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LA Fromagerie - March 28, 2006
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Selection of cheeses is outstanding. The owners (Hazel and Robert -- they're fellow cheese lovers, not a couple, for those of you that will wonder) are really friendly and fit the artisanal feel of the place. They'll spend lots of time helping you find the right cheeses; and they know cheese. For us North Americans unfamiliar with this approach to service it can mean that you're often waiting patiently (or unpatiently) for them to finish with another patron. Don't go in there in a rush. They have good bread as well. Only downside is that sometimes there's none left after work; and occassionally the cheese you've grown to love is sold out. The price of becoming a popular cheese destination, I guess. Anyhow, overall you not only get great cheese but you also get a momentary feel of la dolce vita. The artwork on the wall is apparently Robert's own creation.
I recommend this place.
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Rosebud - March 28, 2006
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful. Aside from being situated close to a pretty grungy intersection (Bathurst and Queen), the stretch west is improving with leaps and bounds, and Rosebud goes a long way in this cause. Someone said Rosebud's is the location of the old Mr. Pong's -- what a stark contrast. The atmosphere is great, it's nice that there are not too many tables. The food was amazing, I had the gnnochi with ox tail and parmesan shavings on top. So delicious. the only reason I didn't give 5 stars for food is because I thought the dessert was okay (we had the pain perdu) not as stellar as the meal. Service was definitely impressive. If you like wine, we had an incredible Burgundy red from Gevrey-Chambertain, it was outstanding and apparently you cannot buy it at the LCBO, they have it on consignment. The place was packed with mostly 30+ foodies. Highly recommend!
I recommend this place.
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