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About Melange - Ann Arbor
MÉLANGE is a very personal restaurant, combining the culinary influences of the restaurant’s owners, who come from diverse backgrounds and are extremely passionate about food – Influenced by their own heritage.
Our menu brings together a mélange of flavors, textures and contrasts.The menu brings together influences of Jay’s Indian origin and features his mom’s homemade naan recipe made one at a time on a cast iron skillet, Scott’s upbringing around country cooking and our friend chef Eve’s childhood memories of the spice markets in Jerusalem, growing up around vibrant flavors of Cuban cooking in Miami and her culinary training in France.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Contemporary American, American, Sushi
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Happy Hour- Bar/Lounge
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Liberty & William
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
DJ spinning in our lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 11pm - 2am.
Mélange Catering is a full service, off premise
catering company dedicated to providing exceptional, locally sourced,
seasonal ingredients. From elegant food and attentive
service, rentals, entertainment, and decor; we cover
everything so all that you have to do is show up for your event.
Our professional staff will work with you at our no-cost consultations to design a custom menu and event, navigate your budget, and exceed your expectations.
There is a public lot located directly behind Melange. You may enter it from William st. or South Ashley st. Parking in the street is free after 6pm Monday - Saturday and all day on Sundays and holidays.
Consulting Chef & Visionary- Eve Aronoff
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Laura at 734-669-3570 to plan your special event.
Melange - Ann Arbor Ratings and Reviews
Fantastic service and really enjoyed the menu updates. If you haven't tried Melange in a few mos it's worth another try with the new menu updates from the Chef at Eve. Ambiance is good, but I feel it lacks something really special. It's now a bit updated but feels more. I used to enjoy how dark and romantic it was and now it seems the lights are on a bit too bright. Overall enjoyed it though.
We were drawn in by the redesigned menu, but the food did not live up to the descriptions.
The simple fish, described as seared with lime and green chilies, was delivered, significantly overcooked and coated in chili powder.
The vegetables had the opposite problem. I was reminded, as I bit into an undercooked brussels sprout, that I am overdue for a dental appointment.
The server was friendly and helpful when she arrived, but we had to wait for a surprisingly long time for our first point of contact. Our water had already been filled up to or three times before we saw her.
Too bad. I really wanted this to be part of our regular A2 dining experience.
We were disappointed by the over seasoned carrot soup. The color was an unappealing brown and it did not taste at all like fresh carrots, it tasted more like mole sauce. The duck confit nachos were stop sweet and not have any heat to them. The Spanish eggs were all one texture- smooth and soft. It needed some crunch or different texture. Again the spices were strange. The best dish was the mushroom spaccetelli. This seems like an amateur chef trying to mix unusual tastes and failing. Sorry. The tres leches was also good. The place has a nice ambiance and was quiet enough to talk, probably because there were only 6-8 other diners. Bring back the old menu, or something more like Pacific Rim. This menu is not very fulfilling from a gourmand’s perspective.
The food was excellent, interesting, spicy, not fatty or greasy, very tasty and innovative. Turns out that Eve Aronoff has influence over the menu and I love her cuisine. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates good food. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.
Went for Restaurant Week. We have been to many area restaurants over the years for Restaurant Week and this was the BEST meal we have had during this occasion. Sea bass was excellent as was the carrot purée. Well worth the money. Will definitely be returning soon.
We had our first dinner at Melange as part of Ann Arbor Restaurant week. We had the "legendary" duck confit nachos, and they totally lived up to their reputation! What a terrific way to start the dinner. We also appreciated the amuse bouche of naan, and the avocado naan on the prix fixe menu were also a hit. We had the sea bass (great, but spicy), the ratatouile (with goat cheese, remarkably good!). The service was extraordinary-- the whole team kept our table cleared, provided water regularly (something higher end restaurants forget). The music playlist was a surprise-- wonderful mix of current and past music, pop and jazz, while not being too intrusive. The decor is really great, which is a challenge in a basement restaurant. We will be back!
Eve's touch on the menu is a welcome addition to what was once a tired, ho-hum menu. The naan at the beginning was divine. Way better than the avocado naan that came as an appetizer, which was good, but lacked a little something. The sea bass was outstanding, and others seemed to like their scallops. I've been missing Eve's Simple Fish, which is a chili pepper and lime encrusted fish. Though I don't think salmon is the best for this (I'd rather see halibut or similar), it was also outstanding. The chocolate cake with chilies in it was fantastic.
The drink menu leans heavily on gin and vodka, and all were good, but lacked a certain alcoholic kick or bitterness I would prefer in a cocktail. They were a bit too sweet.
Ambience is a lovely candle lit glow. Service was fine, but mostly neutral.
All in all, we were very pleased with the food and ambiance, and we'll be going back again very soon.
We had appetizers and drinks (in lounge, happy hour special) and then had dinner. The house special wines selections were excellent and the food was tasty. The kitchen and bar was heavy handed. All of the dishes were spicy (e.g., chili oil on a Caesar salad) or salty. Likewise, the cocktail my wife order was extremely strong. I recommend going to Melange for appetizers and drinks before a show or before dinner somewhere else.
Our food was very good but the service did not match the quality of the menu or food. We chose Melange for dinner after reading a story about their new menu that was a collaboration with Eve Aranoff. Her restaurants have been favorites of ours and we miss having them as part of A2's choices. The menu showed her influence and we enjoyed all the items we ordered--sushi fantasy, arroz con pollo, seabass, and the mushroom vegetarian option. Desserts were lovely. Our server was not knowledgeable about the menu or the dishes. For many questions--even the most basic, he had to leave to find an answer from someone else. He was an unsteady server, brought our dinners serially, and served them to the wrong diner. It appeared to us as a case of severely inadequate training, unexpected in a restaurant this pricey. The dining area is nicely formal although it was disconcerting to be able to see through the wine bottle storage wall the array of TV's over the bar, all turned to game shows or sports. They diluted the sense of elegance that the dining area seemed to strive for.
Quality of food was amazing but I did not believe my scallops were worth $38.00!
My friend and I enjoyed the two sushi rolls and Japanese fish but we we're quite disappointed that sitting in the restaurant almost all the sushi choices were no longer available. Apparently you have to sit at the bar to get more sushi roll choices.
I really love the new menu. All of the food orders were amazing. I’m not in love with the service or ambiance in the dining room however. It took 20 minutes from being seated to get a server to come by to ask for our drink order and a cappuccino was literally served cold but replaced and later not charged for. Kudos on that.
The new atmophere is much brighter than I remembered. Too bright. There were candles on the table that were pointless. Honestly I’ve been there before where it was too dark. A happy medium would be appropriate.
Not a fan of the new menu - they got rid of all the old favorites, especially the duck nachos.
Service was good, being they were short staffed. Went to Melange for our anniversary and it just was not the same as we remembered - the value is certainly not aligned with what you get.
Happy hour in the bar area may be the only reason to go. To be honest, there are just too many other good places in A2 to dine for the money.
We came in for the duck nachos and unfortunately they aren’t on the menu any longer. We found alternative appetisers which were yummy but everything was So Spicy. My friend couldn’t finish her dinner...and one of us couldn’t even find something they wanted to eat. Just check the menu before you arrive. The hostess also was a big haughty/negative asking us for a reservation in an empty restaurant at 5:450pm. Not sure what Melange is up to but it has changed :(
With the arrival of Eve Aronoff as lead chef, this restaurant has further elevated its level of gastronomical sophistication. Unusual use of juxtaposing spices makes for a number of very interesting meals, with the presentation equally matching the preparation itself. This restaurant has now definitely earned a place on the short list of Ann Arbor's go-to solutions for fine dining, as well as being a convenient haunt to catch up with old friends. One simply can't go wrong in choosing Melange.
Food was fantastically prepared and beautifully presented. Service did not meet expectations: our server was absent most of the night and we had to ask the bartender for service several times. The notes section of our reservation stated we were celebrating a birthday, but the restaurant did not acknowledge this. At this price point, I expected better service.
Liked the new menu with eve’s influence. The house naan was reminiscent of the brioche at her namesake restaurant. The duck wontons were a good start and loved the condiments. We got the ribeye which was really tasty and the mushroom pasta that was the perfect comfort dish. The citrus tart was refreshing to finish. We’ll be back!
My husband and I came to Melange in August for our anniversary dinner and it was amazing! We just recently came on 11/11 for a special occasion and the food was just very disappointing. We were excited for the duck nachos which are no longer on the menu and the menu was all spicy foods with not a lot of variety. We personally liked the old menu much better.
We waited more than one hour for food that had clearly been in the heating oven for 30 min. Nothing about the food is particularly interesting, it's very average for the price they charge. Service was also poor and confused. I won't come back there for sure.
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