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What's all the fuss about? - The Rosebud - Kinda long


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What's all the fuss about? - The Rosebud - Kinda long

Daniella | Apr 3, 2006 04:04 AM

My SO and I and finally made it down to the Rosebud over the weekend and I have to say the experience was to say the least anti-climactic. Food was quite good but I would have to say over-priced and under-presented what with all the latest hoopla. It is definitely a cosy spot, (be sure to request/insist on a booth when you make a reservation as our friends recommended because those tables at the front look extremely uncomfortable), but our server or servers or bussers, (it was hard to tell who was doing what job there), seemed harried and in a bit of rush to get us out of there. I've had friends who have dined there not long after this place opened, perhaps this was before the place was over-reviewed. Chef needs a manicure if he's going to chit-chat with guests rather than get our desserts out in a timely fashion so they can seat the next tables. For a bill for the two of us that was just under $200.00 including a 20% tip,, (we did have a nice bottle of wine), we should have stayed with our original plan and gone to the Niagara Street Cafe. I will say that the food was quite tasty but how about a heads up on ordering sides with our main courses. I kept reading reviews about the service, we both found it to be average at best. This spot is two and a half, maybe three stars. I really hate it when places get over-reviewed too quickly. Steven Davey from NOW is right when he calls the Rosebud the 'Resto du Jour' Maybe some growing pains? Value for your money is better spent at any number of spots within ten minutes of here. Overall experience could be enhanced by spacing out the seatings so your early diners don't feel bed about enjoying an apertif or espresso whilst others are eyeing up your table. We left wanting more.

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