Rosedales Finest Toronto

Rosedale's Finest

Rosedale’s Finest is a boutique grocery store sitting quietly on a scenic stretch of Summerhill. Owner and executive chef Jameson Watermulder was the chef for five years at similar spot Summerhill Market just up the road before opening this venture of his own.

Brothers and managers Aaron and Josh Romaniuk came up through Summerhill Market too. It’s pure coincidence that they ended up in the spot, but takes what that market does to the next level with gourmet prepared foods and made-to-order hot items like duck pizzas.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

The store is split into two levels. This creates the effect of having a cafe in the front and groceries in the back.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

They brew with Rufino beans, and beverages run about $2.50 - $4.50.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

Croissants are baked fresh in the store, but they also have plenty of offerings from venerable local bakeries such as Forno Cultura and Blackbird.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

For example, these gold gianduja eclairs are from Delysees.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

Rosedale's Finest sells jars of granola, lemon curd and a “scone in a jar” from Baker and Scone.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

We try a few prepared items, like these tofu salad rolls ($9.99). Simple cucumber, pepper and mango are super fresh and clean tasting, and there’s a healthy wedge of tofu stuffed in here.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

Green curry cauliflower ($11.99) is a real winner. The kitchen here is headed up by owner Jameson Watermulder but staffed by folks who have been making these dishes by heart for years. The curry is thick, spicy, and satisfying, with nice big slices of cauliflower.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

Lamb osso bucco ($24.99) is a stunner. The lamb falls off the bone, and soaks up the sauce so much that it's not gamey at all. It swims in soft flageolet green beans with snappy carrots.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

Beef bourguignon ($18.99) is another way to enjoy a restaurant-level entree at home. Tender chunks of short rib co-mingle with oyster mushrooms, cipollini onions, and succulent cubes of bacon.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

Rare beverages like UCC, La Croix, and syrupy-sweet Mr. Flav can be found here.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

The club sandwich ($6.99) is a favourite among the staff. It's a finger sandwich of turkey, egg, bacon, sundried tomato and pesto on white bread.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

The cheese fridge is heavenly, stocked with everything from stinky blues to soft cheeses so melty they have to be sold encased in a plastic container.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

They also make their own cookies here. I was lucky enough to try a sublime chunk of fresh red velvet. There are also flavours like snickerdoodle.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

Pizzas are $6.99, and they can freestyle anything you want, but I wouldn’t argue with this duck confit, blue Shropshire, spinach and shallot creation.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

The place used to be a bank, and it has an elegance to it with super high ceilings emphasized by a long, modern chandelier, which seems to fit the vibe of the high end food.

Rosedales Finest Toronto

Photos by

Jesse Milns


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