We head towards the Crown Casino and stroll along the Southbank Promenade. It’s been 3 years since my last visit and it was amazing to see all the restaurants that are now operating. From high end restaurants, to casual dining to cafes – it caters for a range of diners. The boy opts for The Merrywell for dinner as the American inspired menu wins him over.
We get seated straight away which is always a great start to the evening.
Merrywell Chips $14
These well seasoned rustic ripped potatoes are crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. On the side there is a serving of a rich and creamy bacon aioli. Just wow. It is beyond any words can describe. More places need to do this, really.
Mac and Cheese Bites $13
Deep fried balls of mac and cheese are served with a house made smokey bbq sauce.
Look at the innards – oh yes! These little balls needed to be eaten rather quickly because as they cooled down the cheese was beginning to solidify. But of course with the way the Boy and I eat, there’s no mercy when it comes to eating food so we’re safe on this front. Melty cheese, always! Mmmm.
Merrywell Caesar $18
Hidden beneath all that cheese are the best croutons I’ve ever had – they were in fact pork croutons. The meaty flavour came through just enough which was an absolute delight!
Our Fried Chicken $27
The chicken and waffles are served with killer bee honey. The batter on the chicken was falling off as we tried to pick up the pieces. It was very sweet and rather sticky and unfortunately we weren’t the biggest fans.
It was a chocolate waffle and this also wasn’t any good. It was all crunch and very dry, no resemblance to what a freshly cooked waffle should be. We were pretty disappointed with our main.
The most appropriate word for when the bill comes out :P We did think that the prices were a little on the steep side for the type of food on offer. We really enjoyed the smaller plates of food whilst disappointed with our main. It’s definitely a fun and quirky place that has it’s take on American food. I’d gladly return for those mac and cheese bites and bacon aioli.
Melbourne, you are one gorgeous city! This shot was taken as we were walking along the Southbank Promenade to the restaurant as the sun was setting. It was a picture perfect moment.
Cnr Clarendon St & Crown Riverside
Tel: +61 3 9292 7468