Location: 362 King Street East, Toronto
I think “subtle” is the best word to describe what they’re serving at Roselle Desserts, a charming little bakery on King, just around the corner from the Distillery District.
I tried three things: a chocolate chunk cookie, a chocolate souffle cookie, and a raspberry madeleine.
The souffle cookie was the best of the three. It had a rich, deeply cocoa-infused flavour, with a surprisingly subtle amount of sweetness. It also had a really satisfying texture: lightly crispy on the outside, and soft and fudgy on the inside.
Lack of sweetness seems to be a theme here; the chocolate chunk cookie was also way more subtle than the norm. It’s a great quality cookie, with a nice chewy texture and a very generous amount of tasty chocolate chunks.
Unlike the other two, the lack of sweetness felt like a detriment with the madeleine; this one was way too subtle for its own good, with only a vague whisper of raspberry flavour. The sweetness here was so restrained that I’m not even sure this should be classified as a dessert.