I first visited Mercer Tavern last September and I really wasn’t that impressed. The space was awesome, but the food just left a lot to be desired and with a fairly competitive market for Edmonton’s taste buds, mediocre food just doesn’t cut it.
A couple of weeks ago, I paid Mercer Tavern a return visit. A few fellow food lovers, Jenn, Theresa and Lana, and myself were headed to a TedxEdmonton Salon event (about what else… food) in the Mercer Warehouse and Jenn, Theresa and I decided to grab dinner before the talk. Mercer Tavern seemed convenient, so I thought “hey, why not give it another try?” And, I am glad I did.
I started with a glass of Magner’s Irish Cider, as they had it on tap, and, as always, it was an excellent, refreshing way to start off the evening. After looking through the menu, the 3 of us decided to order a few different appetizers and share them.
We got 2 orders of fish tacos; 1 was an order of the grilled mahi mahi tacos off the menu and the other was an order of the fried shrimp and fish tacos that were on special for the day. I ended up going for one of the special tacos and it was excellent. The fried shrimp and fish were placed on a bed of crisp lettuce and then topped with a delicious spicy sauce. I also drizzled on a little more of the hot sauce that was served with the tacos for some additional heat. These tacos were delicious. I didn’t get to try the mahi mahi tacos, but the other girls really seemed to enjoy them also.
We also ordered some Turkey Sage Sliders, which were savoury turkey thigh sliders served with apple slaw and house-made mayo on a brioche bun. I haven’t always loved turkey burgers in the past, but these sliders were really excellent. The turkey was very juicy and flavourful and the slaw really complemented the burger nicely. I also should mention that the fries that were served with the sliders tasted significantly better than they did on my last visit.
Last, but certainly not least, we shared the Charcuterie Board which was a selection of various different cured meats and cheeses. The board came out overflowing with different meats and cheeses and was accompanied by jellies, mustards, some bread, dried fruit and greens. There was quite a bit of really good food on this charcuterie board, which I find isn’t always the case when you order one at a restaurant. I particularly enjoyed the prosciutto and goat cheese.
I had a really good time on my second visit to Mercer Tavern and was really, very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Mercer Tavern is absolutely back on my list for a great place to grab some snacks and drinks after work. I am looking forward to going back.
After our meal at Mercer Tavern, we met up with Lana to attend the TedxEdmonton Salon, entitled ‘Food for Thought’, at Startup Edmonton, in the warehouse next door. The event was really a lot of fun to attend and we got to hear from some really interesting speakers including Tom Lynch-Staunton, who spoke to us about livestock genomics, Megan Dear, the founder of Localize, and Carol Neuman, the founder of 10 Mile Meal. All of the speakers were clearly very passionate about the topics they were speaking on and that made for a really great event. As well, one of the highlights, in my opinion, was the video that they showed; a hilarious Ted Talk, given by chef Dan Barber, highlighting a more ‘ethical’ way to cultivate foie gras.
It was a great evening full of wonderful food and people. I guess this means I can take Mercer Tavern off the naughty list. 🙂