another mixed use commercial/residential development.
As you walk into Mereday's
they have a very nice dining area
with an open air kitchen overlooking it.
I really think having an arrangement such as this helps patrons connect more with what is served to them on their plate. The accessibility of the chef both visually and verbally for questions and or feedback helps tremendously with this.
That day, my dining companion (DC) and I went there for happy hour, which runs daily from 4-7 P.M. It is served at the bar.
During happy hour, items from the bar menu
in addition to their wine and beer menu are 50% off.
DC and I shared a number of things off the menu, the first being the seared Baby Back Ribs.
This was a full rack of ribs, kindly served as individual ribs. They were coated with Unagi (eel) sauce and topped with Cilantro. Really good.
This was followed by the Asian chicken salad.
Perfectly cooked Rice Noodles were topped with Napa and Red cabbage, Arugula, bell pepper and a Vinaigrette made from Peanut Butter (probably not this variety though!), Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Sweet Thai Chili Sauce and topped with cilantro and basil Microgreens. All this was topped with an expertly cooked Airline Chicken Breast. The textures and flavors were exceptional. This dish was my favorite of the evening.
DC and I then moved on to the Tarte Flambee "pizza".
This is the restaurant's take on the traditional Alsatian dish. This was served with Carmelized Onions, Gruyere Cheese and Nueske's Smoked Bacon, the latter an alternative for the traditional Lardon. Really, really good.
We finished with the the Beef Fillet.
Beef Fillet was served with creamed potatoes, baby carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and asparagus. This was served with a red wine Demi-Glace . The vegetables were cooked Al Dente, crisp and delicious. One of the chefs prides himself on the Veal Jus he prepares for the demi-glace, which was 3 days in the making. It shows.
The ambiance at Mereday's is very pleasant, the service well executed and the food a cut above. This is not surprising, as the owner has trained in some Very Good Kitchens. A friend who was discussed in another Post thought this was one of the best kitchens in Southwest Florida. I would agree.
It's a wrap for another post on Forks.
Mereday's Fine Dining
1500 5th Ave. S.
Naples, FL 34102