March Into Merivale 2017

This year March into Merivale started with a storm and everyone being completely drenched. Which in a way was amazing as it was not crowded like last year.  So this year Merivale came up with something a little bit different, and transformed the whole ivy complex altogether. This year Ash Street Laneway became Asian Street Food Market, Pailings was transformed into Australia vs Mexico dinner feast, Level 2 bars into Heavenly High Tea, The Den into AMEX, The Ballroom into European Garden and The Pool Club into Ibiza Party. The tickets were $60 BUT (unlike last year) the food vouchers were only for drinks, meaning  you get 3 drinks of your choice per person and you can eat all your want ( although they were trying to limit it to 11 dishes per person, but it did not seem like they were running out anyway)

unnamed (20)Pailings served amazing Grilled Prawn Skewers with mango and chilli salsa – my absolute favourite out of what Palings had to offer. Ultimate cheeseburger is the second favourite, a must try for all you burger lovers out there. And other dishes such as Rotisserie lamb tacos, mushroom quesadilla with spicy pebre sauce, smoked hot wings and spinach dip puffs. Mexican vibe was present everywhere you look, from hosts outfits, to decorations to an authentic live lucha libre match right in front of you.

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Level 2 was decorated with balloons and flowers and served Pina Colada Marshmellows, Passionfruit chocolate truffles, doughnuts, Dulcey caramel mousse tuille cups and other desserts

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Ibiza themed Pool Club served Buffalo Sausages, Entrana Steaks, delicious clams cooked in a large paella pan, Pork bellies prepared in front of you over fire. And anise seed liquor over shaved ice. I loved the atmosphere of The Pool Club and we were extremely lucky for the rain to finally stop and since it was not busy just yet, we managed to get a nice table and enjoy the view.

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Not to forget dessert Creme Catalan Tart

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The Ballroom, however, was the highlight of the whole venue.  Pimped out to the fullest and covered in flowers head to toe by Flower Head (Merivale’s in-house florist). Apart from live band and exquisite decorations, the masterpiece of the ballroom was most definitely the giant cheese and cured meat spread, right in the middle of the room, and probably (from what it looked like) five meters long.

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Towards the end of the launch the laneway was filled with people to the point that it was extremely hard to get through. Just like the true Asian Market. It was actually insane and probably the only negative thing about the night. But that’s were (if you manage to get through) you can try some authentic Asian dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Fried Chicken Bao, Sichuan Cumin Lamb Skewers, Thai Moo Ping Skewers, Stem Prawn Shumai, King Crab Scallop, Crispy Duck Spring Rolls to name a few.

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Till next year March Into Merivale!

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Italian Affair with Uccello – Review 9/10

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Uccello (means “bird”in Italian) is a hidden rooftop bar at the Ivy Pool bar and nightclub.It is a cozy venue with traditional and contemporary Italian feel to it, overlooking the pool side area of the famous Ivy rooftop bar.It is not widely known since it is more hidden that the other restaurants in the area, but it’s more and more becoming popular for business lunches and fancy dinner outings with a lovely homely feel.

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Uccello is famous for their exceptional selection of antipasti and their wine collection, not to mention they use freshest produce and inspiration from different places all over the Italy.

The wine and champagne collection is huge, as i mentioned, they can also create amazing cocktails. On my last visit we’ve had La Vigna di Sarah 2014, a beautiful light Prosecco.

Followed by antipasti of Prosciutto di Parma, fig, balsamic, cravero parmesan  ($26), just as good as meat cuts from Italian  county side, very fresh and decadent.

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My most favourite entree out of them all is Split Yamba prawns with chili and parsley prepared on wood fire ($34). Oh my god, this is to die for! If you love seafood and chilly, you absolutely must try this. So gentle with an extra kick to it, entrees just do not get better that this!

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Another great seafood antipasti option is Octopus with chickpea puree and witlof  ($26), very soft octopus with a bit of spice. It is very delicate and  delicious.

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They will make a vegetarian option also, if you request. A must have vegetarian entree is a five way squash. Which is literally just that, five different types of squash with a beautiful dressing on a side of hummus and tomatoes that every vegetarian/vegan would enjoy.

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Let’s not forget about oysters.

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Coming to your mains, the fish of the day is highly recommended if you are full from all the antipasti and would like something light and very fresh. For obvious reasons, fish of the day constantly changing but what ever it is it will literally melt in you mouth. It will come with delicious eggplant salad on the side.

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And again for vegetarians and vegans Uccello makes amazing pasta dish, full of vegetables, herbs and spices, very Italian in deed!

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Burrawong chicken with  Romano field peppers, guanciale and  parsley ($42) is cooked to an absolute perfection. Chicken was definitely my main of choice.

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Uccello has a separate steak menu, cooked as you like it and done to perfection. For lovers of heavy meals try a Bangalow pork belly with  glazed pork neck and wood fire grilled plums ($46)

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When choosing a side dish you may want to consider Sautéed sebago in duck fat and  rosemary  ($11) which is basically a dish of potatoes, but oh my god that duck fat will blow your mind! Done in finest Italian tradition!

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And as of dessert, here are three amazing options for you:

 

First one being  Zokoko dark chocolate mousse with  mascarpone sabayon and espresso granita  ($18), i must warn you it has a very strong coffee taste to it, so if you are not a coffee drinker or do not enjoy the taste or smell of – keep away. Second is deliciously sour lemon tart with vanilla cream ( not ice cream, unfortunately) ($16). And third is my all time favourite – Raspberry sorbet with salted and  sugar almond ($17) very refreshing and perfect to end your meal with and cleanse your palette. Also suitable for vegetarians.

I must say Uccello is perfect for any occasion be it a friendly dinner, business lunch, family gathering or a hot date. If you would like to impress someone with an amazing dining experience and stunning poolside view surrounded by palm tree and attractive people – make a booking at Uccello! I have been with friends and family and we all love it here so much!

UCCELLO

Level 4 Ivy Poolclub
320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

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Fine Dinning French Style – Felix 10/10

My family and I are regular at Felix. In fact, Felix is the only restaurant my parents get extremely excited about. If i,myself, had to recommend a good restaurant it would be Felix,without a doubt.. This is my absolute 10/10 especially after being to Paris multiple times, i still think this is the best french bistro  in Sydney and Paris.

Felix is gorgeous french restaurant located in the Sydney CBD, right next to the Ivy. Felix is an award winning Merivale venue and if you ever came in for lunch or dinner you will understand why. It is a little Paris hidden in busy streets of Sydney’s business district.Everything about it is authentic french starting from the interiors, table set out, french waiters and waitresses to absolutely sensational dishes. Yes, it is a bit expensive but it is definitely worth it.I would highly suggest it for an intimate first date experience or cosy family dinner. Make sure to make a booking though, as Felix is always full of customers, Sunday lunch is probably your list busy option.

Is this a date night venue? Absolutely! If you are over the heels for someone or would like to impress your date, you should definitely book Felix for dinner.

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You will be introduced to a huge selection of  mid to high range wines. Australian, Italian, French wines…they have it all. Right in the middle you will see an oyster island with oysters being opened fresh right in front of you, coming from different regions of Australia.

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Seafood platters are large and full of fresh variety.Perfect on a summer lunch date with some authentic french champagne

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France is known for amazing french soups. Make sure to enquirer about soups de jour. Hot bowl of soup is amazing for a cold winter lunch or even as an entree.

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But the steaks are what will get your taste buds going. Felix cooks the most delicious steaks and meats you can possibly get.

CaptureAnd of course, not forgetting that France is famous for beautiful french desserts. From panacota, to chocolate to champagne jelly. Desserts are another must try at Felix, with a cup of coffee or Affogato.1934089_10153289768993568_6315716265663500807_n1505174_10153289769028568_8941245788805535691_n4 Sitting outside or inside, for family dinner, lunch with friends or a romantic date – Felix is perfect for any occasion, especially for the lovers of fine dinning and fine french cuisine.

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Just wanna pop in for an intimate drink or a quick cup of coffee?  The bar has a huge selection of cocktails, wine and spirits.

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Felix Bistro & Bar

2 Ash St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone:(02) 9240 3000

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WIP REVIEW 6/10

WIP is another awesome venue owned by Merivale Group.  WIP is a very small and pretty casual dumpling joint in Sydney CBD (right next to Bistro de CBD Hotel). The whole venue is extremely relaxed with a very unusual feel to it.. Very rock and roll and a bit “unmerivale”, but you will probably get the best dumplings in the  city at WIP, food is fantastic! If you are looking for something different at your lunch break or for dinner with mates, then this is perfect!

I had a quite large group of people with me so we ended up with a private room. Here is the interior so you get the idea of the ” unusual feel” i mentioned earlier. It’s like an underground Asian mafia kinda of venue. Dumplings and beer all night for us, please!

Is this a date night venue? Not really, it is too casual for date, unless it’s “Let’s just be friends” kinda date or a simple and quick Tinder date.Food is delicious but the surroundings are a bit rough, this venue will suit you if you have that kind of personality or if your date is artsy, low maintenance or punky kinda girl 🙂

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March Into Merivale 2016

March into Merivale this year was M A S S I V E!  This year we had two signature dishes from every Merivale venue ( less than last year) but the signature dishes were better than ever! I took my parents to the Ivy as I do every year and they were hugely impressed by this year’s effort. Merivale never stops to amaze. Freshly renovated Newport joined March into Merivale this year and brought great selection of seafood and crowd’s favourite – Lobster Omelet.

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