There is a new dessert place near home. If I’m looking for some pretty, french-inspired pastries, look no further than Roselle Desserts.
I really enjoyed my experience at Duo Patisserie, but it’s such a drive to go there. So, I’m really happy that this little patisserie opened near home. Only opened in late-February Roselle is already local fixture in the up-and-coming Corktown neighbourhood.
I stopped by after grocery shopping and while I couldn’t stay to enjoy my dessert, nor able to get the soft serve ice cream (next time!!), I took home a piece of The Chocolate One, a layered cake of dark chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge, dark chocolate ganache and crispy chocolate pearls. So decadent and not too sweet either.
It is nice treat for those once-in-awhile (or everyday, whatever floats your boat 🙂 ). Pricy, yes but there’s no denying how much labour and quality ingredients goes into these creations. The owners are locally trained, but worked in Michelin-starred restaurants abroad. You know you’re in good hands when it comes to these desserts.
UPDATE: I am currently in Los Angeles, recharging at a nearby hotel near LAX before boarding a late-night flight to Melbourne, Australia. I really dislike Air Canada, there’s always some delay or issues with them. My flight to LA was not only delayed, but they double booked some passengers. I got to my seat only to discover someone was sitting in it. I told the girl (she was probably 10 years old) that that was my seat (window seat) and she said it was hers and that I can sit in the middle seat, which I would have IF SOMEONE ELSE WASN’T ASSIGNED TO IT. It was eventually cleared up, but what was more WTF was the little girl has TWO tickets under her name, one was assigned to the middle seat next to mine and one that was assigned in the middle seat in front of my row.
Seriously Air Canada??
Edit: This is a revisit from October 2015:
SO. GOOD. Roselle Desserts infuses whole tea leaves and toast the milk for this decadent soft serve ice cream. I had it with all the fixings of lemon cream, earl grey cookie and white chocolate pearl. The lemon cream gave it a bit of a tart surprise. ❤
Edit Sept. 17, 2016: The earl grey soft serve is no longer available (in fact, it came back for two weeks in August after overwhelming demand). Below are a few more desserts we’ve tried — some are seasonal and may not no longer be available at time of this edited post.
Buttermilk soft serve with Ontario strawberry coulis, caramelized graham and a tiny strawberry.
Hello Summer: creamy vanilla cheesecake mousse, rhubarb compote and fresh Ontario strawberries.
Banana Cream Pie Éclair – vanilla bean custard, rum caramelized bananas, whipped white chocolate.
Earl Grey Take 2 – Valrhona Jivara milk chocolate mousse infused with earl grey tea, bergamot creameux, tea flecked vanilla sponge, lemon and white chocolate feuilletine.
Dark Belgian Chocolate soft serve – 70% Belgian chocolate with dark chocolate crispy pearls, salted chocolate sablé and fudge brownie at the bottom. Please note, the toppings are extra.
Chocolate Millefeuille – housemade puff pastry, whipped Valrhona milk chocolate cream, dark chocolate cremeux and sprinkles of flaked sea salt. This was available during the evening/weekend dessert menu. The bites with hits of the sea salt really brings out the chocolate.
The ones below were only available for Easter. I have to admit, I was drawn to the bunny when I saw it on Instagram, so I went to get it and came back with two pastries. Living close to Roselle is dangerous.
Hunny Bunny – raspberry mousse, raspberry lemon verbana cremeux and lemon curd.
From June 2017: The mango and passionfruit dessert was available in their evening menu, no longer available.
For Valentine’s Day 2018:
For Easter, Roselle created Easter Eggs that had goodies inside. Each egg that were made is individually painted, casted in white or milk chocolate (the milk chocolate isn’t as colourful and is dusted with lustre). It was filled with chocolate hazelnut caramels, mango passionfruit caramels and Earl grey meltaways.
Edit: More desserts from Roselle we’ve tried!
This became our new favourite at Roselle: Black Sesame Eclair – whipped black sesame cream, sesame praline, milk chocolate cremeux and roasted hazelnut.
Pistachio Honey St. Honoré – mini choux, pistachio mousse, crystallized honey, fresh cream, house made puff pastry. This is the older version of the pastry, it’s now circular.
I hyperventilated when Roselle and Bar Ape were collaborating, I mean, my two favourites coming together for limited time soft serve?! <3. I’m hoping they will collaborate again next year.
Bar Ape’s Ontario Blueberry and Roselle’s Earl Grey Twist. This was love. Pure love.
Bar Ape’s Ontario Peaches and Roselle’s Buttermilk. I’m not a fan of buttermilk so I opted for the Ontario peaches. Jeff said the twist has a good balance.
A small quantity of madeleines are made; if you see them, snag a few! These soft, buttery little cakes with hints of tartness are best eaten fresh.
Edit: Fun fact… I share the same birthday as Roselle. This year, they celebrated their fourth year in business. We dropped by a piece (or two!) of cake.
Birthday Cake Cake ($7.00) – sprinkle studded buttermilk cake with whipped white chocolate and passionfruit cremeux.
The Birthday Cake can be ordered as a whole cake for special occasions, but the sliced cake is available whenever it’s a staff birthday, the shop’s birthday, etc. I love that it isn’t too sweet and the passionfruit creme gives it a nice zing in every bite.
Choco-Hazel ($8) – milk chocolate mousse, hazelnut praline and dacquoise, dark I’vchocolate puffed rice.
Edit: I have almost tried every single items at Roselle haha
The Soufflé Cookie is on their permanent offering. It’s a soft cookie, but I did find it a tad sweet.
Chocolate Raspberry Tart (Mother’s Day 2019, $7.50) – House-made raspberry jam, 70% dark chocolate ganache, freeze-dried raspberries, cocoa nibs on a dark chocolate sable tart shell.
For Mother’s Day, Roselle made two pastries: a passionfruit one and this chocolate raspberry tart. I wanted to get the passionfruit to bring to my parents for Mother’s Day dinner, but they ran out. Nonetheless, the tart was still good. Rich, decadent chocolate with the raspberry to cut the richness.
Flix Mix ($6.25) – clusters of white chocolate, raspberry, earl grey covered Golden Graham cookies, toasted almonds and house made shortbread.
Flix Mix is so. Darn. Good. For an earl grey lover, this is one of those things that you can’t stop eating.
Edit: Since Roselle West opened, there has been a bit more offerings in the OG East location like croissants (which you can find at the West location too, because it’s all baked there).
Bostock ($4.75) – baked brioche with almond cream, orange blossom syrup and sliced almonds. Twice-Baked Almond Croissant ($4.75). The Bostock is like a sponge; nutty with hints of orange.
Ontario peach season is pretty much over, but Jeff and I were able to try a peachy dessert during their evening dessert service.
Edit: For the 2019 holiday season, I picked up the Holiday Cookie Tin.
Cardamom Almond Shortie (cardamom scented shortbread with roasted almond), Eggnog Meringue (vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg), Gingerbread Sammie (gingerbread spiced cookies, roasted white chocolate ganache and candied ginger bits), Chocolate Almond Thumbprint (cocoa cookies with dark chocolate almond chunk and sea salt), White Chocolate Candy Cane Shortie (butter shortbread, sprinkled with white chocolate chunks and candy cane bits) and Strawberry Vanilla Thumbprint (buttery vanilla shortbread with house-made strawberry jelly).
Edit: Jeff’s go-to croissant from Roselle is the Twice Baked Almond ($4.50). Available at both locations.
Edit: The Flix Mix is one of my guilty pleasures. When Roselle came out with a Dark Flix Mix with chocolate and coffee… oh boy.
Edit: At this point, we pretty much tried everything from Roselle, haha.
362 King St. East