Mélange is a chic Main Street restaurant that had slipped under my radar many times until now. Finally, my wife and I decided to experience what this modern dining spot had to offer on a beautiful summer night, after a day exploring the Ann Arbor Art Fair.
The aesthetic flare of Mélange draws your attention before ever stepping into the restaurant. Entering through an oversized clear glass door with silver handle, you descend the posh, wooden paneled stairway and through the opaque glass door to the main dining room. Taking its cues from trendy dining spots in larger cities like LA and New York, the vibe of Mélange bleeds cool. The striking, sophisticated dining area is colored with rich red hues and low, diffuse amber lighting. Passing a sleek glass and steel wall displaying the available wines upon our entrance, we were seated at a tall, oval shaped semi-enclosed booth. Music pulsed from the bar area and dance floor, but being that is was set up to be hidden behind the main entrance staircase and glass wine wall, it was not loud enough to interrupt our dining.
Our server was friendly and helpful. She knew the menu options well
and was able to help us with questions we had of the various items.
She kept an eye out for our needs and brought all courses and drinks
The popular pretzel bread with stone ground mustard was brought to
our table as we awaited our meal orders. The pretzel bread more than
lived up to the praise the waitress gave to it. Warm, chewy and salty,
the bread tasted just as you would expect a good soft pretzel to taste.
The creamy texture and zesty flavor of the stone ground mustard sauce
was a perfect accompaniment for the bread.