When dining out, we almost always go for a Tasting Menu as good value and varied experiences. My wife hesitated at Mercato, recalling the 'generous' serves = too much from last time. That's the problem with Country eating -- if that can be a problem.
She relented -- but only if I can have an exchange of one of the many meat dishes for a fish one (as on the a la carte menu). No worries said our amiable and very knowledgeable waiter. Which kind of surprised (but pleased me) as mucking up a kitchen's work flow is an imposition that many won't accept.
Her: 'Just one glass for me will be enough' and it was a well-judged interesting white and not too cold ... for a change.Good wine list alright, as discovered by me (and her because one glass is never enough) sharing my matching wines at only $45 for maybe 5 or 6 matching the dishes, and not at all boring whites or blockbuster shiraz, not at all.
Did we say protein: A scallop happy face then Real Men food: rabbit, duck, kangaroo, venison. Enough already but only for the quantity. Also the sides and juices were just right, not traditional, not silly-modern, just right.
Not a million miles from the Hot restaurant in town -- except in price. A chef-owned restaurant as it should be, well done Richard. Very enjoyable, our fourth visit here and we'll be back.