A journey through traditional Mexican cuisine

He was the pioneer in Valladolid. And he is already 35 years old, 25 in his current location. He began with the love for Mexico of José Manuel Cordero and Sonia García. For his first trips there and his desire to open a business here. And today, 35 years later, it could be said that he is one of the ambassadors of traditional Mexican cuisine at a national level – this is how numerous experts and gastronomic guides recognize him. It is the Las Rosas de Guadalupe restaurant, on Hernando de Acuña street, 46, in the Parquesol neighborhood.

José Manuel and Sonia arrived at their current address after a decade in the outskirts of the Campillo Market. There they opened the first Mexican restaurant, more of a taqueria type, after several trips to the Central American country. They landed in the highest area of ​​Parquesol, in a neighborhood still in its infancy and that they have seen grow since they opened their doors. They chose their name from a myth about the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe to an indigenous person in the 16th century. And a more restaurant-type format, with a capacity for around 70 diners.

“From the first moment we have opted for Mexican food, adding dishes from different states every year,” says José Manuel Cordero. In fact, until the outbreak of the covid pandemic, they changed the menu every November, taking advantage of a trip (José Manuel himself had planned one before that March 2020 to visit a coastal area of ​​the Aztec country, where the fish is its main raw material). “Mexican food is not tacos and nachos, it is much more. We must remember that the country’s gastronomy is intangible cultural heritage of humanity, “says Cordero, who maintains many contacts with the Central American country after so many years and years of trips to it, and who is continually committed to renewing the menu with new trends. –“Except in this pandemic, in which we have had to be closed for a year”–.

From Las Rosas de Guadalupe, in addition, it is recalled that Mexican gastronomy has Peruvian, Japanese, French and Spanish reminiscences, as well as indigenous, and that “it is rich in variety”. Open every day of the week for lunch and dinner, except on Mondays, for breaks, the place also has a detailed space that takes the diner to practically travel through Mexico.

“All the dishes that we add to the menu have been prepared and have been tested in recent months,” they say, pointing out that they have three levels of spiciness: green (not spicy), blue (slightly spicy) and red (spicy). “The food in Mexico is generally spicy and here we have adapted it to our palate. We always say that the highest level can be taken.” In fact, each elaboration has its spice and if the client wants more, it is brought separately.

Despite not having a menu of the day, the average ticket is around 20-22 euros, “depending on what you have for a drink.” Because when in Mexico you cannot miss the cocktail bar, such as the Margarita (tequila, lemon juice and triple sec), the Daikiri (lemon juice with rum) or the Mojito (lemon juice, rum, sparkling water, mint and sugar ), among others.

Chimichanga (two fried wheat tortillas, stuffed with nopales scrambled eggs -the tender cactus blades/leaves-, tomato sauce and cheese) and enchiladas (two fried corn tortillas, stuffed with chicken covered with mole sauce are two of their lifelong classics; to which they add Azteca pudding (lasagna-type cake with fried corn tortillas, pork, chicken and tomato sauce), chile en nogada (filled with meat stew with fruits and nuts bathed in sauce of cheese), taco pibil (meat stew with achiote, citrus, spices, onion and habanero pepper) or Crispy Veracruz (fried corn tortillas with beef stew, goat cheese, pumpkin flower puree and tomato sauce) .

“Flavors of Mexico, fresh Mediterranean products and the best selection of beers, cocktails and tequilas form our identity,” they say.