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Published June 22nd 2016
Superb French food in a cosy cottage atmosphere
On a wet and cold winter's day, our extended family had a get-together at Rosedale Cottage, a French restaurant, for lunch. It was a time to welcome one brother who lives interstate and to enjoy our elderly mother's company. She has been a profoundly deaf person since four years old. At 91 years, she is now totally deaf so hand-written messages were passed around the table so mum could understand the banter. If she chose to lip-read the conversation, a game of charades ensued to her delight and our amusement.
Our meal began with wine and hot chocolates, not in the same glass, but they were welcome and warming indeed. Then the serious business of ordering began. We were a famished bunch so most of our group ordered entrees as well as mains. We could have ceased with two courses but in my family, dessert is not an option, it's a greedy prerequisite. We didn't wait long for the first course. Some family members ordered the Deboned Quail with the beetroot confit, chestnuts and shitake jus.
Nods and smiles all round for the first course. Our main courses arrived soon after and our eyeballs popped. The Basil Pesto Risotto I ordered was a surprise, as I expected creamy risotto that can be stirred in a bowl. Instead, there were three large flavoursome balls of risotto in a delicious tomato sauce. This dish was exceedingly tasty.
The Roast Corn Fed Chicken Supreme on parsnip puree with green asparagus and tarragon sauce was a popular choice. The other dishes were Duck Leg Confit on spiced pumpkin puree with onion jam, honey cashew nut and sweet soy glaze and the Swordfish with a caper capsicum sauce, were enjoyable and appetising.
Next, dessert, our favourite destination. Two of us ordered the Vanilla Creme Brulee Curd. Once again, my expectation of what I traditionally thought a dish should be, and what I visualised the dessert to be, were in stark contrast. When I ordered the dessert, I only read half of the menu, which to my eyes were Creme Brulee. The arrival of a beautifully sliced pudding with curd on top stunned me momentarily. Once I dug in to this visual delight, I was astounded. The pudding and curd were sensational and I could easily have ordered a second.
Rosedale Cottage has an enclosed veranda area towards the back of the restaurant which can accommodate up to thirty guests. There are also three private dining rooms which can accommodate from eight to fourteen guests. The waiter was initially luke-warm towards us. He was professional in leading us to our table and explaining the dishes that were not on the menu. He relaxed more as our lunch progressed. This would be my only gripe. Rosedale Cottage is a cosy place for fine French cuisine.