Where do I begin… Montreal, your food never fails to amaze me. I took a quick 1-night trip to Montreal last week for a little getaway before university started kicking my butt again. Every time I visit Montreal I make sure to carefully select NEW restaurants that I haven’t been to before (while still visiting old favourites). On this visit I’m happy to say I visited two old favourites and discovered two new favourites!
First things first:
Mandy’s Salads are a staple to Montreal. Or at least in my eyes. I’ve been going to Mandy’s ever since I was in high school and it’s almost become mandatory to grab a salad anytime I’m in the city. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mandy’s it’s exclusively a salad bar with over 10 different options of unique and creative salads (or of course you can build your own). I try to try a new salad each time I’m here and this time I got the Asian salad! The Asian salad is made up of mixed greens, sesame seeds, mandarin oranges, crunchy noodles, cherry tomatoes and avocado – it definitely takes the cake as being one of my fav salads I’ve had yet.
Tommy is also a famous name in Montreal that I somehow only discovered now *cries*. It is the cutest, quaintest, picture-esque little café I ever did see. Whoever designed the interior deserves an Oscar or something because this place is beautiful. Not to mention the food is incredible! We went for brunch and had the vegetarian omelette as well as the waffle french toast. I don’t even need to say how good the waffle french toast was, I think you can just imagine it yourself… ridiculousness. I’m obsessed with plants and there’s greenery hanging from the ceiling, on the walls and across the floor so I was just loving everything about this place!
It’s my understanding that this is a fairly new restaurant to Montreal but don’t let that hinder your view of it – their pizza is PHENOMENAL. We had the Margherita pizza and …. wow. I didn’t even know a plain Margherita pizza could taste that good! They toss the pizza dough infront of your eyes and it is ART. For some reason I can’t upload videos onto here but if you check the post on Instagram there’s a video attached with one of the pizza makers “throwing dough”! We also got the gnocchi, and I’m not kidding it was also probably the best I’ve ever had (sorry Nonna). The gnocchi was doused in a ricotta lemon cream sauce with ground almonds and LITERALLY took my breath away. I would drive back to Montreal tomorrow JUST to re-live the food at Moleskine again.
And last but not least, Frites Alors. Frites Alors is a french fry shop and let me tell you their french fries are CRAZYYYYY. Like fully crazy. They have like a hundred different dipping sauces to pair with their perfectly crispy french fries. I honestly devoured my entire tray of fries before taking a photo of it which, if you know me you KNOW that’s not normal. [I promise the next time I go I’ll get a photo!!!!]