The Café (based on the site formerly known as Jenz) has brought a fresh look to the Lisburn Road area which already boasts several popular eateries.
The Café had its official opening last week, where it entertained a plethora of local guests including notable food bloggers and sporting stars. The Café will create a number of new jobs, with the renovation of the site presenting a sizeable investment from the new owners Paul and Sinead McElvanna.
What sets Café Melrose apart is their ever changing and wide ranging menu which caters for healthy options, vegetarian options, gluten–free options, and meat lovers. Worldly dishes, as eclectic as traditional African to authentic Chinese utilising locally sourced ingredients makes for a genuinely intriguing and exciting menu.
The Café also specialise in breakfast (and coffee) options with a variety of daily breakfast specials sure to please even the most ardent morning eater or coffee lover. Their freshly made coffee is sourced from Belfast’s high flying ‘Pure Roast’ so is sure to prove a hit just down the road from their own Lisburn Road base.
For those with a sweet tooth, the Café (even in its infancy) is quickly gaining a reputation for signature milkshakes which, particularly for kids’ options, are proving a real hit.
Like many cafés, Café Melrose will experience its busiest daily period at lunchtime, and this is something the café can cater for in style. A selection of classy freshly made sandwiches, hot dishes and specials will have customers coming back regularly due to the consistent quality but varied approach.
But it’s not just breakfast and lunch which catch the eye at Café Melrose, their BYOB option makes this establishment a real find for anyone who wants to accompany their evening meal with a glass of wine or beer whilst seeking value and convenience. Creating something different and new within the area is something that both owners and managers (John Paul and Maria Galvan) are keen to offer on an ongoing basis.
Co-owner Sinead McElvanna talked of her excitement following the official opening;
“We are really happy with how the café is performing within the first couple of weeks. We have a wonderful kitchen team and already we seem to be gaining a reputation as an eatery which places big emphasis on quality, comfort and value. I find myself constantly mesmerised at the ambition and skill of our chefs who are continually bringing new dishes and flavours which the Lisburn Road simply wouldn’t have seen before.
Of course, catering for a more traditional audience is incredibly important too, and this is reflected in the quality of our cooked breakfasts, lunch sandwiches and extensive coffee options. We really do think we have a menu which can please almost every taste.”
The café itself is a bright and vibrant area with the walls adorned with images of Belfast from years gone by. The spacious setting ensures that customers can sit in comfort inside or outside whilst soaking up the urban atmosphere of the leafy Lisburn Road.
Undoubtedly, the café will have a wide ranging customer base from people who work on the busy Lisburn Road, to students, to coffee lovers, to people who fancy a fine dining experience and their own choice of drink to accompany.