Mama Melrose Lunch

It had been many years since I had dined at Mama Melrose, mostly due to the limited amount of time I spend at Hollywood Studios during my trips to Disney World.  I had intended to have lunch at Mama Melrose on the last day of my Fall 2016 trip but while in transit to DHS I received a call from Disney dining.  They explained that there had been a mishap (small fire I think?) in the kitchen at Mama Melrose earlier that morning and they needed to close the restaurant for the day.  They offered to transfer my reservation to another restaurant and I chose my favorite DHS restaurant, 50’s Prime Time Café.  Though I was happy to have the opportunity to again dine at PTC, I was disappointed that I would have to wait another year to add a new restaurant to my list of those reviewed on my blog.

But fast forward one year to Nov. 1, 2017 and I was finally able to fulfill my wish to dine at…

My friends, Paula & Hunter, joined me for this lunch, which was scheduled for the restaurant’s opening time of 11:30.  We arrived before they had began seating guests so after checking in we waited in the lobby area.  From this area, I was able to get a few photos.  The first of these was of their open kitchen, where the chefs were hard at work preparing for lunch…

The light fixtures over this kitchen prep area were quite interesting…

And then the empty dining room, which is quite pretty because of the lighting…

We were soon seated at the 4-top table pictured in the lower left hand corner where we dined with Bobby Vinton…

We were then greeted by our server, Annabelle, who provided us with excellent service throughout our meal…probably the best of our two week trip, which included several signature restaurants.  So kudos to Annabelle for outshining the “supposed” best of Disney’s best!  We made a point of letting the manager know what a great server she was.

After Annabelle took our drink orders, we perused the Mama Melrose menu…

Once we made our decisions and placed our orders, Annabelle brought us some rolls and a large bowl of olive oil mixed with a ton of herbs…

Soon our appetizer choices were brought to our table.  I ordered a flatbread for us to share…

Mushroom Flatbread with Roasted Cremini and Button Mushrooms with a Roasted Vidalia Onion Spread topped with Fontina and Asiago Cheese finished with Balsamic Reduction and fresh Herbs

And a close-up shot…

This was excellent!!  A delicious crispy crust topped with a ton of fresh mushrooms and flavorful onion spread.  If you are a fan of fresh mushrooms, I highly recommend that you try this flatbread!  As an added note, this flatbread was much, much more enjoyable than the two flatbreads we had tried the night before at California Grill.

Paula and Hunter also ordered and shared this appetizer…

Fresh Mozzarella and Vine-ripened Tomatoes topped with Balsamic Drizzle, Olive Oil, and Sweet Basil Leaves

They really enjoyed this too.  The flatbread and caprese salad were an excellent start to this meal!

But would the excellence continue with our entrees?  The answer to that question is, for the most part YES!

Starting with Paula’s entrée choice of the…

Penne alla Vodka with Pancetta and Sweet Onions finished with Tomato-Basil Sauce, Cream, Vodka and Pecorino Romano

Paula said she would have liked more sauce on this but it was still good.

Hunter asked and received a variation of their Saltimbocca, which normally features pork tenderloin…

Saltimbocca – Chicken Breast (subbed for the pork tenderloin) topped with Prosciutto, Fontina Cheese and Sage, served with Tuscan Mashed Potatoes, Broccolini, and Lemon Caper Sauce

Hunter said this was delicious!

The saltimbocca was actually what I was thinking of ordering but when Hunter chose it I decided (for the sake of more variety for my dining review) to go with something else…

Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana – Breaded Chicken Breast with Marinara Sauce topped with Melted Mozzarella and served over Spaghetti 

 

And another look…

The chicken was good but the spaghetti and sauce were pretty bland.  So in the end, I was envious of Hunter’s chicken saltimbocca, mashed potatoes, and lemon caper sauce.

But no worries, because I ended our meal with a great dessert choice…

However, my choice was not listed on their regular Dessert Menu but instead from their Kids Dessert menu…

Spaghetti & Meatball Cupcake – A Chocolate Cupcake with “Spaghetti” Frosting and a Chocolate “Meatball”‘ with a Strawberry “Marinara Sauce” and White Chocolate “Cheese”

And a closer look…

I had seen photos of this cupcake and thought it was super cute.  So when nothing on their regular “adult” dessert menu “spoke” to me, I decided to give this creative Kids’ dessert a try.  And I’m happy to report that it tasted as good as it looked!  The chocolate cupcake was moist and delicious and was well complemented by the sweet (but not too sweet) “spaghetti” frosting.  While I was assessed a small upcharge for this (an additional $1.75 more than the $3.00 Kids menu price), I thought is was well worth the $4.75.

So that just leaves the ratings.  Mama Melrose was given only 3 1/2 stars by Yelp reviewers but did slightly better on Trip Advisor with 4 stars.  Based on this lunch though I would rate Mama Melrose 4 1/2 stars, as it was one of the better meals of my trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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