Last night was a festive one for the people who normally meet for coffee on Friday mornings – some of us sporadically, others without fail and many in between. This group is coined socialmelb and was started by the delightful Kate Kendall as a way to bring a face-to-face element to the lives of online social networkers, namely Twitterers. We met for dinner at Mezzo Bar + Grill in Melbourne CBD, a venue that understands the value of social media (and I think they even offer wifi but don’t quote me on that!), a rarity and gem of a find. They are even on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
It was run superbly with a set menu of $30 per person and pay-as-you-go for drinks which worked a treat. We arrived and the entrée/starters were served in the bar area, a delicious assortment of arancini balls, seared tuna, olives, salt and pepper calamari, marinated bocconcini balls and other yummy and very substantial morsels. It was a struggle not to fill up on these!
We were seated at two long tables and selected a main from four choices: swordfish, rabbit, prawn tortellini, vegetarian gnocci. I chose the gnocci and tasted the rabbit from the plate of my dear friend Marcus. Both very nice and all meals of generous proportions.
This is a great venue and the owner Luke Stringer was a darling who welcomed the group and their tweeting with an appreciative and warm demeanour. He gave a short and sweet welcome speech with some background about Mezzo. A pleasure and far cry from the cold, hassled reception we often receive at Mr Tulk on Friday mornings despite bringing them a sizeable group to consume their wares and tweet about the venue each Friday.
I would recommend Mezzo Bar + Grill not only for their Italian inspired menu but also for the smart but warm fit-out and savvy staff who all seemed happy to be there which, for me (with a background in and passion for hospitality), is a sure sign that the experience will be a most enjoyable one.
Here are some pics I took or check out these pics on the socialmelb site.
Thank you Luke and the team at Mezzo for a truly wonderful evening. What a great way to position Mezzo as a venue that understands the changing needs and desires of their customer base, catering for these as part of a broader lifestyle offering that extends beyond their food and beverage menus (had to throw in that one last comment from a PR Communications view … a future case study perhaps?!).