DonRocks said:

To address all transgressions referenced in this tempest, would be to address all transgressions inherent in humanity.

Exactly, well said.

That article seemed like an unnecessary take down, or sour grapes, or a hit piece on an imperfect chef/restaurant group trying its best to move the industry light years ahead of where it currently is.   OMG!  They didn't get everything just exactly perfect from the get go!  Get me to my fainting couch!!  I'd suggest the authors or the aggrieved look up the Joint Strike Fighter for a tale of how perfection (or even a tiny bit of success) sometimes takes a lot longer and has a lot of missteps to overcome (not to mention billions of dollars down the drain).

And some of the complaints seemed bizarre and bordering on childish or irrational.  Sure they didn't have a dress code that was carved in stone, but is it really that outrageous to be asked to wear a bra?  They are running a business after all.  Personally, I may be in favor of braless servers :P, but the general public may not be as evolved as I am!

Back when George Floyd was murdered and the BLM movement really ignited, Aaron Silverman took to social media, completely out of the blue, and basically said, "we weren't perfect in our execution, we really didn't fully understand the deeper issues like we thought we did, and we are going to try to make things better".  His statement was much more thoughtful and heartfelt than my summary, and when I read it, I was again impressed with how these people are really trying to move the industry forward.    And again, as far as I know, he did this completely out of the blue because of the social climate and reflection on BLM, equality, etc, not because a hit piece like this was coming out.  I'd wager that Aaron's post on Instagram and Twitter were the impetus for this very hit piece.

To summarize my long-windedness...….I think this article sucks and it just proves that no good deed goes unpunished.

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3 hours ago, Bart said:

To summarize my long-windedness...….I think this article sucks and it just proves that no good deed goes unpunished.

Does this behavior occur at your workplace?

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3 hours ago, Bart said:

To summarize my long-windedness...….I think this article sucks and it just proves that no good deed goes unpunished.

The comment section is even worse than the article...though this is likely true for any article with a comment section.

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1 hour ago, dcs said:

Does this behavior occur at your workplace?

What behavior?  As far as I know, all of my female coworkers wear bras.  And if anyone is dressed in an unprofessional manor, you better believe some management type would intervein. 

If you're talking about the other allegations in the article, yeah, I'm sure it does to some degree.  Probably not as bad as in the restaurant industry, but there's a reason I'm required to take sexual harassment training and EEO and anti discrimination and ethics training every year.  Then again, I work in a very regimented, rules orientated world where damn near everything has an instruction or directive or manual to dictate behavior.

It's very easy to get all holier than thou, and look down your nose at someone who is genuinely trying to change the world (offering health care, and child care and gym memberships, and change the restaurant culture) when things don't go completely smoothly, and bad behavior still exists, but this is the restaurant industry after all.  This type of behavior pretty much comes with the territory*. 

No, I'm not condoning it.  No, I'm not excusing it.  I'm simply stating what is well documented.  Bourdain practically celebrated the sex and drugs and debauchery lifestyle of restaurant workers in Kitchen Confidential 20 years ago.  Again, that doesn't make harassment acceptable, but the article attacked the one guy** who was proactively trying to improve conditions for his employees on many fronts.  There were flaws and problems with the execution, and he admitted them and strives to do better.  How many thousands of restaurants are operating the exact same way they did 20, 30, 50 years ago?

Anyhow, I look forward to a follow up article where they do a giant expose' on how someone's gym membership wasn't automatically renewed and they had to miss their Tuesday spin class.

* I'm sure this doesn't happen at 100% of restaurants, I'm just using simple language without a thousand caveats.

** I'm sure others are making similar efforts, I'm just using simple language without a thousand caveats.

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4 hours ago, Bart said:

is it really that outrageous to be asked to wear a bra? 

Yes. Unless it interferes with your ability to do your job, it is.

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10 hours ago, saf said:

Yes. Unless it interferes with your ability to do your job, it is.

Yes, absolutely and of course.

I literally (and I do mean -literally-) started to write a caveat to cover this but I deleted it because I thought my post was already too long. 

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At the supple, puberty tickled age of 13, I had a glorious lunch with my father in Paris and the server was wearing an open-cup bra that exquisitely propped her perky crimson nipples and lambskin-soft breasts against a sinister veil of white polyester. As I matured, I hoped it was linen.  It was one of the greatest dining experiences of my life.  I had peach Melba for dessert and a priapism that lasted for days.

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This radical liberal forgot all about the DCist story until I came here to write up a recent Rose's At Home dinner we ordered. It's amusing to me because I am usually one of the first in line to write off businesses with problematic owners and chefs. Not sure the lack of impact that DCist story had on me speaks more about me or Aaron Silverman.

Back to the food, we had Rose's At Home delivered to our place last week. The current menu, which ends this week, consisted of a night called TOMATOES ONLY and another night PICNIC PACK. A third night option would have been ROSE'S CLASSICS (spicy jerk chicken being the entree), but we weren't ready to spend $250 on the three night menu. The delivery itself was smooth and everything was packed very thoughtfully and the prep instructions were very easy to follow. 

The TOMATOES ONLY menu consisted of green tomato panzanella with sourdough and anchovy, rigatoni all'Amartriciana, and burnt cheesecake with tomato caramel. This meal was fantastic. The green tomato panzanella was really refreshing and perfectly balanced. While the rigatoni was not a classic all'Amatriciana, it was still very tasty. Finally the cheesecake was super, not too dense or rich, and the tomato caramel was a unique and delicious accompaniment 

Unfortunately, PICNIC PACK was a big letdown after the success of the previous night. The menu included a wedge salad, smoked pork with mustard, sauteed greens, and vinegar pasta salad, and chocolate pudding. The wedge salad was fine, but not something we savored like we did the previous night's panzanella. The smoked pork was very good and we loved the mustard that came with it but the sauteed greens were just very simple mustard greens any seasoning. Putting the mustard on it helped a lot. We did not like the vinegar pasta salad at all. It reminded me of the tubs of pasta salad I see at Safeway, and not in a good way. It wasn't bad if you like that kind of pasta salad but it wasn't our taste. The chocolate pudding was the best part of the evening and I can't say a critical word about that. 

I'm glad we tried Rose's At Home, but it will really have to take a mind blowing menu for us to order again. 

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