Le Roseline, the new coffee & wine bar on the Plateau
Café by day, wine bar by night, Le Roseline, recently opened on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, offers an eclectic concept that immerses us in 1930s Montreal with vintage decor and a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
Two concepts, one address
From 7:30 a.m., passers-by can stop at Le Roseline to grab their morning coffee and pastries. The lunch menu consists of excellent local roaster coffees (Kittel), breads & pastries from neighboring shops including bread from Boulangerie Guillaume, croissants from Brioche à tête and bagels from Fairmount Bagel.
The new evening menu revives classic dishes like stew, Norwegian omelette and alle vongole pasta. All revisited in the sauce of chef Alex Collyer formerly at Bon Vivant and Taverne on the Square. Some sure values are also on the menu such as beef tartare, mimosa eggs, beets with sour cream and horseradish and Brussels sprouts, capers and parmesan.
Accompany it all with delicious wines from mainly French, organic or natural private imports, and you’ll have a perfect evening with friends to the sound of pleasant jazz music. The wine list was drawn up by Martin Laroche, a well-known actor (Ruptures, Fugueuse, Trip à trois, Biological clock) who has developed over the years a boundless passion for the wine sector. He signs his very first wine list!
At all times, a snack menu consisting of good cheeses, cold meats, soup, rillettes is also available for those who are hungry.
A return to basics
The Roseline is an original idea by Jean-Marc Renaud. With many years of experience as artistic director, design studies and graduate of the Montreal hotel school in the 80s, he brings all this baggage to open his concept of café & wine bar.
Involved at the age of 19 in the family restaurant project, La Renaudière in Sainte-Rose, Jean-Marc worked there for several years and learned the basics of the trade.
It was at age 54, after a career as artistic director, that he made the decision to go back to basics and open his own café & wine bar, a concept still too little used in Montreal. The name Roseline is a nod to the first name of her mother Rose-Marie and her older sister Line.
A unique place
The approximately 1900 square foot room, located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard at the intersection of St-Joseph, has an anything but ordinary look. Contrary to what one would expect from a traditional business, Le Roseline looks more like entering a grandmother’s house or an old hotel lobby. The almost cinematic atmosphere plunges us into the heart of the Roaring Twenties, in Montreal in the 1930s.
After roaming the city in search of the perfect place to establish his concept, Jean-Marc stumbles upon this local on Boulevard Saint-Laurent.
“My whole family has been from Plateau Mont-Royal / Mile-End for several generations, so it’s kind of a continuity,” says the owner. The many family photos on the walls pay tribute to them. The decor is embellished with vintage leather armchairs, a long bench backed by a warm brick wall and several lamps with lampshades reclaimed from the former decor of Château Frontenac in Quebec.
“Many clients tell me that the decor reminds them of Paris, London or the SoHo district, cities where I have often traveled,” adds Renaud.
Roseline is the new place to check out, no matter what time of day to have a bite to eat while sipping coffee or a good glass of wine.