The Merricote dining room is a charming space lovingly adorned with a stag's head, giant bronze pig and the odd piggie touch here and there - napkin rings, bookends. It's that combination of shabby homely kitsch with elegant high ceilings and trendy single lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling.
We deliberated a long time whether to go tasting menu or make our own choices and in the end decided to go with tasting as they were kind enough to organise a change for Steve who doesn't particularly like trout.
- Veal ’Bitterballen’, Dijon
The follow up was:
- Port Arlington Mussels and Chorizo Piperade
- Garlic Custard, Heirloom Tomatoes, Laver
- Glazed Eggplant, Freekah, Lime, Zucchini
- Poached Trout, Kohlrabi Remoulade, Leaves and Roe
- Warialda Beef Chuck, Braised Shin, Rye, Scorched Salad
- ‘Gevallen Citroen Taart’
Service was attentive throughout (although I ordered some tea that was forgotten but I wasn't desperate). The attention intensified as others diners left and by the end we were almost friends!
This is classic and creative cooking in one. It's a step above a neighbourhood drop in bistro although it retains all the positive attributes of one. The chef's hat award is well deserved as it is that little bit more special but at the same time is highly approachable and charming.