Rosallie Le French Café
Double Espresso on Ice
Hazelnut Praline Latte
White Chocolate Coconut Latte
Tartine L’Americaine – Hardwood Smoked Honey Cured Bacon, Cheese, Egg Yolk
Tartine L’Espagnole – Chipotle Chicken, Mozzarella, Cheese, Red Onions
Quiche Chevre – Sauteed Spinach, Tomato, Goat Cheese
Cheese Plate with Whole Wheat Roll – Frenche Chevre, Comte, Brie and Italian Gorgonzola with Homemade Fig Jam and Candied Pecans
Butter Croissant / Pain au Chocolat
Madeline / Nutella Shortbread Cookie
Panier Pomme Tatin
Tart au Chocolat Cerise Noire
Tart du Fruits
Chocolate Mousse Tree on Shortbread
Raspberry Linzer Torte
An unabashed fan of Rosallie since day one, Jonathan Pluvinet’s French Café on Rainbow continuing to improve even though nothing in the Valley offers any real completion in terms of French pastry, December 2016 and the upcoming year will see the young Chef expand his menu while additionally developing an all-new dinner program to be served alongside Wines offered thanks to a recently awarded Liquor License.
Festively decorated with Holiday tunes chiming overhead, the ongoing construction on the Boulevard outside a minor inconvenience that will hopefully wrap soon, it was with a friend that the Rosallie was most recently visited, the Chef going well beyond the call of duty to show off several new creations alongside old favorites that continue to impress.
Now offering Smoothies alongside the Organic Teas, Espresso Shots and Lattes that trump Starbucks for Roast, quality and price, it was with slow sips of a fragrant Hazelnut Praline Latte followed by a melted White Chocolate concoction topped in toasted Coconut shavings that the meal got started, Jonathan’s newly launched Tartines benefitted by the same laminated magic as his Croissants with a touch less butter and sweetness, L’Americaine combining smoke and salt with just a touch of Honey gilded in Egg Yolk while L’Espagnole used the Chef’s housemade Chipotle Chicken to bring some real heat.
Still the cleanest edge one may ever see on a Quiche, the Eggy Pie mellowing Goat Cheese with Sauteed Spinach and the same bright Teardrop Tomatoes served in simple Balsamic and Oil alongside each Tartine, Rosallie’s Cheese Plate features a few fine choices alongside Fig Puree made from the Fruit of Trees right down the Road, the French Bread toothsome and Nutty, though the more gluttonous may wish to apply the preserves to a flaky Butter Croissant.
Still producing a Ducasse-level Madeline, thought he Canele remain marred by the fact that only a waxed copper mold will ever do for those who’ve enjoyed the best, Chef Pluvinet’s Pain au Chocolate and Almond Croissant have now seen the addition of a latticed Apple pastry not unlike an Apple Hand Pie, the crystallized sugar atop giving little indication of just how well balanced the Fruit and Butter flavor really is.
No doubt learning his audience, the Nutella Shortbread Sandwich selling well and rich enough to share, more big flavors can be found in the glassy Chocolate Ganache overlying Cherry Jelly, an Opera Cake offering a multitude of tastes and textures around the soft biscuit while the Christmas Tree is the same as Rosallie’s airy Chocolate Mousse Cup, but just about as cute as something edible gets.
Rounding out the morning with an individual Pumpkin Pie that eschews traditional Thanksgiving sweetness in favor of more focus on the Gourd, Jonathan’s Tart du Fruits places glazed Berries atop a base of housemade Almond filling, the Raspberry Linzer Torte soft and buttery around the same seedless preserves that made the similarly named Cookies great.
FIVE STARS: Continuing to grow and flourish despite a complete lack of local competition, Jonathan Pluvinet sets a high standard for what it takes to be noteworthy outside the Las Vegas Casino setting, the first year showing Rosallie Le French Cafe to be nothing short of treasure to local diners with no signs of slowing down yet.
RECOMMENDED: White Chocolate Coconut Latte, Tartine L’Americaine, Quiche, Almond Croissant, Panier Pomme Tatin, Raspberry Linzer Torte, Tart au Chocolat Cerise Noire.
AVOID: The Canele is not ‘bad,’ it simply is not like those in Bordeaux.
TIP: Buche de Noel coming soon. Place your orders now.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.