Forgive me weekly brunch posts, for I have sinned and will not be blogging about brunching but instead meatballs. I realized that I brunched too often when I went to a brunch joint with my mother and sister and ordered chicken tenders. That displayed the early symptoms of being done with brunches. Just kidding I will be back for you my dear brunch do not fret, this is just a break. I just need some distance to reassess our relationship. It’s not you…it’s me.
Montreal has been quite beautiful these days and I’ve been enjoying walking around a lot. As I don’t exercise enough and eat too much, this is the only form of calorie burning I get besides breathing. This week my friend, Sally, and I decided to explore the restaurants in Griffintown and chose this cute and cozy meatball restaurant, NINI Meatball House. As you can tell from the picture almost everything during lunch is $5. WHAT A DEAL!!!
Look at this picturesque restaurant setting too. It’s sooo cute. The perfect location if you have a very white background dominant instagram feed. I love this white and slightly rustic look with the dangling lightbulbs. On a sunny day, the light hits the restaurant in the most beautiful way. (Not going to lie I stole that line from every romantic movie that talks about how the female lead is so beautiful when the light touches their face…I am still waiting for the day a human says that to me.)
~ How cute is Sally’s smile behind the menu ~
Forgive me again to my English followers for my stupidity in taking a picture of the French side of the menu, but oh doesn’t it make the menu that much more alluring when it’s in the language of love. However even if you can’t read French, I’m sure you can spot the words LUNCH and 5$. This is an amazing deal as it not only includes the meatballs that come in 3s, side dishes, but also beers and their house wines. We ended up ordering 4 meatball dishes and a salad to share. Of course we ordered wine, because…well no reason, just of course we ordered wine.
We ordered some much needed greens to balance the amount of protein that Sally and I ate. The dressing tastes like a regular wafu-like sesame dressing, so if you have an Asian palette this salad falls right in your alley (aka aisle 8 or whatever the number is for sauces at your local Asian supermarket).
Veal Parmigiana with Spicy Tomato Sauce
As evidenced by the sprinkles of coriander, this dish tasted very corianderey. If anyone loves coriander, you will understand what I mean by corianderey. I always find that coriander makes any dish that much fresher. However, I did find that this dish lacked some salt which would’ve heightened the flavours more. Then again, what do I know, I’m pretty sure that my everyday Chinese diet has like 200% more sodium than the recommended daily intake. Perhaps some more parmesan would’ve given it the extra saltiness it needed. However, if you’re looking for something a little more mild and easy to stomach this would be a good dish for you. I also didn’t find it particularly spicy, but you really can’t trust my spicy level because I’m pretty beast at eating spices (fight me).
Veggie Balls with Coconut and Curry Sauce
More coriander freshness, but this dish had much more flavour than the previous meat one. If you’re skeptical about vegetarian dishes, don’t be because this dish is amazing. The meatball is made from what appears to be chickpeas and it has bits of corn in it too. That sandy chickpea texture along with the clean chickpea taste blends nicely with the sweet coconut curry sauce. If you miss South East Asia like I do, then you’ll be able to taste a little bit of it in this dish. You can additionally checkout our YouTube videos for when we eventually upload the rest of our Asia trip to remind you of the beauties of South East Asia…aka Jen and I. If you didn’t get that let me spell it out for you…Jen and I are the beauties of South East Asia. Gosh darnit, I’m such a joker. ~crying internally~
Chicken with Wild Mushroom Sauce
This was definitely the homiest tasting one. Out of all the meatballs we’ve tried (please do not take this sentence out of context), this one was definitely the most comfort food like. Although, let’s be honest, all food to me is comfort food. The sauce was nice and thick (again, please do not take this sentence out of context), allowing you to get tons of it when you pick up your meatballs.
Beef, Cheddar, Bacon, with Smoked BBQ Sauce
My stomach just grumbled as I looked at these pics and I just audibly gulped. I’m not lying, this is not a drill, this is the real deal guys. My hands down absolute favourite meatball dish out of the four that we picked was this baby right here. For the meatball that had cheddar in it, a cube of cheddar was literally placed in the middle of the meatball How beautiful of a masterpiece is that. The BBQ sauce was the most flavourful sauce out of the dishes we ate and it just went so well with the chewy melted cheddar. I totally forgot that this dish had cheddar in it so you can just imagine how happy I was when I cut through it and saw this beautiful stretchy substance coming out of the meatball (again, do not take out of context please). I was ecstatic.
First off I apologize for the length of this post, if you made it this far, congratulations!!! I have no prize for you except eternal gratitude and love. I posted a lot of pics because the lighting that day was absolutely gorgeous and it captured the food in such a foodporn, aesthetically pleasing manner. I would definitely suggest coming to this restaurant on a beautiful day during lunch. The setting is gorgeous under good lighting and the fact that the majority of the dishes are $5 at lunch time is quite a steal. In the end I spent about $20 on this, split between Sally and I. If you’re not sure which meatball dishes to order I’m sure you can’t go wrong but if you like BBQ and cheese like any other normal human being, then definitely try that beef BBQ meatball dish out, it is absolutely divine. Peace homies.
NINI MEATBALL HOUSE
1752 Notre Dame Ouest