With so many exciting changes to Ballito’s Lifestyle Centre, one of the newest tenants to make the centre their home has been national food and lifestyle brand, Melissa’s. Fast becoming one of Ballito’s hottest breakfast and lunch hotspots, Melissa’s is also a great for a quick meeting, to browse their retail store or even just enjoy a solo coffee with a good book.
Priding themselves in only serving the finest ingredients, without compromising on quality, the Melissa’s family believes in the good ol’ fashioned things in life. Think home-style breakfasts, light meals and signature dishes from Melissa’s buffet table and artisan coffee.
The contemporary, welcoming and on-trend restaurant radiates cool, calm and relaxed luxury with their beautiful interior, complete with wicker chairs, wooden tables, green marble tiles and succulents in clay pots on the table. And, on our arrival our very friendly waitron, ‘Sub Zero’ immediately cracked a few jokes before taking down our drinks orders.
There are a couple of remarks at the table about the great drinks offerings, including their exclusively blended coffee (which is freshly ground and expertly prepared by their in-house barista) and freshly squeezed raw juices. But the obvious choice for me was a homemade ice-cream milkshake – made with real chocolate, eggs, milk, cream and sugar. It definitely didn’t disappoint.
Even more impressive than their drinks offerings though, is the rest of the menu. Especially the breakfast selection. It is amazing and kind of left us wishing we’d come earlier, to be in time for the breakfast menu! The lunch menu includes a variety of light meals, from salads and wraps to artisan sandwiches on fresh or toasted bread. Bigger main meals include a creamy chicken and leek pie, beef burger or a pulled pork corn taco, to name a few. As a pizza-lover, the stand out option for me personally was from their ‘Bakoond’ – a pulled pork, red onion, courgette and coriander wood-fire pizza. Perfectly baked, the pizza was crispy without over cooking the toppings and allowed the fresh ingredients to really stand out on their own. The red onion and courgette added a delicious touch to the pizza.
My colleagues each chose something to suite their appetite, which included the smoked salmon with cream cheese and caper salsa on an open toasted sourdough rye bread for our Ballito sales rep Justine. A firm favourite, which she said was full of flavour. Our editor, Leah, indulged in a light but filling Caesar salad which was ‘’full of all the good stuff’’, including homemade croutons, crispy bacon, parmesan and chicken. Our graphic designer, Nicole, enjoyed a what she called ‘not your average’ roast chicken and fresh herb mayonnaise artisan sandwich.
Although we were quite full after our hearty lunch, Sub Zero convinced us to try Melissa’s famous cappuccinos – and to choose a slice of cake from their range of delicious baked-in-house cakes. From shortbread biscuits and biscotti to indulgent chocolate cake, there is honestly something for every sweet tooth on their very inviting cake table. The cappuccinos are well worth a mention – roasted to perfection and full of flavour. We decided that we regrettable only had space to share a slice of Melissa’s Pecan Praline Cheesecake, which was fresh out of the oven. It was agreed that we would be back for more coffee and more cake for our next meeting!
The excellent food, great service and relaxed atmosphere made our experience at Melissa’s a really great one. And, especially because we weren’t able to enjoy one of their amazing breakfasts this time around, you can be assured that we will be back!
After finishing a meal, it is very hard to leave without taking a walk around the beautiful retail section offering of take home cakes and confectionaries, homeware and gift products. Enjoy!