Mero Does More Than The Usual
Giulietta Avenia | On 08, Aug 2014
The Moubarak brothers are seriously Godâ€™s gift to the Brisbane dining scene.Â TheirÂ cocktails at Laruche are delicious and the melt-in-your-mouth wagyu brisket at Gerard’s is orgasmic. Aside: if Gerard was an actual person I would wed him.
Now the super trio have opened up an Italian restaurant. With pizza. I am in heaven!
Think seafood linguine with spanner crab, squid and vongole nestled amongst a heady aroma of garlic, chilli and Queensland bottarga. Or maybe you fancy a share plate of rolled and roasted porchetta, juicy on the inside and salty, crackling goodness on the outside, served with kipfler potatoes, pear and vincotto. Or to get your salivary glands really working, letâ€™s reflect on the pappardelle. Thick, ribbony strands of pasta tossed with duck ragu, spinach, peas, green peppercorns and a generous grating of pecorino Romano. Dangerously good.
For me though,Â a pizza is always the way to go menu option and Mero did not disappoint.
I opted for the hot sopressa salami pizza with red peppers, olives, mushrooms and provolone. With all of my favourite toppings on the one pizza, it was almost impossible to be disappointed. The dough was thin and smooth and although the crust was not as crispy as I like, it was tasty and did a great job of balancing all the toppings. The richness of the tomato sauce was freshened by the salty olives Â which I could eat by the bucketful. The fresh, juicy chunks of roasted pepper completed the dish which was delicious and eaten up in no time.
The other pizza we ordered was the vegetarian option of Â char-grilled zucchini, eggplant, pumpkin, red onion and ricotta. The smoky flavour of the zucchini blended perfectly with the sweetness of the slightly caramelized red onion. With crumbly ricotta dotted across the plate, the pizza maintained its light and relatively healthy feel throughout the meal.Â
Another reason to return to Mero is the service. Theyâ€™re attentive, funny to boot and are keen to share a joke.
What: Mero Kitchen & Bar Indooroopilly
Where:Â Level 3, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
More info:Â http://indooroopillyshopping.com.au/store/the-mero-kitchen-bar/