Non-stop laughter and conversation over drinks and light food was exactly what we needed on Saturday night. We had a place in mind, but found out when we arrived that it was booked for a private function. It wasn’t a big deal because we were in the heart of the city and walked off to The Baxter Inn instead.
A few style highlights first!
It was Fenella and Rebecca’s first time there and they loved the atmosphere and jazz music. At 8:20pm, it was quite packed but we did manage to find a table. As none of us had acquired the taste of whiskey, we played it safe and went with their signature cocktails.
From left to right: Toreador, vodka with fresh apple juice, Summerville Shakedown.
Despite how tasty those pretzels were, we wouldn’t have them for dinner so we decided on a lovely Italian place to move onto – La Rosa.
Fenella had a margarita, I had an Italian white wine, and Rebecca tried a cosmopolitan.
For our late dinner, we had the mixed salumi plate which was absolutely delicious. We loved all the different flavours, from the tangy bite of our pickled vegetables to the salty cured meats. It was a perfect selection!
We moved straight onto dessert, tossing between the tiramisu and mille feuille. The second choice seemed a bit different so we decided on that. And we had no regrets! Besides the stunning presentation, the slice was so crisp and the poached pear with dark chocolate and a hint of aniseed worked surprisingly well. Interesting and not sickly sweet – we couldn’t have made a better choice to end the night.
What gets us returning to La Rosa is not just the food and ambience, but the service as well. The waiters are incredibly helpful, attentive, and don’t make you rush. They seemed genuinely interested in how we were finding the meal. We were offered tea and coffee after our dessert, even though it would’ve been about 10:30pm. At no point did we feel rushed to leave – that’s how we stayed until 11pm. We were given enough time to think about our order and the bill wasn’t slapped on the table with a “When you’re ready” or even better, “Here’s your bill”.