I love exploring and venturing into new places to eat. So when my friends invited me to lunch at Rosedale Diner’s, of course I said yes.
One of my friends was super excited to sink his teeth into the duck confit poutine and I was thrilled to be going to a restaurant that featured on the Toronto episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
We got there around 2ish. Parking just around the corner. Small restaurant with a cozy vintage décor. So far, so good.
Unfortunately they were still serving brunch so we couldn't order any of the specialties of the house.
What I order was the Estis Zesty Salad. What I got was an average hummus with soggy salad, 3 small greasy falafel balls and a tiny pitta bread.
The waitress landed my dish on the table and I honestly kept waiting for the salad to be brought out until I realize THAT was the entire dish.
My concept of an Israeli salad would be something fresh, light, and colorful with plenty of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley combine with a drizzled dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and mint leaves… not something that tasted like it had been sitting in the salad dressing for ages.
My husband tried the Bigger Breakfast. He asked for sunny side-up eggs and end up with crispy, bubbly eggs instead of soft and silky ones. Fries were burned and greasy. My humble home cook opinion is that fries were sliced too thin and they end up cooking too fast. Sausage was crazy hot and the fruit portion consisted of one strawberry, one blackberry and two blueberries.
That being said, I have no idea what the hype is about this place. Very disappointing, pricey food.
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