A lot of hype surrounded the opening of Quebec rocker Jonas’ Rosewood restaurant in Old Montreal. Affiliated with their neighbour Joverse, Rosewood plays on comfort food which is all the rage in Montreal. Think burgers, chicken nuggets and other childhood favourites that are revamped and labeled gourmet. The restaurant is dark and the atmosphere is that style of too-loud-to-really-talk BUT we-will-try-anyway. They have a stage for live music and a full bar, along with an interesting cocktail menu. Rosewood aims to combine Montreal’s two latest trends: gourmet comfort food and mixology.
Peaches planned a little coworkers 5 à 7 which began with dinner and drinks at Rosewood and ended at 4 am (that part was unplanned). The Divas aren’t meant for 5 à 7; we rarely make it anywhere before 6 and we never leave before 9. After downing a bottle of wine while getting ready, Peaches and Diva #1 set off to meet their coworkers at Rosewood. What an illustrious group of varied personalities! We arrived boozy and eager to order cocktails.
To start we had the chicken nuggets which were surprisingly very good! Meaty pieces of chicken breast were breaded, salted and fried to a lovely golden colour. Lemon was provided for that nice citrus taste, as well as two sauces: a jalapeno ranch that was creamy and delightful, and the Rosewood BBQ which was missing some kick.
We also ordered the chicken wings, which weren’t too shabby; they came with a choice of jalapeno ranch sauce or BBQ rosewood. We opted for the jalapeno ranch sauce which went well with the basted BBQ wings. The chicken wings were as expected, nothing particularly stood out about them. The nuggets were more impressive because they were meaty, and the breading was flavourful.
We drank more and gossiped with our coworkers. Rosewood’s burgers came with popcorn instead of fries, so you need to order your fries separately. We tried Le Massif which was a lamb burger with foie gras mayo, emmental cheese, chanterelle mushrooms and pork belly. A pet peeve is when restaurants add foie gras to their menu description of a dish, but then you cannot taste any foie gras. This was the case with the foie gras mayo at Rosewood; it was a bit of a disappointment. The burger patty was tasty; the pork belly was a little sparse, but in all it was a decent burger.
Diva #1 and Peaches received a pleasant call from Sensei whose Tinder date ran short (like him) and the latter part of his evening just opened up. He was hungry, but in an uncharacteristically pleasant mood, so we ordered him the cheesesteak Montréalais as he came to meet us. Smoked meat with Quebec cheddar, grilled red peppers, onions and spicy peppers made up this Montreal twist on the traditional Philly cheesesteak. It was decent, but our little cherub-of-a-Sensei was not particularly captivated. Rosewood has gotten a lot of hype lately but we consider it average, everything was as expected except those delicious chicken nuggets.
Diva #1 and Peaches brought some of our coworkers and of course our Sensei to Big in Japan Bar (BIJB), our home away from home. There we met up with Zeus and his twin brothers, JB, and other Montreal misfits who love BIJB’s cocktails and late nights at our favourite bar. Things got out of hand, cocktails were aplenty, and Diva #1 and Peaches ended up at Diva #2’s place where she made us pasta to sober us up before we trekked home. There we found our Foodie Guy and chattered on before we realized that we all had to go since we worked in the morning. Hung over at work with many of our colleagues, one of the gang didn’t even make it in the next day. Productivity was low, but it was all worth it after such an eventful boozy night. As for Rosewood, like their neighbour Joverse, we didn’t really understand the hype.
Our Rating: As Expected
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