messetThis restaurant in South Coast Plaza’s Crystal Court (Do they still call it that?) was a delightful surprise. Their food is truly Mediterranean – the dishes on the menu cover a wide variety of ethnic flavors. I met my friend Norma there for lunch.  We needed to catch up on the latest happenings in our lives, and this place turned out to be a nice quiet setting for just that.

The menu was so varied that it was difficult to choose. I was never able to master tagine cooking so I opted for the Moroccan 7 Spice. It was baked with couscous, blistered grapes, honey cumin carrots, spicy chic peas and served in the tagine. Everything was tender and very flavorful. Norma had the Fettuccine Bolognese with beef vegetable ragout.  Hers was equally delicious. We quit talking for a while so we could fully enjoy every bite.

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Our lunch was very filling so we wanted to pass on dessert. But what good is a food blog without sampling a dessert. The Limoncello Olive Oil Cake was just right. It was served with macerated berries and mascarpone cream.

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There are so many choices on Mezzet’s menu, it begs us to return.

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