El Meze is a culinary adventure in fine dining. Fred Muller, of 'Fred's Place" fame and his way-talented partner Annette Kratka operate the new restaurant El Meze (meaning the table in Arabic). El Meze is located in the fully restored Hacienda El Torreon from 1840 with its rustic charm is a fitting venue for modern interpretations of an 800 year old cuisine. El Meze explores two cultures in a culinary vision of exciting and exotic flavors from North Africa and Old Spain. El Meze is a dining experience based on historical and traditional elements but presented in a modern vision.
Look for such small plate treats as: Grilled prawns- lemon wedges, Moroccan spices. Herb fried calamari with arugula aioli. Jamon serrano- Spanish cured ham with fresh figs. Sopa verde- mussell in a rich herb broth. Foie gras with preserved lemon, pomegranate syrup and arugula. Hummus with grilled flat bread and lemons. Kefta- grilled spicy ground lamb kabobs. Buffalo short ribs adovada. Spanish goat chevre with fresh garlic, olive oil and lemon zest. Fried green olives-stuffed with Spanish blue cheese.
You'll love these Large Plate selections: Grilled double cut lamb chops- cracked black pepper, lavender with fried garlic chips. Duck confit served in a bowl of cooked greens with preserved lemon and a splash of hot pepper vinegar. Red Snapper- sweet potatos, fennel, Spanish chorizo and oranges in a rich broth. Grilled bone in ribeye steak with spicy moroccan butter. Grilled trout-preserved lemon chermoula.
1017 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, on the Mountain Side
Monday – Saturday 5:30pm – 9:30 pm
Sides include: Sweet potato fries, with cumin ketchup and arugula aioli. Baked potato- lemon, fresh mint, minced onion, sea salt and olive oil. Tunisian crated carrot salad. Grilled flatbread. Harticort Verts-green beans, tomatoes, feta and toasted cumin.