Melo's Restaurant, Quezon City
My brother and I had planned on having dinner at another restaurant on February, 15. However being that it was a Friday, the day after Valentine's Day, and payday, traffic was one big mess over the entire Metro Manila area. Instead of braving to traverse the traffic along Edsa from Ortigas Boulevard to Makati, my brother suggested that we go to Melo's Restaurant in Quezon City instead.
For those of you who are familiar only with the restaurants in the Makati area, let me start out by saying that Melo's in Quezon City is the original Melo's. Melo's claim to fame is being the home of high-grade steaks and Wagyu beef. Melo's is in one of the older homes in Scout Esguera Street that was converted into a restaurant. We were immediately greeted at the entrance by the hostess. Within minutes we were seated. Our first table had the air conditioner blowing directly in our area. When the waitress noticed my discomfort, she asked whether we would prefer to move to another table which we accepted. The night that we went, most of the diners were couples still celebrating Valentine's Day. Dimmed lights and soft samba music creates the ambience at Melo's.
We started with a Raclette appetizer. Meals came with the French Onion soup which was delicious. My brother who has a passion for steak ordered an Angus steak from the steak cart. The steak cart is a Melo's innovation. The slab of uncooked Angus beef was rolled to our table. Your steak is cutter to your specified thickness. The steak is weighed and then cooked to your specified doneness. Word of caution: the price on the menu is the price per ounce not the price per steak. So, depending on the size of your steak, this could set you back by a couple of thousand pesos. I chose the Angel Hair pasta with gambas (shrimps in olive oil and roasted garlic). The pasta was also cooked to perfection. I asked my brother to give me a few pieces from his steak. The steak was very tender and cooked to my brother's preference (medium). The dessert selections except for the cheesecake were all concoctions with ice cream. We passed on having dessert.
Service at Melo's was exceptional. One waiter would be serving at your right side while another one would be clearing from the left. While this might seem like having too many waiters hovering around, it was not the case. They were quick and for the most part of our meal were not present unless called upon.
If you happen to be in the Quezon City area and are looking for a restaurant for a fine dining experience AND cost is not an issue, then Melo's is the place to go.
I rated this restaurant Average in the category "Families with Children" on the assumption, children's ages up to 12. I didn't see a children's menu so I assume that children would have to order from the adult menu which could be pricey.
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