The mile long Main Street of Historic Downtown Melbourne is a local hot spot offering something exciting for all ages, day and night. You won’t want to miss Friday Fest the second Friday of each month, and the upcoming 2nd Annual Food & Wine Festival in November. In addition to shopping unique boutique shops on Main Street you can get captivated by a musical at the Henegar Center for The Arts or get your paint on at Painting with a Twist before enjoying a drink and a great meal at one of many fantastic restaurants. One such restaurant, Matt’s Casbah, lies right in the center of Main Street.
An evolving environment allows you to experience the many faces of Matt’s Casbah for a fulfilling experience that fits your desire. The lunchtime environment is low-key including the local business folk and families looking for a menu that has something for everyone. The tide switches in the evening to a livelier atmosphere with a live band kicking off the festivities outside where the bar and tables fill up quickly while people dance and enjoy the tunes. As the music travels through the indoor dining room the infectious party follows behind. Along with live music, Matt’s Casbah also offers Wine-ing Jazz & Blues on Wednesday nights from 6-9:30 p.m., Comedy nights and a Neil Diamond night coming in November. If you are the brunch type, the Casbah has you covered with Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with sushi beginning at 12 p.m.
Matt’s Casbah has multiple menus and offers gluten-free and vegetarian options for those who need it. Their regular menu features popular items such crunchy pork dumpling, piggy wings (2 crispy pork shanks), escargot in the shells, flat bread pizza, sesame trio fish salad, funky monkey burger, Casbah’s own club sandwich, Titans Trio fish entrée, oven roasted half duck and their award winning whiskey caramel cups for dessert.
Separate from their regular menu Matt’s Casbah sushi menu is full of common rolls and signature rolls such as Garnet and Gold (a local favorite), Gilligan Island and the Messy Jessy, to name a few. The Sunday Brunch menu includes, omelets, Chicken n’ Waffles, House Smoked Salmon Platter, kid options, specialty mimosas and other brunch cocktails.
My Casbah excursion began with their most popular drink, the Mai Tai. It was well balanced with a blend of rums, fruit juices and the addition of Bols Apricot Liqueur, making it unique to Matt’s Casbah.
For my appetizer, I went with the server’s suggestion, the ceviche which was packed with octopus, conch, shrimp, krab, tomato, bell peppers, red onions all marinating in at tasty citrus sriracha juice that rounds out the flavors with a hint of cilantro and served with corn chips. This refreshing and delicious starter hit the spot.
As I was reading the menu. I was immediately enthralled with the Braised Pork Shank served with a Moroccan spice chickpea chili with dates, apricots, herbs and garlic. Along with an attractive presentation the aroma of cinnamon, star anise and coriander rushed my olfactory system setting the stage for a sumptuous culinary experience. The pork was extremely tender and falling of the bone, moist and full of flavor. Each bite was a different experience, savory with pork and chickpeas or slightly sweet with dates or apricots. Take your pick, delicious to say the least.
I finished the night with Matt’s Casbah award winning whiskey caramel cups. These bite size chocolate molded cups are filled with a subtle whiskey caramel and topped with salted walnuts. The hype is true, give them the award again, flat out heavenly.
I encourage anyone visiting Florida’s Space Coast and locals alike to make Historic Downtown Melbourne your next destination and enjoy the variety of events, shopping, cultural activities and of course, experience Matt’s Casbah. You will thank yourself later.
801 E. New Haven Ave
Melbourne, FL. 32905
Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.