People are always asking us for recommendations and we definitely have our favourites but it’s always nice to add new restaurants to our go-to places. Moleskine, the neighbour from the team behind Pullman bar à vin, on Avenue du Parc, is our latest love affair. And we’re telling you, you’re going to fall in love with it too!
We started with the cocktail du jour which was la biccicleta, a classic Italian cocktail similar to a spritz but not as popular (yet!). Made with wine and Campari to give it that blushing hue and slightly bitter taste, it was refreshing and light, a perfect summer cocktail!
We started with a few appetizers, when do we not? On this particular night the hummus was actually a white bean purée, we didn’t mind the change at all! It was smooth and served with crunchy focaccia for dipping. It was a nice light dish to start off the night.
Another light, and summery dish, the grilled yellow and green zucchini was perfect, dotted with little pillows of creamy ricotta. A nice light lemony dressing was perfect and a little bit of crunch came from the pistachios which were a great addition to the plate. The basil leaves strewn about the plate solidified the dish as pure summer.
The beef carpaccio was our next dish, with a slight sear on the outside and ruby red meat inside – it was perfect! It was paired with the usual Parmesan and arugula that you’ll find on most carpaccio dishes but it was also dressed with thinly sliced red chilies and toasted hazelnuts. The combination hit the spot!
One of the first things to assault your senses when you step into Moleskine is the divine aroma of pizza cooking in their impressive wood burning pizza oven. And trust us, the pizzas are simply irresistible! We tried their margarita pizza and it was perfect. The tomato sauce tasted just like the ones freshly made by so many Italian families in September. And the thin crust, which had some delicious charring from the wood oven, held up well to the toppings. BUT – you could easily fold your slice à la New York and enjoy it that way too!
We also tried their pizza of the day which was a Hawaiian pizza. Again, the tomato sauce was perfect, the sweet pineapple was thinly sliced so there were no big chunks and the salty ham was delicious. It was also dotted with finely diced chilies for a little kick. We fell in love with Moleskine!
We ended our night over coffee and a delicious affogato that was drenched in their delicious coffee that was devoured before a photo could be taken! Moleskine is a fun place, whether you’re sitting downstairs at the counters with pencils hanging form telephone cords so you can doodle in between bites or you’re sitting upstairs where they take reservations for a more formal setting. They also do take out from their window on Parc Ave. The atmosphere is great, the staff super friendly and the food, well, we fell in love, and Diva #2 is glad it’s only a short walk away from her house!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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