Dinner at Rosewater Supper Club
Before Summerlicious in Toronto ended for the year, Lena and I determined to squeeze in one more fine dining experience before time ran out.
Lena suggested Rosewater Supper Club, a hotspot frequented by celebs like Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Wahlberg, David Beckham, and Sir Anthony Hopkins during the Toronto International Film Festival.
We were immediately greeted by a beautiful but formidable building that looked more like the home of a secret society than it did a restaurant.
Only once inside were we certain we had come to the right place.
On our way to be seated we passed through a lounge with a well-stocked bar and ample space to…well, lounge – and entered into the main dining room, which was already bustling although it wasn’t yet six.
The interior of Rosewater is equally grand, with high ceilings, ornate moulding, and large, arched windows that allow sunlight to spill in.
This is the lovely Lena, who is the sort of person you feel comfortable spilling your guts to after chatting for mere minutes. It’s really quite the superpower she has.
Since the menu was proving difficult for both of us, we decided to order two appetizers, two mains, and two desserts and split everything down the middle, giving us both the opportunity to try more dishes.
This was easier in theory than in practice.
While we pondered which two out of the three dishes we would order, we munched on an assortment of fresh breads and flatbreads with butter served in a Chinese soup spoon.
And ordered drinks, of course. I had a fruity elderflower and champagne cocktail which was very tasty, and Lena had a glass of wine.
The first starter we shared was the truffle and taleggio (an Italian cheese) croquette served with a grilled vegetable antipasto in an aged balsamic vinaigrette. The croquette was delicious, perfectly crisp on the outside and ooey-gooey in the middle.
The second starter we shared was probably my favourite part of the whole meal: passion fruit-glazed tiger shrimp with an Asian vegetable slaw in a soy and mirin (a rice wine similar to sake) dressing.
They were cooked to perfection and beautifully seasoned.
There was only one problem, and this is where the sharing began to get tricky: there were five shrimp, and two of us. May the odds be ever in our favour.
After such marvellous starters, the mains were slightly disappointing. We both found the crisp skinned BC snapper (with wasabi mashed spring roll, wok fried gai lan [Chinese kale], and black sesame tangerine butter) to be a bit dry, bland, and chewy.
We both agreed that the best part of the plate was, surprisingly, the tangerine garnish. The juicy segments were refreshing and sweet but with the most subtle hint of sesame flavour, which was an unexpectedly beautiful combination.
The second main was worlds better than the first. We had the spiced Cornish hen with roasted asparagus, blistered cherry tomatoes, and summer pea risotto with natural jus.
The Cornish hen was juicy and flavourful, but the risotto was a creamy delight that made both Lena and I swoon.
To end the meal we had the white chocolate and raspberry trifle with Grand Marnier mascarpone cream, which was fluffy and heavenly, though I must say I have had equally good trifle at a more reasonable price point.
Lastly, we split the ‘house spun trio of sorbet’ which was listed as peach, blueberry, and strawberry, but I remain convinced was mango, raspberry, and blueberry. In any case, neither Lena and I were impressed, and though our server told us they were made from real fruit in-house, I got a sort of artificial aftertaste, so I’m slightly suspicious of that.
All in all it was a pretty good meal, though I feel a bit overpriced for a $35 dinner. Perhaps my tastebuds were slightly spoiled having just eaten at Canoe days before.
Time to start the countdown to Winterlicous! xx