Life is always fun when you are spontaneous here and there. Last Friday night, my friend Alex and I hit the road to Montreal. As the title suggests, it was somewhat impromptu, but not really. I have a lot of Type A tendencies. A couple of days prior to Friday, we had decided we would go to Montreal. However I allowed myself to be spontaneous with the restaurant that we ended up eating at.
After browsing around the Griffintown area, the new up and coming hip area of Montreal, we started aimlessly driving trying to get back to the highway to head home to Ottawa. We were using the GPS, but eventually decided to ditch it and just go with our gut. We stumbled upon a corner with 2 restaurants. Initially, we thought that the pub on the right was gonna be our spot. After stepping inside, we noticed a lot of sad looking older folks, all dining alone and some really terrible rock music playing in the background. The restaurant did not scream to me, in fact it’s energy pushed me away. On the opposite side, was this cute little restaurant called Machiavelli.
As soon as we stepped in, I knew it was the spot for the night. It had amazing charm and hospitality. The restaurant had a great little terrace in the back. There was a live piano player, and quite a few other diners enjoying the music and their dishes. Our waitress was a darling young lady who took the time to thoroughly explain things. A small language barrier did exist between the French and the English, but with patience from both sides, we understood each other just fine.
She was a doll and brought out freshly made bread. If anyone has ever dined with me, you will know I have a sweet spot for good bread, and a second basket was certainly ordered. Alex and I had the most amazing homemade Italian cuisine. I ordered the carbonara and Alex had the lasanga. We polished off both plates and there was no looking back. My only regret of the night, was not trying their creme brulee (my all time favourite dessert). We declined the dessert menu as we had eaten so much. On our way out, is when I noticed the dessert menu had creme brulee (I am kicking myself now).
I need to find more of these marvelous little gems of restaurants. Alex was the photographer of the night and took all of the photos. I take no credit. Check out Machiavelli the next time you are in Montreal. They allow you to bring your own wine. You will not be disappointed!