If you're looking for great food and great service, then Mellos Restaurant is the place to go! My friends and I recently tried it out, as Lola was lucky enough to win a $50 gift certificate at a local charity event.
Well Mellos may be known for its greasy, yet delicious breakfast, it has recently introduced a Supper Club, which features delectable meals created by executive chef Michael Frank!
When we arrived at the restaurant, we were instantly greeted and seated in a retro-style booth. The soft lighting and casual fixings were very inviting and comfortable...not like the usual stuffy overpriced gourmet restaurants.
The service was also phenomenal. Even with only a few servers, we were made to feel like the most important clients in the restaurant. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful, and made sure that we had the best dinner experience possible.
We started off the meal with a glass of red wine, which paired nicely with the starter cheese plate. It consisted of various fresh cheeses, pate, dried sausage, pickled onions and an array of crackers ($16). The chef also took the time to come to our table to explain each item on the plate.
The immediacy of the service was one of the truly unusual qualities of the Supper Club. The chef was practically cooking at our table. Well, not really. But the smallness of the dining area, and the closeness of the kitchen made for food that seemed to be direct from his hand to our table.
For our main course, it was very difficult to choose, as everything on the menu looked fabulous! I couldn't decide between the sustainable fish dinner and the Pad Thai. In the end, I went with our server's suggestion and ordered the fish, which was seared scallops served with risotto ($18). The scallops were cooked to perfection and practically melted in my mouth. The combination of flavours was also very light and pleasing.
Lola on the other hand went with the Buffalo chicken served with root vegetables, celery and blue cheese ranch ($16). The chicken was coated in a hot sauce, which a tad too spicy for my tastes, however, Lola was a fan!
Our other dinner mate ordered the beef short rib served with carrot bacon butter, scalloped potatoes and hunter sauce ($25). The beef was extremely tender and the bacon bits, which were drizzled all over the meal, was a delicious indulgence.
Overall, it was a fabulous dining experience. Each dish was prepared with flare and imagination, using only the freshest of ingredients. The tasty food, along with the personal and friendly service and retro atmosphere, made our night one to remember. We definitely recommend this restaurant to other food lovers! Try it...you will be delightfully surprised!
Cost: Entrees vary from $10-25
Hours: Mellos Supper Club: Open Thursday to Monday: Happy Hour 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., main menu served from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., late-night menu until 2 a.m.
Mellos Restaurant, 290 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa ON