Date visited: 20th December 2012
I remember a colleague telling me last year after she returned from a holiday with her family to USA, that most of the restaurants that they went to served burgers and burgers and guess what? Burgers. Massive, meaty burgers with tons of cheese. Her grandkids were happy, but after a few days, she she felt so sick of burgers (LOL) that toward the end, sometimes she would just skip dinner and walk home to her hotel room hungry, for she couldn't stand the sight of another burger. My thoughts on it... are you kidding me? I would be in heaven.
MerlinFan had been out of town working for the last five days. Before her return to Melbourne, we had already decided where to head for lunch today. MerlinFan's only requisite?
MEAT. Why, The Merrywell sounded like just the place on this sunny day.
The Merrywell is easy to locate just at the corner of Clarendon St and the riverside, so right at the Crown Casino tram stop. Now I don't get what it is about this Upstairs and Downstairs business - check it out their website. We dined Downstairs today, which mainly serves burgers, sandwiches and sides.
When you come in, there is a board above the counter, where you make your order and pay there then find your seats wherever you want. Sweet. I love free seating - MerlinFan and I found a big high table with bar stools near an open window where a cool breeze was blowing in. =) I loved the vast space and high ceilings; large tables and chairs made it the perfect place to sit and have a leisurely lunch or drinks with friends.
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|The Merrywell Spider $7 and Cherry Coke Float $7|
MerlinFan and I naturally had the burgers.
I chose their signature, The Merrywell which had lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, tomato, special sauce, bacon and fries.
|The Merrywell $20|
MerlinFan had the MEL, which had fried egg, cheese, beets, pineapple and mayonnaise.
If I do return to Merrywell, it would be for the ambiance - it had a great, relaxing feel and extremely comfortable seating. Loved loved loved guzzling down those delightful floats too. The burgers were pretty good although not the best in Melbourne and to be honest, not entirely worth the hefty price tag.
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