Meli Melo is a surprise. It is a small 4-table restaurant and Japanese food boutique in Shaab next to a dry cleaner, surrounded by opulent high-rise residential buildings. You wouldn’t expect to find Japanese gourmet in the middle of it all, yet there it is. The décor is traditional Japanese in tones of brown with a very large portrait of Emperor Meiji, (responsible for opening his country to foreigners and allowing Japanese cuisine to be shared with the world). Meli Melo means “mélange” or mishmash. It is a combination of food types prepared in a variety of ways. Meli Melo’s chef was trained in Japan and was recommended to the owners by their Japanese food suppliers as someone who could prepare authentic Japanese cuisine. Meli Melo’s menu boasts twelve different kinds of salad! That is unheard of in any Kuwaiti restaurant, but astonishing for any Japanese restaurant. The sushi and sashimi dishes go on for pages and pages. There are the traditional items, and again, many fusion styles. There are also plenty of hot dishes like soups, tempura noodles, teriyaki, tepanyaki, and rice. The Meli Melo’s selection includes numbered photos – which is always helpful in making a choice amongst so many treats. Half portions are available on most of the menu items; a nice change –allowing customers to try a variety of different dishes.
Meli Melo is located in Shaab Al Bahri (2266 1520) and the Village in Abu Al Hasaniya (2390 1902). For more information contact them at melimelo.co. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @MeliMeloKw.