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Rosebud Cafe review

rc | Oct 20, 2005 11:34 PM

Had a really lovely dinner this evening at the Rosebud Café on Queen West. It’s a small space, long and narrow -- nicely done. There’s very rich wood paneling and cozy banquette seating which makes the space very cozy. The food though – that was really quite good. We started with an amuse bouche – a tasty little crabcake. Very light, crispy, not greasy. Lots of crab. The soup of the day was a roasted tomato soup: the very essence of tomato. It was simple (meaning, there weren’t a lot of ingredients or garnishes) but it tasted complexly of tomato, if that makes sense. I had the salmon - tonight a BC wild salmon instead of the advertised Scottish salmon. It was very good – the sauce (soy-cilantro) was good but it was really the quality of the fish that stood out. Very nicely cooked. My dining partner had the pork ribs – which were tender and moist. The revelation there was the cole slaw which simply rocked. It was fresh, herby, and very vinegary. Great. And finally we split a lemon cream bread pudding with a cherry topping. The bread pudding was good and lemony (not a dense pudding that you could slice more like sloppy French toast, though I mean that in a very good way) and the cherries nice and tart – together though, it was quite a dessert. The tartness of the cherries really offset the sweetness of the lemon sauce. We will definitely go back – the food was really good and the vibe – thanks to the nice décor and more importantly to the very lovely, attentive staff – fabulous.

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