Yes, my friends. You have heard correctly. There is a little gem that can be found right on Boulevard Saint-Laurent at the corner of Laurier Avenue in Le Plateau. Indeed this prime location offers succulent coffee with pastries from local vendors in the morning and once the sun sets over the Mount Royal, the location cloaks itself in a jazzy atmosphere with a bistro-type menu sponsored by an extensive wine list from private importation. Sounds great so far? Then meet Le Roseline!
Funny story about how this place came to life. Think of a fruitful side-hustle for two friends who have decided to carry out a lifelong project. Indeed at the tender age of 19, Jean-Marc Renaud worked at La Renaudiere (located in Lanaudière) for several years learning the ropes of the foodservice industry. He then graduated from Montreal's ITHQ (Institut du Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Quebec) in the '80s but had a calling as an artistic director. Fast forward to 2020 as Mr. Renaud went back to his roots by finally opening his own café and wine bar that is affectionately called Le Roseline.
With a plan finally set in stone, Mr. Renaud has called Martin Laroche to join him. The latter is a Quebec actor known for French tv-series Fugueuse and Ruptures. He's also passionate about wine and through this project, it was then heightened by making Mr. Laroche a lowkey sommelier. Indeed, you will find a rich selection of organic and natural wines that are mainly from France upon visiting the bistro. See where passions can lead you to? Never stop dreaming!
Now, when talking about two concepts, what's the meaning shall you ask? It's very simple. From early in the morning, you will be able to come in and enjoy a great cup of coffee (whether it's to-go or you'll need to spend a few hours and get some work done by having a snack before tackling your day). Yes, with products from local vendors such as the iconic bagels from Bagel Fairmount to croissants from Chez Brioche, you'll have everything you'll need to start the day on the right foot.
And of course, one nightfall occurs in Montreal, the Café becomes a cute jazzy bistro. What struck me the most was the decor. Indeed with a retro vibe filling the place all thanks to the 30's inspired furniture, you will be transported back to another era. Plus, the jazz music will help set the mood, that's for sure.
When it comes to food, the guys didn't opt for anything too complex. With the help of Alex Collyer, from Bon Vivant and Taverne sur le Square in Westmount, you will be able to find the classics such as a beef tartare, but also some mimosa eggs, Brussels sprouts and, the traditional beef pot-au-feu stew.
So shall we meet at Le Roseline?
This could also serve as a cute Valentine's Day date if you ask me!
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 am to midnight
Friday: 8:00 am to 1:00 am
Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 am
Sunday and Monday: closed
5014 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
All photos were provided by me unless stated otherwise