Happy Independence Day! 4th of July, the National Day of the United States. In any other year today would have gone past without me batting an eyelid. But this year was slightly different as the PFEs were invited to the launch of the Merrywell’s new breakfast menu at the Crown Perth, all things American, all things American diner-styled breakfast. I was excited! I considered it to be a mini “celebration” for Independence Day, not that I’m an American or anything like that but I love the idea of celebrations, especially when great food and drinks are involved!
I had been to the Merrywell for an afternoon session and a dinner session previously and loved the “dude food” they serve. I was pretty sure the breakfast menu will not disappoint and was eager to see what the Chef had in store for us Perth diners!
The Merrywell was all flagged up…
and adorned with the “Big Apple”, lots of them! Getting into the spirit of it!
And now to the new Menu! …created by New York native and Head Chef, Rob Ryan, he was all enthused to introduce the new breakfast menu to us! Highly recommended were the Blackened Steak, the Apple Cinnamon French Toast and the Bagel. The Yoghurt Parfait and Heuvos Rancheros were mentioned too. They all sounded awesome, and there were too many eye-catching items on the menu to choose from!
The menu can be found on the Merrywell’s website for a closer look (click here).
Let start first with the drinks. My usual Long Macchiato ($4.90) coffee order, strong and bitter, just how I like it!
The staff then brought us each something new to try, the Bottomless Diner-style Drip Coffee. I must admit I was slightly skeptical about this style of coffee as I’d visited a few diners whilst travelling in the US and they were horrible. The one at Merrywell though was well brewed! Thin, strong, smoooth and had a slight sweetness to it. I actually preferred this over my Long Macchiato! And it’s only $2.50 for all you can drink, filled up by the staff as requested. I know what I’ll be ordering next time!
We were also served the Wicked Bloody Merry ($15) and Virgin Bloody Mary ($9) to share. I opted for the Wicked Bloody Merry – termed the naughty drink on our table! :p It was thick with a strong Tabasco taste to it. Yum!
Time now for the much awaited food! We had the Apple Cinnamon French Toast ($16) to share. Brioche coated lightly with egg, griddled and topped with tender poached apples and a pure Canadian maple syrup. It was delicious, especially the brioche with its crisp exterior but a soft and light interior.
Next came my favorite item this morning, a sampler of the Merrywell’s Croque Madame. Perfectly squared French ham and cheese toastie on a popstick! It was so innovative! The trick is to dip the Croque Madame into the runny sunny side up yolk, making it all gooey but oh so delicious! Definitely not the usual Croque Madame dish I had in other restaurants!
My order came next and I had picked the Cordon Bleu Crepes ($18). It was a crepe wrapped around some creamy chicken which was wrapped around some ham and Swiss cheese, topped with two sunny side up eggs and an indulgent creamy sauce. It was a very rich and filling dish! I didn’t manage to finish all of it, definitely a dish made for sharing!
Here are some photos of the dishes ordered by others, they looked so appetising!
- Huevos Rancheros ($19) – two SSU eggs, corn tortilla chips, pico de gallo, black beans and avocado
- Waffles with Strawberries ($16) – I want to order this next time!
- Smoked Salmon Sesame Bagel ($19) – thinly sliced smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato slices, red onion, capers and parsley.
The meal was rounded off with some Home Fries ($9) – chunky potatoes and peppers with house made tomato sauce. Rob made an appearance at the end to ask how we went with the food and there was a unanimous, “delicious”!
The new Breakfast menu at the Merrywell is something truly different! It is available every day from 7am – 11am from today onwards. There are a few items I want to try still – the Waffles, the Yoghurt Parfait, the Bagel, Blackened Steak, oh too many! Hehe I will definitely be back! One advantage I found going to the Crown for breakkie was the parking, it was so much easier to find parking at this time of the day!
A big thank you to Crown Perth and Denise Cheir (GM, Public Relations) for the invite!