Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March into Merivale 2012 Launch Party, Sydney

Finally it's March into Merivale month is here for 2012. And it went off with a bang! Seriously was it me or was it more packed this year than last year? As per last year, this was held at the Ash Street Laneway and the Ivy Room. Unfortunately they did not give out the menu list of food offered at all the stands which was slightly frustrating. Like last year, an entry ticket gives you 6 food items and 2 drinks to try out with additional $10 and $20 tokens that can be topped up throughout the night. This year, all tickets to the launch party have sold out in advance.

This year the theme for March into Merivale is 'Eat my words'. The theme is slightly similar to last year's theme 'The Art of Food' except with a focus on words describing food indulgence in varying forms. During the event, models parade around the venue displaying very little clothing in front of wordy background shots.

In complying with the theme, decorations such as plates were displayed across the restaurant stands with some classic food-related one-liners. Aside from the models, entertainment included a DJ and several musicians playing at the Ash Street Laneway and the Ivy Room.

My friends and I turned up before it opens which ended up being a good decision as the line got long fairly quickly. After trying several, I lost my friends in the massive crowd so it was time to wander around to check what's available. It was a bit tough trying to move through the crowd on both levels and some stalls had really long queues which can be tough for the impatient. Eventually I found my mates again but I decided to wander and check out more stuff while they chill out and drink on.

Glasses of wine and champagne were being handed out non-stop throughout the night for you to mingle and chill after an epic gourmet feast.

Ash Street Cellar

Chicken and chorizo Argentinian empanada with salsa criolla

Ash St Cellar tart of the day with various toppings (raspberry, blueberry) - I wanted to try the raspberry tart but the person in front of me got the last one!!!

Beresford Hotel

Shellfish orecchiette with vongole, mussels, crab, cuttlefish, squid, chilli, garlic, parsley & lemon - FAVE

Classic panzarotti in three different flavours

Bistrode CBD

Wagyu beef pie with homemade bistrode ketchup - FAVE

Spit roast Melanda Park pig with raw fennel and lemon dressing - FAVE

El Loco

Field mushroom quesadilla with chipotle mayo

Secret Taco

(Did not get to try the crumbed flathead taco which I heard is the standout dish at El Loco's stall)


Salad of sand crab heart of palm, avocado, chilli, pink grapefruit, coriander cress - FAVE

Mascarpone citrus cannoli, raspberries and violets


Lamb pie, sauteed mushrooms and tarragon jus - FAVE

Tasting of fruit de mare with lobster roll, oyster, prawn & mussel (ran out before I got to try it)

Mad Cow

Barbequed rangers valley wagyu flank steak with spicy barbeque sauce

Signature pavlova with strawberries and passionfruit

Ms G's

Vietnamese ocean trout ceviche with prawn crackers

Sang choy bao of cheeseburger springroll with potato chip mayonnaise - FAVE

Sailors Thai Ivy

Grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce - FAVE

Beef curry with roti - my friends really enjoyed this dish!

Sushi Choo

Vegetarian hand roll

Mixed seafood ceviche

Sushi E

Spicy tuna Dynamite roll, Wagyu beef confit with miso sesame sauce


Vitello Tonnato, piquillo peppers and caper berries

Prawn and calamari salad with saffron infused orzo, olives, chilli, cherrie tomatoes and parsley

Mr Wong (a new restaurant perhaps?)

Steamed scallop shumai

David O'Brien

Tuna carpaccio, fois gras butter, brioch, quail egg

By the end of the night I was absolutely full and slightly tipsy. So much food in so little time...

March into Merivale is running from 16th February to 5th April. For more info on upcoming special events and their month-long $33 restaurant meal deals, check out the Merivale website.
Make sure you book for your favourite event soon because it will sell out.

Merivale Restaurants

1 comment:

  1. i was thinking whether to go to the launch event. now i'm regretting that i didn't go...all the food looks amazing! oh well, hopefully there's next year.