I always get a thrill out of introducing friends and relatives to my favorite places all around the island. So when our friends Fernando and Amanda (both living in NYC) told us they would be coming to Puerto Rico for the holidays, we could not wait to take them to one of our go-to brunch places in Rincón: The English Rose.
The English Rose is a quaint bed and breakfast located in the hills of Ensenada, Rincón. It’s a bit of an adventure to get to there due to the steep and narrow roads leading up to the place. But don’t be scared, it is just like being in a rollercoaster and the ride is well worth it.
Reservations are a must here. I would recommend you call a day or two ahead to make sure you get a table. Otherwise, expect a 45-minute wait to be seated. Even though I forgot to request that we get a table on the balcony while making our reservation, we managed to score a table there regardless (LUCKY US!). There, we got to enjoy the breathtaking views of the hills and the coast of Rincón. Pro-tip: Don’t take your chances like I did and ensure your table with a view by requesting a table at the balcony when making the reservation.
After reviewing the menu, we had the difficult task of deciding what dishes to order. After a short deliberation, my husband went with one of his favorites, the House Egg Rancheros (Scrambled Eggs topped with Tomato Chili sauce and Manchego cheese served with black bean sauce, sour cream, and fresh tortilla chips). The savory dish was goodness on a plate!
Our friend Fernando decided to order the Dead Elvis (French Toast served with Caramelized Bananas, Saigon, Cinnamon and Syrup) and a side of bacon. This dish was amazing! The combination of the fluffy French Toast with the luscious caramelized bananas was mouthwatering. The side of bacon provided the perfect savory touch to the sweet dish. Thanks to the generous portion, we all got to have a bite of this scrumptious dish!
Amanda and I decided to go with the Benny Hill Eggs Benedict (Poached Eggs on English muffin with Smoked Salmon and Hollandaise sauce). I ordered a side of Bubble & Squeak (oven crisped potatoes with butter and onion). As you might already know from previous posts, I am madly in love with eggs benedict (or eggs in general for that matter) and they are my dish of choice when having brunch. These definitely did not disappoint. The gooey and yummy yolk, the delicate silky texture and taste of the smoked salmon, and the creamy hollandaise sauce were perfection!
At the English Rose you are guaranteed a fabulous meal (dishes range from $4.50 to $13.00), friendly service, and a million dollar view with a laid back atmosphere to boot. While there, make sure you try one of their various fresh squeezed juices. Lemonade, Watermelon, and Passion Fruit Tea with Mint are a few of my favorites. Also, their Bloody Mary is to die for. They are not only delicious but also incredibly refreshing. In sum, the English Rose is an experience not to be missed while visiting Rincón.