It’s been a long and winding road for chef Ricardo Zarate, but it’s all led to Rosaliné. The modern but unpretentious Peruvian restaurant is named in honor of his mother, but should also do a fair bit to reshape Zarate’s past as a onetime kingmaker in Los Angeles’s dining scene.
More importantly, Rosaliné is meant to serve as a love letter to Zarate’s Peruvian history, imbued with Japanese ingredients and flavors while remaining uniquely South American. There’s the charcoal-fired Josper oven for grilling, the wood-wrapped ceviche bar, and the shared plates that work through snacks, larger-format meat dishes, and plenty of seafood and vegetables. The full opening menu (sans prices) is on up on the Rosaliné website now.
The space is more in line with LA’s modern indoor-outdoor dining movement, with a Kevin Tsai Architecture-designed flow that moves guests from the front room to a greenhouse back dining area, complete with open ceiling. Much like nearby Verlaine and others (Salazar, the upcoming Tintorera) this will be a restaurant at least partially at the whim of the weather, but otherwise filled with light and greenery — plus the requisite midcentury modern touches.
Rosaliné officially opens on June 12, keeping dinner hours only to start. That means snagging reservations from 6 p.m. on starting next week, when Zarate himself will be back behind the pass, turning his next great Peruvian dream into a reality.
8479 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA