If I had to describe Crown Perth’s The Merrywell in one word it’d be cool. The American style bar/pub/restaurant is well known as the perfect spot for a late lunch, a couple of beers and a catch up with friends. Plus award winning burgers and “dude food” approval. What it should also be praised for is it is the ideal spot for a late brunch with a fun, American diner style breakfast menu, bottomless drip coffee and a casual vibe.
E and I visited recently on a long weekend, praying the crowds would still be tucked up in bed post partying the night before. We were right! No wait for a table, or the food, and we were able to hear each other across the booth at a normal volume. Score!
The menu is pretty creative and even the regular brunch dishes have some kind of dude food, USA spin which left E and I with the hard task of choosing. I love when I have to weigh up the options, it makes dining out more interesting. E couldn’t pass up the Traditional Bennie ($18), The Merrywell’s take on Eggs Benedict. Two perfectly poached eggs smothered in thick hollandaise sauce with an English muffin graced her plate, but what made the dish were the “home fries” that accompanied her meal. The chunky, home made seasoned potato wedges were an interesting addition to the rich dish, adding another element. I will definitely admit I stole a few of the flavoursome spuds from her plate.
The New York Egg Sandwich ($15) was my dish of choice after tossing up between three different meals. A twist on the usual bacon and egg roll, the Merrywell’s version featured two sunny side up eggs, melted provolone cheese (mmm) and crispy bacon on a brioche bun. Give me brioche any day! The bun was light and fluffy, and the well cooked insides were complimented by the gooey cheese. Served with tater tots (so American, I immediately thought of Napoleon Dynamite) and zesty tomato ketchup the dish was a winner. And I wasn’t too full afterwards which is always a plus!
Hanging out at Crown is like entering another world, and now that we know how tasty the Merrywell’s breakfast menu is we’ll be back for sure. Do yourself a favour and get down there – even if it’s just for those home fries!
Where do you like brunch on the weekend?