The team at Melo Restaurant keeps a keen focus on authenticity and flavour. Their unique take on Iranian cuisine has seen this Persian eatery go from strength to strength, garnering the attention of Southampton-based foodies in droves. The menu is decidedly diverse, with every effort made to source fresh produce from local suppliers. An impressive range of vegetarian plates and halal ingredients means there is something on the menu for every member of your dining party – no matter how great or small.
On arrival, keep your hunger at bay with shared nibbles of hummus drizzled with tahini sauce, served with naan bread, and mixed olives marinated in herbs and oil. Alternatively, taste something truly authentic and extraordinarily flavoursome by ordering some kashke bademjan – a vegetarian dish of fried aubergine and onion fragranced with a unique blend of Iranian herbs and spices in soured cream sauce, served with naan bread.
When it comes to mains, Melo Restaurant has plenty of options to keep diners captivated – think authentic Persian grills and kebabs. You might like to try succulent lamb fillet kebab, or perhaps kebab chenjeh – diced marinated lamb, served skewered – both complemented by tomato and saffron rice or naan bread. Those with serious appetites shouldn’t overlook Melo Restaurant’s baghali polo ba mahicheh, a dish of steamed rice and broad beans accompanying fragrantly spiced and gloriously tender lamb shank.
If you still have a sweet-tooth to satisfy after your meal, there are treats aplenty at Melo, with both traditional Persian and well-known British desserts to choose from. In the more temperate months sip cold, ice-laden glasses of sekanjabin – one of the oldest-known Iranian summer drinks – in the sunshine, taking advantage of the restaurant’s outdoor seating.
For those planning an event for friends and family, contact Melo Restaurant and let the team take the stress out of party planning. Diners in search of an authentic taste of Persia should look to Melo Resturant without hesitation – outstanding food and drink awaits.