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!

Free canape tastings at March Into Merivale Launch event 2010 at the Ivy Ballroom

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.

March Into Merivale event: Lotus canapes: Skewer of prawn crusted with Tasty Toobs
One of my favourite canapes at March Into Merivale 2010 – by Lotus: Skewer of prawn crusted with Tasty Toobs

March Into Merivale - est. canapes: grilled scallop tartare, olive oil, lime juice, washed red onion and pork crackle
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 being served at March Into Merivale 2010
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!

The Cointreau Blush

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

  • Mmmmmm YUMMMY! What a great looking cocktail!

  • Love the look of the blush pink cocktail as well as the new-look title banner!

  • Wow, that cocktail looks really tasty! I love grapefruit in drinks.

  • There’s this event for next week too – some good restaurants featuring a main and a glass of wine from the NSW region – http://www.nswwineweek.com.au/event_list.php?intcategoryid=1 The crisp skin ocean trout at Steel Bar and Grill sounds pretty good!

  • Jen

    The colours in it are quite stunning aren’t they! So summery and feminine… It tastes as good as it looks too!

  • Jen

    Thanks darl! I think this new banner is a keeper 😀

  • Jen

    hehe… me too! pink grapefruit is so wonderful – fresh with a bit of chilli salt or squeezed into a zingy juice, mmm!

  • Jen

    Wowsers, look at all of those good deals! Decisions, decisions! Part of ‘indulgence on a budget’ is also knowing how and when to exercise self control! Haha…

  • for the tail end of summer that would go down well

  • Superb spread…..it appears that March is a good time for these sort of events. In the Netherlands, there’s restaurant week so select restaurants offer set menus for 25 euros plus…..

  • Jen

    Oh it sure would! Kinda glad that the beginning of Autumn was warm 😛

  • Jen

    Sounds like you have a good deal over there too! 🙂