The Central Coast is pumping up its food scene with a Mediterranean arrival.
In the heart of Terrigal, where the sun-kissed shores meet the vibrant greenery, a new culinary gem has emerged, offering a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Meribella, perched atop Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, is not just a restaurant; it’s a heartfelt ode to Central Coast’s rich bounty and the culmination of Chef Joshua Mason’s global culinary journey.
As we step into this haven of gastronomic delight, it’s not just a meal we anticipate but a genuine connection with the essence of the Central Coast. Meribella, inspired by the simplicity of European dining and the freshness of its seaside locale, welcomes patrons with a warmth that goes beyond the stylish arches and luxurious interiors.
Chef Joshua Mason, a son of the Central Coast, returns home with a wealth of experience gained from renowned establishments, including two Michelin-star Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. His vision for Meribella is not just about presenting a menu; it’s a narrative woven with nostalgia and a commitment to elevating Central Coast dining to new heights.
Meribella’s menu is an artful blend of sophistication and familiarity. From the signature Wagyu tartare with Parisian dressing and caviar to comfort dishes like aged duck with beetroot and blackberry, each plate is a testament to Chef Mason’s culinary prowess. And let’s not forget the hand-crafted desserts, where the champagne and vanilla sponge with mandarin, white chocolate, and ricotta stand out as a sweet symphony.
What sets Meribella apart is not just the gastronomic journey but the thoughtfulness put into every detail. The restaurant’s design, with its light-filled conservatory and expansive views of the ocean, evokes a sense of timeless elegance. The colour palette, inspired by coastal hues and rainforest tones, creates an ambience that mirrors the beauty of Terrigal itself.
In a nod to local legends, Meribella’s bar is a treasure trove of delights. Classic cocktails rub shoulders with Meribella originals, each crafted to honour regional gems like Moore’s Gin from Distillery Botanica and whiskey from Amber Lane. The wine list is a celebration of both Hunter’s excellence and global vineyards, ensuring a perfect pairing for every dish.
Meribella doesn’t just aim to be a dining destination; it aspires to be a part of the Central Coast’s narrative. With live music on Fridays and Saturdays, the evenings at Meribella promise to be a symphony of flavours and melodies. It’s a space where stories of local ingredients intertwine with the tunes of talented artists, creating an experience that lingers in the heart.