Restaurant Rosalie: A Review
Wow! That is all we could say when we left this quaint replacement for the space formerly occupied by Cafe at Cedars. Greg, chef and proprietor and Kelly, his lovely fiancee, have brought a true gem to our community.
Three of us made a spontaneous decision to have lunch today at Rosalie, named after Greg's mother. We were greeted warmly and seated by Kelly. After giving us the particulars of the du jour offerings, we were committed. The soup, a creamy sweet pea, finished with a tomato fondue, crème fraîche, and tiny pea pod was served at the perfect temperature and tasted amazing.
The quiche, caramelized onion, tomato concassé and asparagus was prepared with a puff pastry crust and served with 2 side salads. Field greens with their house made buttermilk dressing and couscous with lemon zest, mint and finely diced red bell pepper.
The entrée salad was field greens with poached chicken breast, orange segments and julianned red bell pepper and the buttermilk dressing. The salad also came with a side of the couscous. I can not eat bell peppers so my salad came with perfectly roasted vegetables. Zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms.
Everything was as fresh as I have seen. Greg stopped by to inquire about our satisfaction. We were thrilled with our dishes! Their focus is on fresh local ingredients and a real dining experience. They are spot on. Their menu is limited and changes almost daily. When we first looked at the menu, we were wondering why there were so few choices. We definitely understand now.
We passed on dessert. I do not drink coffee, but my friends both had coffee and I must tell you, the fragrance was divine. When Kelly brought our check, we were presented with their house made chocolate truffle. I don't even have a word for how blown away we were!
We were disheartened to see so many empty spaces in this small center. Restaurant Rosalie needs and absolutely deserves the support of our community. It is a BYOB and offers two prix fixe options for dinner. We will be regulars and I ask all the Hounds around to give them an opportunity to be as successful as they deserve to be!
Wow! Based upon feedback on this site, we went to Rosalie's last night with another couple. The food & the service were excellent. Greg & Kelly are very gracious hosts, and the food is exceptionally good. We loved it all from the amuse bouche to the dessert. The entree was a real star: herb encrusted cod over leeks, with Kennet Square mushrooms, a roasted tomato stuffed with capers & olives, and a white bean side dish. The combination of flavors was heavenly.
Had another (2nd) great meal at Rosalie last night. Started with pork belly amuse bouche – in sous vide for 12 hrs – melted in our mouths. Lentil soup (pureed and had a dollop of creme fraiche on top) was followed by a lamb T-bone – in sous vide for ~2 hrs and pan seared. Wonderfully prepared, perfectly seasoned and overall delicious! It was presented with some ci ci beans, cipollini onions, and couscous. Next were a field green salad and chocolate mousse tart for dessert.
As before, Kelly and Greg were so nice and accomodating. When we arrived Greg was outside picking herbs from the garden. Talk about fresh. What a great place, we will certainly be regulars.
Finally had the opportunity to dine at Restaurant Rosalie on Friday night with friends, and everything was excellent. The aesthetics and setting was beautiful. We started the meal outside on the patio, however moved inside for dessert as the bugs started to get a little annoying.
The food was incredible - amuse bouche (seafood dumpling - but that really doesn't adequately describe it!), creme of crecy soup (carrot), poussin, salad, and dessert. Both the chef and lone server were so nice and accomodating. One of our party had a food allergy - scallops - and Greg quickly whipped up a different amuse bouche for her. The poussin was removed from the sous vide and pan seared and paired with an incredible creamy orzo. Both the salad and dessert were equally as delicious.
Overall, an excellent experience. Rosalie will be added into our favorite restaurant rotation! Unfortunatley, we thought it was a little slow for a Friday night, the 4 of us and only 2 other tables. Hope others give it a try. Can't wait to go back - especially for the veal NY strip (week of Sept 2-5).