Corner of Clarendon St & Crown Riverside
Southbank, VIC 3006
Ph: (03) 9292-7468
Last week I attended a fun bloggers' lunch at The Merrywell in Crown. Located on the Clarendon street side of the complex, and boasting some pretty sweet river and city views, The Merrywell is a big venue, with its two storeys housing a restaurant, burger bar, rooftop terrace and bar.
Both menus (upstairs: restaurant, downstairs: burger bar) focus on that style of hearty American comfort food that seems so popular in Melbourne right now - you know, burgers, fries, sandwiches, fried chicken and waffles, lobster rolls, buffalo wings... This reminds me: I need to get some fried chicken and waffles in my life!
We were treated to a selection of food and drinks from the Downstairs Burger Bar menu, starting with some rather massive floats!
|Spiders! From front to back:|
Cherry Coke Float - Vanilla ice-cream, cherries - $7
The Merrywell Spider - Root beer, vanilla ice-cream - $7
Wake Up - 4 Pines stout, Espresso ice-cream - $12
First up, foodwise, were three salads: Ceasar, Greek and Mexican Cobb.
|Left to right: Caesar Salad, Greek Salad, Mexican Cobb Salad|
And speaking of burgers... like most people on the table, I chose the Merrywell burger: a classic beef burger with lettuce, cheese, pickles, caramelised onion, tomato and a "special sauce". I thought the paper wrappers were quite cute, again tapping into a feeling of nostalgia with me.
|The Merrywell - Lettuce, Cheese, Pickles, Onions, Tomato, Special Sauce, Bacon, Fries - $20|
It was such a tasty burger! I loved the juicy patty, the salty bacon, the sweet onions - it was all good! The only negative thing I can say is that the burger was so juicy that the bun got a bit soaked and it was tricky to eat (hence the need for the paper wrapper). Yes, my hands smelled of burger for the rest of the day, but it was so worth it.
Non-beef eater I-Hua didn't seem to have any such issues with her chicken burger though!
|K.F. Club - Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar, Tomato, Mayo - $15|
|Onion Rings - $5|
And not that we really needed more food at this point, but out came a huge platter of fish tacos!
|Fish tacos - $14 each|
And finally, desserts. The Merrywell's shtick is that they serve their desserts in jars, and we got to try three of their range.
|Lamington Trifle - $10|
I really liked the lamington trifle, much more than I expected to! In amongst little cubes of moist lamington were a vanilla custard, whipped cream, a berry sauce, and strawberries. It was a lovely combination of flavours, and I loved the pop of the fresh berries. Definitely want to steal this idea for a future dinner party!
|Chai Creme Brulee - $10|
|Chocolate Mousse - $10|
Sarah dined as a guest of The Merrywell.