Open for 33 years as a part-market, part-eatery in Villeray, Méli Mélo has built itself into a hub for Haitian food in Montreal — now the go-to for griot, breadfruit and more has opened a Rosemont location, and it’s more of a dedicated restaurant.
Méli Mélo Le Néo Resto is now open on Bélanger at Iberville — the original will keep on doing a mixed bag of everything from groceries to lunch counter service and international money transfers, while the new one will be more of a sit-down affair, with 60 seats (plus a private room), but with take-out and delivery on offer too.
The new location shares a name with the counter service section of the grocery store (officially dubbed Le Néo Resto, but fully integrated into the whole Méli Mélo operation), and overlaps in its Haitian and Antillean offerings — that is, comforting and often meaty options like pork griot, beef tasso, Creole-style lambi, as well as ample rice, beans, and plantains. (More precise details on the menu are to come.)
The space (with design from architecture firm Lavauc) is obviously much more spacious — check out that warm red-and-brown colour scheme with booth seating; they’re also opening up their walls to exhibitions from local artists.
STATUS — Méli Mélo Le Néo Resto is open at 2466 Bélanger.