I have heard many mixed reviews about this place and I figured that your opinion will definitely defer based on your demographic. I think the choice of food can also go really wrong. I was very lucky to know someone with impeccable taste so I had access to his recommendations. Thanks Albert! I will list the dishes by ranking and popularity amongst my panel (Jay, Nic Chin, Brenno Chai and Jess Truong).
1. Spicy Lettuce Cups $19
Crispy Tempura Prawn, rice with a spicy siracha mayonnaise and mango salsa wrapped up in a cool crisp lettuce cup. The sweetness of the mango salsa offsetted the spiciness of the siracha perfectly. The shredded crispy seaweed and cool crunchy lettuce complemented the overall creaminess of the dish.
We really liked this. In fact, we liked it so much that we ordered a second round of it. The second time however, it was served with cos lettuce instead.
2. Wagyu Mini Beef Burgers $21
Each bite of each of the 3 sliders served was juicy in that awesome charred beef flavour, white melted cheddar and amazing thinly sliced pickles. The caramelised onions did so much for it too. The buns were soft and toasty – really tasty on its own. This is a winner.
3. The Merrywell Chips $15
I was expected shoe string fries… but no… these were chunky pieces of skin on potatoes, deep fried to a golden crisp. The spicy aioli was filled with fried bacon. So sinful but so good that even the most health conscious of us ate the aioli on its own. Another goodie that would be great with beer.
4. One Eyed Jack ($55 per liter)
I love that the cocktail was served in a jar. There is something so rustic and cool about it. The one eyed Jack was filled with Jack Daniels, Amaro, orange & cardamom syrup, lemon and ginger ale. Beautiful, beautiful cocktail.
I noted that the favourite part of this dish for many were the chunky fried fish and Chipotle Crema in it. I love the spice added from the Jalapeño. For us, we love that the freshness offered by the lettuce and salsa after all the fried goods.
The pan fried quesadilla was so fresh and fragrant, pressing together tasty pulled pork, crunchy corn and soft delicious onions.
7. Mac & Cheese Bites $15
We might have expected something more creamy and flowing with cheese – it was a bit too ‘dry’. The crispy coating was a win. The House HP Dip was also very underwhelming. However, I give it credit for creativeness. I’ve never had deep fried mac and cheese.
8. New England Lobster Rolls $26
I love lobster and I could tell it was fresh. However, the mayonnaise/cream filled mix that topped the admittedly fresh and tasty brioche was rather watery. Lobster can go wrong.
9. Lamington Trifle $9
The lamington trifle was different – layered with a chunky berry compote, lamington, thick cream and topped with coconut. I would not eat it again but it was a tad better than #10.
10. Apple Crumble $9
It looked really promising with crumbs on top. Digging in however, I found that I hated the grainy mashed up apple filling. Jess thought it was a jelly. I thought it was disgusting while I tried acquiring the taste for it. (I always give new food a chance.) It all tasted too canned and gross. No one liked it.
11. Lamb Burger $25
Do not even go near this dish. I cannot believe its pictured in the website as if it is a star! Nick offered it to me saying ‘ Have a piece of cardboard. ‘ Indeed! The patty was fatty and tasteless like someone forgot to flavour it. We all poked at the white tasteless sauce we thought might be some weird cheese when we realised (from the menu) that it was Tzazkiki. How did a lamb burger go so wrong?
Ew. The Fries were good though.
What do I think? I think Merrywell is a once off visit for a meal. However, given the few good sides, amazing cocktail and beautiful decor; I think the Merrywell will make a great place for a liaison.