New Woodstock Restaurant, Welcome Melaza Caribbean Bistro!

Feels like forever since I have had a chance to write anything on our blog, we've been crazy busy with the fall foliage season. Alas, leaf peeping is about finished, so David and I seized the opportunity last night to try out Woodstock's newest restaurant, Melaza Caribbean Bistro. Melaza, a Puerto Rican, Cuban & Dominican Fusion restaurant, is just down the street from The Village Inn of Woodstock, right in the Village of Woodstock, Vermont.

We were greeted so warmly by James Van Kirk, one of the owners of the Woodstock restaurant. He has this wonderful energy and a great smile. The place is so full of energy, you can't help but love it from the second that you walk in. It was great to see how busy they were, especially since it was a Wednesday in a pretty quiet time here in Woodstock.

We chose to sit in the bar, which like the restaurant, is decorated in warm tones evocative of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Tapas Sampler, half eaten already

The wine list features nice wines starting at about $20.00 a bottle, a bit of a rarity these days.  Hard to go wrong with a bottle of Lunetta Prosecco for $21.00.  It was the perfect accompaniment for the Caribbean Tapas Sampler, pictured to the left. Sorry, the pictures in the post are not the greatest - camera battery was really low and I was trying to squeak out a few pictures, no room for do-overs.

James said that we should both order the sampler, that it is one of the best small plates on the menu. Neither of us was disappointed, we both enjoyed the different flavors and textures, and were frankly glad that we didn't have to share.

For entrees, David had the Beef Short Rib, braised in a flavorful tomato cuban creole

Braised Beef Short Rib "Costillas de Res"

sauce, served with garlic mashed potatoes and braised veggies.  This was melt in your mouth great, tons of flavor, seasoned just perfectly.

I ordered the Scallops "Veiras" and was equally happy with my selection.  Pan seared scallops, served over risotto, with a curry coconut lime sauce, pineapple chutney, and

Very blurry picture of my terrific scallops

tamarind glaze.  This is where my camera work is awful, but the presentation of the dish was so beautiful that I can't help but share the photo.  The portion was beautiful, not a whole ton of risotto, scallops really were the star, along with the wonderfully tangy sauce.

All entrees are served with a green salad with a refreshing house vinaigrette.  I called today to ask what the flavoring is, James said that it is Pomegranate.  Nice touch, I must say.
We are thrilled to have such an exciting restaurant join our already wonderful dining scene here in Woodstock, VT. We look forward to returning, and highly recommend that you give Melaza a try on your next visit to our Vermont bed and breakfast!

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