Christina, a former resident of Ottawa who is currently living in Toronto, was visiting Ottawa for the weekend. I hadn’t seen her since I moved back to Ottawa for school. We were over due for some face time, drinks, pretty-ing ourselves up, and catching up.
Cammie suggested that we go to The Moonroom on 442 Preston street in Little Italy. 2 girlfriends became 3 and a girls night was born. Lets face it, you can never have too many girls-night-outs! Preston street is jammed with an overabundance of tasty Italian restaurants where you can get delicious food, red wines, and an assortment of beer.
The Moonroom is a little different. It is a lounge. It has white-fabric-draped ceilings that light up and change colours sporadically. The ambiance is cozy and warm. With a chalkboard filled with appetizers that make your mouth water just from reading them. The assortment of cheeses to accompany your wine is abundant and inexpensive.
When it comes to cocktails I tend to stay away from wines. I only really enjoy red wine when it’s paired with a hearty meal (usually including tomato sauce). My cocktail of choice is a caesar (spiced rum and coke if I plan to continue the party, or eggnog and white rum around the holidays). The Moonroom makes a caesar that is delicious, savoury, not costly, and comes with three tasty olives! Need I say more?
The conversation was wonderful and I missed Christina very much, but the best part was The Moonroom’s unique twist to their receipts. I know, this is a bit odd, but Cammie was just as excited as I was.
The Moonroom gives you your receipt inside a novel! Ironically, we each received a book that seemed to relate to us in some way. I won’t tell you who received what book, but it was uncanny that the books somehow connected to our pasts, or our current lives.
I will definitely be making a second visit to The Moonroom. If you are with good company and looking for somewhere low-key, and local to get drinks this is a unique spot. It does fill up quickly and there isn’t much seating, so be sure to get there before 11pm!