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.
The store is split into two levels. This creates the effect of having a cafe in the front and groceries in the back.
They brew with Rufino beans, and beverages run about $2.50 - $4.50.
For example, these gold gianduja eclairs are from Delysees.
Rosedale's Finest sells jars of granola, lemon curd and a “scone in a jar” from Baker and Scone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.