Montrealers can finally get a taste of Moleskine, the new lunch and dinner sister restaurant from the city's vanguard wine bar, Pullman. After a soft launch, patrons can officially reserve at the Milton Parc/McGill Ghetto spot as of today, May 25, for Friday and Saturday dinner service. As previously reported, the restaurant from Bruno Braën, Catherine Bélanger, chef Frédéric St-Aubin, and Pullman's sommelière, Véronique Dalle, has a few different dimensions. Customers can order small plates to go, and homemade ice cream, from a takeout window. Moleskine's first floor serves a more casual, simple, and seasonal menu, as well as coffee, and wines on tap. On the second floor, look for a more complete, and refined menu (see below), replete with a huge wood fired pizza oven. Like Larrys then, the multifaceted new café-restaurant from Lawrence in Mile End, Moleskine operates on a number of gustatory levels. Co-owner Braën, a restaurant designer of note, orchestrated the makeover of the former Acropolis Ouzerie. All told, this looks like a welcome breath of fresh air for downtown and the Plateau west's restaurant scene.
Status: Moleskine, 3412 du Parc, (514) 903-6939, now open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.