UPDATE : THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSE (AS OF SUMMER 2019)
Bistro Rosie is a small bistro serving exceptional cuisine, and all to be enjoyed in what are really nice surroundings!
Bistro Rosie opened in late summer 2017 in the Rosemont Petite-Patrie neighbourhood. Jeremy Daniel-Six and Sophie Duchastel de Montrouge (ex La Famille restaurant, ex Ma’tine) are the owners of this lovely jewel of a place, and we are very happy to see them back again in the business!
“’Bistro Rosie’, is really a nod to the Rosemont Petite-Patrie neighbourhood,” confides Sophie.
Chance played a small role in finding the location. « We discovered that the neighborhood didn’t have too many bistros and people seemed receptive to our idea, so we thought let’s go for it! Another important factor is my boyfriend who was very anxious to get back into the kitchen. Bistro Rosie is a mix between La Famille and Ma’tine, so it’s very us! (laughs) We really believe in neighbourhood development and we’re part of the community. » The small restaurant with 30 seats has been designed by the young couple themselves, and it is simple, no need for any fussy decorations. Some of the tables are set for two but there is also a harvest-style table near the front plus a long countertop with several seats where you can watch what’s going on in the kitchen. The main colours are black and white with some green accents from the plants that add a nice fresh touch. The big chalkboard lists the menu items.
And this is the highlight of Bistro Rosie. Jeremy is behind the recipes with the concept to offer two-course, three-course or four-course tasting menus. The menu changes every week and includes starters, main courses and desserts. To us, the dishes are delicious and prepared just right, whether it be soups, salads, seasoned vegetables, seafood, fish or meat, there is something for all tastes. Also worth noting is their extraordinary Brunch on Saturdays.
Bistro Rosie stresses the use of local and Quebec products (ie. Dunham beer, Automne Boulangerie bread, meat from a local butcher, produce from local markets).
The wine selections are straightforward, quite easy to drink, « good little juices ». Sophie has produced the wine list. « I just want wines that I believe are really good, that I myself, would drink every day and that I would want to discover. We’re more on finesse, lightness, thirst, not super-strong. » Fresh and tasty, they go wonderfully with Jeremy’s dishes.
Bistro Rosie stands out from other places because it does not accept tips. Why is this? « To counter the inequality between the kitchen and the dining room. We also wanted to show people that we believe our employees are worth gold, that they are needed for our business. We give them good, fixed salaries, and we want to make a difference in this area. We continue to offer quality cuisine and service because it’s our job and we love to do it. We just don’t do it for tips. » This gives the result of always knowing that when it comes time to pay, the bill is straight up, what you see is what you pay, including taxes and tips.
Encouraging people who are friendly and passionate is always more fun. « I’m quite chuffed with our restaurant. We’ve each opened several on our own in recent years, but this one belongs to both of us, to Jeremiah and me. We work really well together, we have the same vision, it’s really fun. » We definitely have a crush on this fine little gourmet venue. From dinner to brunch, from wine to a straightforward ambiance. Bistro Rosie is certainly a restaurant to first try and then make a return visit!