Due to immense popularity and the state of the economy, the prix fixe festival has been extended by another two weeks (Feb 28th). If you’re following twitter or other online communities, you’ll notice that there is a divide between those who are enjoying the festival, and those who criticize it even before giving it a shot. Our next stop is Rosewater for lunch.
The quintessential classic supper club. 2 floors, private rooms, a waterfall bar, giant piano — the restaurant lends itself to many receptions and film festival parties. Natural light floods the large dining room during the day, dimness at night evokes romance.
No singular focus on the menu, as the chef borrows from classic international dishes and techniques. Started off with a slightly watery shrimp bisque dressed with shavings of green apple. Lacking in texture, but there tastes were there and the apple complimented the spice nicely. I got the impression that the charcuterie plate was put together with elements from the local Metro across the street. Generic Jamon, Genoa Salami. The flavours were clean and the portion was wealthy, but it didn’t really impress.
The serving of steak was a decent size, nicely cooked and served in a thick red wine jus and sprinkled with some blue cheese. A great tender steak that I’d easily order again if a larger portion was available.
The spaghettini was a mess of olives, cherry tomatoes, bits of chorizo in a tomato sauce. It wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be, but overall a great tasting dish.
The desserts were wonderful. A wealthy serving of creme brulee infused with chunks of lindt mlik chocolate. Apple galette with praline ice cream won me over with its crusted slices of fruit and warm puff pastry.
Service was top notch — very friendly and went above and beyond to ensure that we had a great $20 lunch. Wines are available by the glass to compliment the menu, ranging from $8-10.
Winterlicious Menu $20 Lunch, plus taxes and gratuity
Shrimp Bisque white shrimp & green apple or Mixed Greens, Radicchio & Endive Salad torched goat’s cheese, candied nuts, red beet vinaigrette or Rosewater Charcuterie Plate selection of cured meats, arugula pesto, bocconcini, focacci
Grilled Angus Flat Iron Steak mushroom, onion & fingerling potatoe saute, blue cheese, red wine jus or Spaghettini with Berkshire Chorizio marinated olives, spicy tomato sauce or Pan Seared Rainbow Trout sauteed spinach, wild rice, sherry vinaigrette
Warm Apple Galette praline ice cream or Lindt Chocolate Chunk Creme Brulee pound cake, berries or Daily Sorbet Selection
Rosewater Supper Club 19 Toronto Street, Toronto 416-214-5888
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Written by Suresh Doss
Suresh Doss is the publisher of SpotlightToronto.com and Rickshawmag.com. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America.