Meli-Melo of Greenwich has been serving crepes, soups and sandwiches in Greenwich since 1993. It’s a wildly popular lunchtime fixture with a line almost out the door. They don’t take reservations, and you will do best coming before 12 or after 1:30 for lunch. We haven’t visited for dinner yet, but expect the same kinds of crowds.
Their menu consists of 18 crepes, six oversized crepes, 13 imaginative sandwiches, and 17 salads, although the salads overlap a bit with the crepes. They also feature around 18 hot soups and one cold soup, which vary a bit every day. For example, yesterday’s menu featured a Broccoli Soup and today’s a White Bean Provencal.
While the choices can be a bit daunting, they really all sound quite good and you probably won’t be able to make a “wrong” choice. Their view of “crepes” is a bit creative, in that only some of them are actually wrapped around the filling. Instead, many are just served on top of a flat or folded crepe on the plate. All of their entrée crepes are buckwheat, and thus are somewhat more substantial than classic white flour crepes.
Their dessert crepes are “wheat crepes,” and they offer 21varieties as well as six more flaming crepe desserts. They also offer ice creams, sorbets and an extensive selection of juices.
For our luncheon, we selected a flavorful butternut squash and apple soup ($6) and a chicken coconut soup ($5). The squash-apple soup was smooth and flavorful but with no real solid components. The chicken coconut soup was made with coconut milk, but had no real coconut flavor per se. It contained pieces of chicken, bean sprouts (rather than noodles) and spinach in a flavorful chicken broth. Both soups were served with 2 slices of crusty bread, but with no butter or olive oil.
For our crepes, we chose a shrimp crepe ($11.50) and a smoked salmon crepe ($10.50). The shrimp crepe was a beautifully presented light dish: 3 shrimp on avocado slices with lemon dressing and parsley, served on a flat buckwheat crepe. While not a huge meal, it was really delicious. The smoked salmon was served with daikon, lemon, bean sprouts, green onions and chive sauce, wrapped in the crepe and served on a bed of mixed greens. It was good but nothing special.
The service is friendly and mostly efficient considering the press of the lunchtime crowd. The noise level is significant, however. The bill, including two diet colas was $45.73 for two for lunch including tax but before tip. They do not have a wine/liquor license. Overall, this is really nice spot for lunch or a light supper. In addition to the crepe restaurant, Meli-Melo is a patisserie consisting of fine pastries you can order or take home.
Meli-Melo is open seven days a week from 7:00am to 10:00pm weekdays and 8:00am to 10:00pm weekends. Breakfast is served 7-11 weekdays and 8-12 on weekends.