It was so stinking hot here last week! Like hot enough to bake cookies in your car – apparently a bored police officer tried it. It was tempting to just hide out in the comfort of my air conditioned house, but instead I braved the heat and ventured into Toronto to visit my best friend Lauren.
I met her at the Eaton Centre after she finished work on Thursday, and we spent a few hours window shopping and catching up before heading to our 7:30 reservations at earth Rosedale (website).
It was Summerlicious in Toronto last week, so a bunch of restaurants were offering tasting menus for only $25-45, which is an incredible deal. We put a lot of thought into choosing a restaurant. First I checked out the tasting menus and made a list of restaurants that sounded good. Then I crossed off any that had less than a 3.5 star rating. Then I eliminated any that were too hard to reach by subway. Then I ran the list by Lauren and asked her to narrow it down. Then we carefully assessed each restaurant’s menu again and narrowed it down to 4. Finally we decided on earth Rosedale!
Note: you have my full permission to think I’m crazy after reading that.
To start we decided to split a 1/2 litre of wine – we went for the Hidden Bench pinot noir, which we both really enjoyed.
After placing our orders we were brought out some bread and olive oil. I loved the olive oil – it was infused with basil, which made it taste like pesto!
For my appetizer I had the tomato salad with smoked paprika aioli, garlic croutons, basil, and queso fresco. This would have been an unremarkable dish without the aioli. It added a unique touch and awesome flavour!
I also tried Lauren’s chilled courgette soup with garlic croutons, goat cheese, and fresh herbs – I really liked it too! It was really light and fresh.
We both ordered the same thing for our entrees: seared Arctic char in smoked tomato broth with fennel, dill, and baby potatoes. I don’t know why I ordered this dish… I really dislike fish served in broth. But I thought it had the potential to be good, so I gave it a try and was unfortunately disappointed. The fish was overcooked and the overall dish lacked flavour.
Luckily dessert made up for it! I ordered the dulce de leche cookie ice cream sandwich with chocolate ganache, which was delicious. My only complaint is that I wish the ice cream had been more rich and decadent – it tasted a bit cheap.
So the food at earth Rosedale may not have been a total hit, but at least my company was good. Lauren is probably my favourite dining buddy – we always have the best wine fuelled chats during our dinners out together!
Do you have restaurant week in your city? Did you/are you planning to participate in it this year?
Who is your favourite person to eat out with?