We had not been to Meli yet, and were very pleased. Very.
The space is very cool, modern, with music playing at an appropriate level. Service was outstanding (we had an in given we’d met Rachel previously, but everything I saw indicated a very high level of service even if you didn’t know your server.)
The food was excellent. Portions and prices are just right. We started with a fried oyster special served with aioli and balsamic vinegar ‘caviar’. J had Lavender Honey Glazed Salmon, and I had Duo of Duck. The salmon was perfectly cooked, as was the duck, and all the flavors on the plate went well with each other. The food is creative and well executed. And the lavender honey butter… oh my.
Since we were off to a wine tasting, we skipped looking at the wines by the bottle, the wines by the glass are a bit limited, but there’s a good selection.
We skipped dessert (we had to get to the wine tasting), but we’re going back. I promise.