Perth, we’ve got an exciting new opening for you to check out. Mel & Co Garden in Nedlands officially opens tomorrow and this garden-themed restaurant (and hopefully soon to be bar) is dishing up plenty of delicious Asian-fusion eats and Insta-worthy cocktails.
This is the second joint venture for owner Raymond, chef Kevin and creative mind Tammi, with Napoleon Street’s Mel & Co Kitchen having opened mid-2018.
While both venues have their similarities, Mel & Co Garden has taken the menu to all new levels and we’re predicting the Hampden Road eatery is going to be packed once it opens.
It all begins with the menu, which is about as innovative as they come. Paying homage to the restaurant’s name, it features an adorable illustrated map to guide you through the scenic spots (Instagrammable eats), points of interest (chef’s recommendations), experiences (food with a side of theatrics) and discovery destinations (everything that’s new), as well as the vegan, vego and gluten and dairy free options of which there are many.
Our biggest piece of advice to anyone visiting Mel & Co Garden: bring lots of people. The heavier shares are huge and best enjoyed with a crowd.
To kick things off we dug into the pomegranate salad with apple, fennel and a tangy pommy vinaigrette, the asparagus with burnt harissa butter and the potatoes, which are easily our new favourite chips, served with shichimi togarashi seasoning and an aji amarillo aioli.
After this, came plate after plate of larger shares. While you’ll want to order everything, for your first visit we highly recommend the rendang beef brisket sliders with coleslaw and jalapeno dressing, the pork bao with pineapple salsa which is served DIY style on a huge plank of wood and the BBQ pork ribs served on potato salad and misted with a smokey glaze.
For vegans and vegos, the deep fried silken tofu with tempura sauce, jalapeno dressing and salsa is a winner and for huge meat eaters, the Kerrigan Valley Beef that’s crusted in herbs and served with truffle mash comes highly recommended—it serves five to six people, you’ve been warned.
Come dessert, the ruby chocolate panna cotta and the miso cheesecake are delicious, but if there’s a group of you, the Garden of Eden is a must. It serves two to four people and let’s just say it’s a theatrical experience not to be missed.
The drinks list features wines, beers, ciders, coffee and juices, but the cocktails section is where you’ll want to pay the most attention. The Smoked Espresso with tequila and hickory smoke and the Frozen Yuzu served with a tequila-infused icy pole and Persian fairy floss are incredible, but anyone who visits Mel & Co Garden must order the Poison Apple Martini. It’s served on your table underneath a smoke-filled cloche which is then lifted to reveal a concoction of vanilla vodka, pomegranate and lemon. It tastes like a vanilla slice all grown up.
Mel & Co Garden is officially open on Saturday from 7am to late.
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Image credit: Emma Bryant