We had checked out Rosewood over a year ago, it’s a fun bar in Old Montreal, perfect for game nights but with live music for that little something extra that makes it more than a sports bar. The food is upscale bar food with a few fun unexpected twists.
We started our night with an absolutely mouth watering cocktail. Rosewood really nailed every cocktail that they brought us starting with the Russian Bride cocktail. Sweet Pea was giddy with delight because she absolutely loves beets. Kettle one vodka, red beet syrup, fresh dill and lime juice made for an incredible cocktail, we were already three in before we decided to try something new.
The charcuterie plate was lovely – as we always love cured meat platters when they’re done right! Pâté, bresaola, prosciutto and salami were served on a wooden cutting board with a quail egg and pickled vegetables. This platter was the perfect accompaniment to the Russian Bride cocktail – it created a lovely sweet and salty combination of flavours.
This citrus and chorizo salad had its pros and cons. The grilled chorizo was a touch overcooked and dry, but the frisée salad was crisp and the dressing light. There should have been more lima beans because they were a nice combination with the frisée salad – but there were no fresh tangerines, although the menu stated that there will be.
The kefta skewers differ from what you would expect to find at a restaurant like Rosewood. The kefta skewers were made with ground lamb meat. A mint yogurt dipping sauce lay under the kefta skewers, perfect for dipping the meat. It came with a cucumber salad that was made up of slightly pickled cucumbers but didn’t particularly add anything to the dish.
We fell in love with the chicken nuggets on our first visit at Rosewood – homemade with the most tender chicken and crispy outer layer. They really nailed the chicken nuggets, they were perfect when dipped into their jalapeno ranch and BBQ sauces. This was our favourite appetizer!
The yellowfin tuna burger was not what we expected – the red tuna was very sweet which is not what we like to see in a seared tuna burger. There was very little avocado and the tuna should have been stuffed with less tempura so that it was tastier but everyone at our table seemed to like it so perhaps it was a matter of preference.
Sweet Pea ordered the lamb which is definitely not a dish that we expected to be outstanding at Rosewood but it really was. We’ve had really good lamb, we’re kinda snobs but Rosewood you tickled our taste buds. The lamb was very tender in a bordelaise sauce that was absolutely delicious, it sat on a bed of cheddar mashed potatoes that were creamy and can only be described as perfection.
Rosewood serves gourmet pub food with some phenomenal cocktails. Another favourite of the night was the Midnight Oil cocktail that Diva #1 kept ordering – Jim Beam, raspberry ginger beer made in house, and rosemary, it made for an impressive combination. We would return to Rosewood to watch the game, enjoy their splendid cocktails and those damn chicken nuggets in gorgeous Old Montreal.
Our Rating: As Expected
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