Why Mellos Is The Best Place to Throw a Dinner Party

Chef Michael Frank portioning out some carrot bacon butter mmm

Last week I invited some friends to share an awesome meal and few drinks for my 25th birthday. In years past I’ve taken a big crew to  Eighteen, Social (it’s VERY hard to find somewhere where 20 people can sit together!) and even thrown a princess themed party where (guys included) got dressed up in dresses and wore crowns. Long story short, I like to bring people together.

This year I wanted to make sure I organized something more casual, but still have a big group for a dinner. Through word of mouth I found out that Mellos Supper Club offers an amazing service; you can design your own menu for a large group starting at around 15 people- and I was intrigued. To me this sounded absolutely awesome, almost too good to be true! Usually restaurants have a specific “event” prix fixe, but Mellos offers a three course prix fixe menu that you design with their Chef Michael Frank. You even have the opportunity to choose the price per seating, beginning at a very reasonable $25.

A few days before my dinner I sat down with chef Frank to hash out the details of the menu. I opted for a three course menu, that had two starting plates instead of a dessert.

Staying true to chef Frank’s passion for cooking seasonal local cuisine we crafted an asian inspired feast that made sure to include some a few of my favourite things such a pork belly, curry and dumplings. 

In the end we came up with the following epic three course meal.

Start

  • Beet Salad/Fennel/Spiced Seeds/Horseradish Cream
  • Seasonal Soup
Second
  • Chicken Dumplings/Roasted Eggplant/Massaman Curry
  • Shrimp Pakoras/Channa Masala/Cilantro Salad
Mains
  • Yucatan Spiced Chicken/Pork Belly/Black Bean Empanadas/Squash/Greens
  • Beef Shortrib/Scalloped Potato/Carrot Bacon Butter/Hunter Sauce
  • Perch Tempura/Sobs Noodles/Chili Yam Puree/Pickles/Dashi Broth
Here are a few pics (I’m missing the perch!)

Beet Salad/Fennel/Spiced Seeds/Horseradish Cream

Seasonal Soup

Chicken Dumplings/Roasted Eggplant/Massaman Curry

Shrimp Pakoras/Channa Masala/Cilantro Salad

Beef Shortrib/Scalloped Potato/Carrot Bacon Butter/Hunter Sauce

Yucatan Spiced Chicken/Pork Belly/Black Bean Empanadas/Squash/Greens

The verdict wad deliciousness on all counts. The vibe at Mellos allows you to have a big group of people, all eat together, in an intimate and cozy atmosphere. The food wad great, I had a blast and (from what I can gather) so did my guests. You should do it too, really, you should.

Here’s snaps few from the amazing night. A big thank you to my friend Alex who took these for me and to the EPIC staff at Mellos that made this possible. I love you. Big hugs.

We filled up the entire back portion of the restaurant, including the bar area at the counter. T’was lovely. Ft L-R: Elise, Dimitri Onistuk, Shane Maley, Madison O’Connor, Charles Leury

Hustle and bustle of my Mellos cocktail hour before dinner service

Charles & I catching up

The candles that adorned our tables. Stole this Instagram beauty from Justin Dasilva.

Emanuelle Martel & I getting our pose on