Rosarito Restaurant Scene

Ochunas Restaurant
BY: CHUCK WAGON

Cocina Fusion Mediterranea is written on Ochuna restaurant’s business card, as a description of their Mediterranean food. My description would be gourmet heaven in Rosarito.

The service was impeccable with beautiful table settings on stark white crisp tablecloths. This is truly fine dining. Each dish brought to the table was given fresh clean cutlery served on a napkin by a waiter placing it quietly and unobtrusively.

fine dining.JPGWe were greeted by Arturo Rodriguez, the restaurant manager, a pleasant man with a quiet soothing voice. Our drink orders were taken after we perused the extensive drink menu that included a wide assortment of drinks, with the wine menu separate and reasonably priced.

This quiet and soothing eatery is attached to the somewhat hectic M Casino and the restaurant has many tables arranged beautifully in a modern yet eclectic design. Although the space is owned by the M Casino I was told that Ochuna is a separate business  and operates exclusively on its own.

Arturo brought us two dishes, one containing three ramekins each, with a different topper for the thinly sliced toasts as well as Greek olives. The second presentation was eatable small holders containing delicious Mediterranean appetizers, also accompanied by toasted garlic bread. I had the white wine and my partner opted for a sparkling nonalcoholic drink.

As we waited for our first course, I noticed that this new business was fairly empty and as the evening wore on I knew that once the word got out and the folks who love excellent food began hearing great reviews, the rush would be on.

My first course was a soup I had never heard of called avgo lemon, a chicken base with egg, rice and lemon. The portion was quite large at 70 pesos and delicious. My partner had a work of art, grilled vegetables at 115 pesos. The veggies were arranged in a tower with a huge portobello mushroom at the base. The dish had been grilled with a sauce that was both exciting and impossible to describe.

After the appetizers and soup I was not at all hungry but David looked forward to his grilled salmon at 235 pesos and it was excellent and with quite a large portion surrounded by veggies and potatoes.

The wait staff and manager asked us after each dish if the food was to our liking. All I could say was thank you and definitely yes.

The rest of the menu is varied with suckling pig or lechon al horno and grilled lamb on the specials menu. Pizza is featured, as is pasta and various steaks, with the rib eye the most expensive at 410 pesos.

The catch of the day changes daily, (of course), as does the price, and my friends who have dined here often say the quality of the food remains constantly excellent. Ochuna is a welcome addition to an already exciting Rosarito food scene.

Ochuna is on Benito Juarez, next to the M Casino which is on the north side of town, behind Office Depot.