Cuisine: American, Pub / Bar Food
Location: Burswood, Crown Perth
With all the hype about The Merrywell, Crown Perth’s new offering, I was keen to drop by and try some of their dishes. I had caught up with a mate at The Merrywell on a Friday night to try the food out but it was very packed and very loud. I visited today, a week later from my earlier visit, for an early dinner. Unfortunately, my friend couldn’t make it and I lost focus as I was all set to try the Fried Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles, but they only serve that for dinner, Monday – Saturday. Shame! Oh well, there’s plenty of other choices so I went with The Merrywell Angus Burger – Aged Cheddar, Bacon, Secret Sauce, Caramelised Onions, LTO, Pickle, and Fries.
The Merrywell is inspired by the chefs Grant MacPherson and Sammy DeMarco who have worked in hotels in Las Vegas and are famous for their dude food. Dude food is, well aimed at men, and can only be described as cheffed up fast food. Some of the menu seems quite stock standard, but the share plates and the dinner menu offer some interesting choices, but with a slightly hefty price tag in my opinion. The table next door did got the 3 serve of Wagyu Mini Beef Burgers which looked excellent but pricey at $21 ($7 each for a mini burger?). The venue itself has a typical bar feel but there’s something quite different to it at the same time, contradictory I know but drop by and you’ll know what I mean. Aside from seating inside at the raised bench tops, or the sunken area which is a lot more intimate but still loud, there are also beer gardens which is perfect for the summer weather coming up.
To order, there’s a booth by the main entrance from the casino floor, while the bar is on the far left once you enter. I patiently waited for my burger hoping it would deliver more flavour than that I just ate at Grill’d recently. I was pleasantly surprised when my meal was presented on a metal tray, unusual, but different. I liked the mini deep fryer basket that the fries were served in, but I liked what was inside the basket even better! Lovely shoestring fries. The secret sauce really blew me away. Wow! I reckon they’ve put ginger in the freshly prepared tomato sauce. Definitely NOT out of a bottle, the sauce had a lovely flavour and a tang, which I’m sure is ginger. What flavour! I know it’s sauce but I used every last chip to dip it in and clean that sauce dish dry. Yum!
As for the burger, I loved the soft floured bun. The gooey melted cheese stuck out straight away and the meaty, angus beef was tasty. I asked for mine to be done medium and it was a bit pink in the middle but it was cooked perfectly. There was bacon too but I didn’t taste too much of that. The rest of ingredients went well but there was this sauce at the bottom. The sauce! What is it with this place and the sauce? A slight chilli flavour emerged, not to strong or pungent, but enough to get your attention. It really added another dimension. The burger was delicious, but I still expected more. Really enjoyable though.
The Merrywell Food Review Summary
Verdict: The Merrywell is a nice relaxed setting to enjoy a meal with modern funky music playing in the foreground (if it were softer I’d say background, yes, it’s a bit too loud!). It was quiet early on but it filled up. The shoestring fries were delicious but upstaged by the secret sauce. Very unique and I loved it! Yes it’s just sauce but what a difference it made. So too the sauce in the burger. Nice hit of chilli, lovely soft bun, intense meaty flavour provided by the angus beef, plus gooey melted cheese with the other ingredients combined well. Quite pricey at $24 though. Not worth it to my mind.
The Merrywell Restaurant Details
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