Mezzo Bar and Grill, Melbourne

23 Oct

Highlight – Contemporary ambience

Lowlight – No ‘wow’ factor

Arancini filled with spinach, caciocavallo cheese, chilli

Arancini filled with spinach, caciocavallo cheese, chilli

Oysters natural with lemon and red wine shallot dressing / baked with sopressa, chilli and white balsamic

Oysters natural with lemon and red wine shallot dressing / baked with sopressa, chilli and white balsamic

Twice cooked otway pork belly, spiced baby apples, cavolo rosso, leatherwood honey

Twice cooked otway pork belly, spiced baby apples, cavolo rosso, leatherwood honey

FOOD?

We chose Mezzo Bar and Grill for our pre-girls night out dinner and were allocated a high table close to the window. We weren’t overly impressed with the standard of food as it was quite average. First up were the arancini balls filled with caciocavallo cheese, spinach and chilli. I would say that I enjoyed this more so than my main. The texture was moist and there was just enough cheese to cover each bite. Our other entrees included a dozen oysters and a charcuterie plate which were both okay yet unmemorable.

For mains I choose the twice cooked otway pork belly with the cutest mini spiced apples on the side and red cabbage. The portion of the pork belly was massive and too much for me to finish. It could have used a couple more apples to balance out the flavour as the pork belly by itself got a bit boring.

Our table came to the mutual decision that the meal was satisfying yet there was no ‘wow’ factor. As such we decided against dessert and instead went out for some drinks instead.

Baked cannelloni with pork and veal ragu, white cheese sauce

Baked cannelloni with pork and veal ragu, white cheese sauce

Eye fillet ‘braciole’, beef rotolo, caponata siciliana, potato crisps, herb salmoriglio

Eye fillet ‘braciole’, beef rotolo, caponata siciliana, potato crisps, herb salmoriglio

SERVICE?

Our waiter was polite but a tad aloof. When he delivered our bread he only gave us enough for the table minus one. It took forever to wave him down again and when we finally did, he didn’t return for a long time after.

The waiter that took our orders appeared to have more experience. Overall service was a bit inconsistent but we weren’t in a rush so it wasn’t a huge deal that we had to wait for service during the night.

AMBIENCE?

Decor is modern with mood lighting suited to the restaurant style. Tall tables are situated along the outer areas and adds a point of difference in terms of interior layout. The bar area is central and quite large and would suit as a venue for after work drinks.

VALUE?

With the Entertainment Book you can receive 25% off the total bill up to $45 value. Although, it is quite expensive for mediocre food and I probably wouldn’t be returning anytime soon.

BOOKINGS?

Yes bookings are available and recommended especially on weekends.

6

out of 10!

Mezzo Bar & Grill
35 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9650 0988 

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Entertainment Book

25% off up to $45 value

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