Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of dinner and drinks at The Rosedale Diner on Yonge Street. This deal is only valid for dinner.
The Rosedale Diner doles out creatively concocted dishes inspired by the old country and outfitted with a dose of modern swag. Commence consumption with the melted brie à la shum, a slab of creamy fromage accented with garlic, apple fans, pita points, and an overall dusting of za'atar, a traditional Middle Eastern mishmash of spices ($10). Begin practicing for the biting Olympics with the green-peppercorn duck liver pate, enhanced with a blueberry-balsamic reduction and toasted cornbread ($9). The burgers are made from locally raised beef and served on pita with frites ($14), and the vegetarian moussaka throws zucchini, eggplant, spinach, onions, mushrooms, feta, and gruyere into a welcoming tomato sauce, forced to do team-building exercises until their individual flavours truly shine ($17.) In-the-know foodies will want to try the poutine au canard, in which gravy-doused frites serve as the rendezvous point for duck confit and Quebecois cheese curds ($17). The wine menu features a variety of international selections as well as some local favourites.
The Rosedale's cheery storefront adds to the good vibes with a giant pink rose stemming out from a neon sign. Simple wood furnishings, dimly lit chandeliers, and warm neutral colours create a comfortable feeling, akin to dining in a good friend's home or with no pants on. Service is attentive and friendly, so grab a friend or gain leverage with a blackmailer with the aid of your Groupon.
The Rosedale Diner is recommended by 74 per cent of Urbanspooners, and Where the Locals Eat made it a Top 100 and Best Diner winner for Toronto. Yelpers give it a three-star average, and TripAdvisors give it a four-owl-eye average.
- New menu is great. Wine selection is quite extensive. Try the chocolate and chipotle ribs. Duck liver pate has great flavour. Very consistent quality and service. – Chamin Bellana, Urbanspoon
- The presentation was very nice, portion sizes ample and ambiance fun. Our waiter, a jovial gentleman made the evening quite entertaining. – PlatinumToronto, TripAdvisor
The Rosedale Diner
The pink neon rose suspended over The Rosedale Diner’s front door first lit up in 1978 and hasn’t shed a petal since. The owners began honing their unique worldly menu by applying modern twists to Bohemian and Israeli cuisine and later incorporating flavours from areas on other continents, such as Asia and Africa.
Inside, chandeliers cast soft glows over the rich, dark wood tables and bar, as well as the wood-and-glass display case full of artifacts from the eatery’s 30-plus years of food service. Patrons can gaze out the window while seated in intimate nooks or dine on the garden patio and charge up their solar-powered digestive systems.