Mauro’s Café, tucked inside Fred Segal’s on Melrose, features a fresh, seasonal, always-changing 5–6 course dinner tasting menu on Thursdays, and they invited us to come and give it a try. For $55 a person I think it’s a great deal from start to finish. Here was our lovely menu for the evening.
We started off with some wonderful bread, vinegar & oil, and olives as we sipped red wine.
Bread, Oil & Vinegar, Olives
First, was a delicious warm, creamy, carrot soup. It was full of flavor and felt fresh and light and not too filling. Just a perfect awakening of the stomach for more courses to come. Carrot Soup
Second, was the amazing quinoa salad with snap peas, tomatoes, and topped with avocado. This chilled salad was a nice, light, healthy serving; I would love to eat it again.
Third, we devoured homemade pesto gnocchi actually made fresh by the restaurant’s own resident Italian mamma. Such a treat! It was so fresh and just melt in your mouth awesomeness.
Fourth, the Main Course—the options were Salmon or Steak. They were both very tasty, grilled and blackened to perfection. Though the seasonal vegetables were just alright (a bit bland), the main courses were strong enough to make the dish. Grilled Salmon
Fifth: We were getting pretty full by this point but somehow this great cheese slate with orange jam, crackers, apples, and three cheeses (Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Blue) got all eaten up!
Sixth, Dessert! After watching an amazing tray of desserts go by throughout the night I got super excited about what our amazing dessert would be. So, as this came out you can imagine how underwhelmed I was. But after just having eaten a fantastic feast, I’m sure it was probably the right move.
Chocolate Cupcake dessert
In the end, we felt very full but not weighed down at all. Everything was so light, healthy, and (for the most part) quite tasty that we found it definitely worth the price. Especially given the cute, intimate setting, I would come back again and again to see what surprise dishes appeared in front of us.
More info at http://www.mauroscafe.com/
By Lisa Waters