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)
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.
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
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.
Not to forget dessert Creme Catalan Tart
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.
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.
Till next year March Into Merivale!