Rosewater is an upscale dining establishment right next to the financial district. The decor inside is stunning - classy and romantic. The food was mouthwatering - all the items on the Winterlicious menu were appealing and reasonably priced for $20 (excl. tax and tip)
Winterlicious in Toronto started 10 years ago after local restaurants suffered from the fear of the SARS epidemic. Popular restaurants all over the city decided to ban together and offer 3 course prix fixe menus to encourage people to eat out. The idea was so popular that they decided to offer the prix fixe menus twice a year for 2 weeks: Winterlicious (January - February) and Summerlicious (June - July).
The Prix Fixe menus range from $15-$20 for lunch and $25 - $45 for dinner.
Inside the main dining room
Truffled Cream of Cauliflower with ice wine Crème Fraiche
The soup was thick and rather heavy, but the creme fraiche really made the difference in the overall soup. I felt that there was the right amount of truffle oil so as not to overwhelm or take away from the actual cauliflower soup. A great way to start the meal!
Parsley Crusted Salmon with steamed garlic clams, yukon gold potatoes and leek chowder
The salmon was also nestled on the cubed yukon potatoes, carrots and clams. But clearly the main attraction was the salmon which was perfect. It was moist & nicely crusted so that every bite was scrumptious (especially with the chowder)! I could go on for days about the chowder - it was heavier than a regular sauce and packed a bunch of flavour. It all worked together and made the dish divine! I'd come back to pay regular price just for the salmon dish alone, but it got even better with dessert:
Pistachio mandarin tartlet with raspberry ice cream
The pistachio tart was heavenly! Seriously decadent and evenly warm throughout the entire tartlet (no cutting corners and microwaving here). I never thought mandarin oranges and pistachio could come together and create such an exquisite dessert - WOW and with combination of the raspberry ice cream and cookie crumbs - absolutely superb. Even though I wasn't very hungry, I literally tried to lick the plate clean and devour every single crumb. Definitely an amazing dessert chef to watch out for here at Rosewater!
Conclusion: Great meal and service at Rosewater! I'd highly recommend it (especially the dessert)!