On the dining out scale, we have cheap eats on one end and fine dining at the other. But what goes in between during those weekdays which you feel like a bit of indulgence without milking your wallet? What if you want something slightly special on a budget?
That's been my situation lately so I'm dedicating this month to indulgence on a budget.
And what better way to kick start the theme than to look at what the Merivale restaurants are offering during their March Into Merivale festival (15 February - 16 April).
During the eight week festival, nine Merivale restaurants - est., sushi e, Uccello, Mad Cow, Bistro CBD, Lotus, Ash Street Cellar, Teppanyaki and Sushi Choo - offer $33 lunch and dinner menus, which includes a main meal with a glass of wine or beer!
I managed to squeeze in quite a few tastings during their launch event a few weeks ago at The Ivy Room and will definitely be heading back to est. and Lotus.
One of my favourite canapes at March Into Merivale 2010 - by Lotus: Skewer of prawn crusted with Tasty Toobs
Another of my favourite canapes at March Into Merivale 2010 - by est.: Grilled scallop tartare, olive oil, lime juice, washed red onion and pork crackle
And another thing which caught my eye was the Cointreau Blush.
Drinks served at March Into Merivale 2010
The Cointreau Blush is a refreshing cocktail with sweet and tangy citrus flavours frolicking within a tall glass. I spotted the recipe on a coaster and let me just say, this cocktail brings back summer! It's super easy to make yourself at home... Give it a go!
So I know how everyone whinges about the inflated cost of food every year, but thanks to Merivale, I don't think eating out on a budget has ever tasted this spectacular!
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March Into Merivale 2010
What: $33 lunch and dinner menus (includes a glass of wine or beer)
When:15 February - 16 April, Monday to Friday, noon to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm
Where: est., sushi e, Uccello, Mad Cow, Bistro CBD, Lotus (* dinner only), Ash Street Cellar, Teppanyaki and Sushi Choo
More info: marchintomerivale.com.au