Restaurants

Scarlett Slimms and Lucky | The Verdict

By Marilynn McLachlan - 02 Aug 2016

Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden
Scarlett Slimms and Lucky Mt Eden

If you have been on Instagram lately, then chances are, you’ve seen an epic Bloody Mary doing the rounds. And by epic, we mean blood-red liquid topped with (wait for it): a pickle, a spicy chicken wing, an onion ring, polenta and, just for good measure—a beef slider! A meal unto itself, we’d say!

This half bevvie/half meal is from none other than Mt Eden’s Scarlett Slimms and Lucky. While we here at The Urban List have been fans of the venue since it reinvented itself after its Cloakroom days, we decided the Bloody Mary was a good enough reason to pay them another visit

Situated in the heart of Mt Eden Village, Scarlett Slimms has a spacious outdoor area with fairy lights, heaters and plantation, as well as its red neon namesake on the wall. Inside, things get a little darker and there’s a few tall tables, a bar to one side, with bottles and books above it, and a busy kitchen to the other. There’s a rustic vibe with the exposed brick walls where Scarlett herself watches over the room. And just who is this Scarlett? Open the menu (displayed in old school book covers) and you’ll learn her story: a beautiful and defiantly elusive woman who can be found in the coolest parts of town. Then there’s Lucky—the sleuth detective who’s the coolest guy in the room, the man men want to be. Together the pair create the name and the atmosphere for Scarlett Slimms and Lucky, and we love it.

It was only natural that we had to try the Bloody Mary first, but there were plenty of other tempting options on the menu. Their sangria is popular and we’ll be back to try the Chocolate Affair—Kahula, Baileys, Frangelico and dark chocolate. There’s also options for the non-alcohol-drinking peeps with a section called Innocents. The Bloody Mary is every bit as massive and tasty as it looks. It has drawn viral popularity, and there were 38 sold in a recent Saturday night. It’s also quite a genius way of ensuring that people eat while their having they’re having a drinking sesh! Each item is on a stick, and so you pull them off one at a time and work your way through the food. Thankfully we are given a plate to eat off!

Delving further into the menu reveals some epic options. This is a gastro pub with extras. Firstly, there’s the option to create your own menu—totally awesome for picky eaters. It was the brain child of head chef Reid Craig. An American, he works closely with general manager, Jimmy Mames, to constantly push the boundaries and make the venue something to remember. We tried tandoori hapuka fish with yoghurt and chopped salad. Stunningly presented, it was a healthy and light dish that tasted delicious.

If you’re not into choosing your own meal, then there are some delicious options to choose from. Entrees include jumbo onion rings and meatballs or the popular sausage trio—wild pork and fennel, velvet stout, spicy horseradish with garlic mustard. For mains, as well as burgers, there’s more sophisticated options like braised beef short rib and an amazing seafood pot crammed with mussels, clams, prawns, snapper and saffron.

We tried the whiskey-marinated scotch fillet and bang bang prawns with spicy honey mustard and port wine jus. The fillet was tender and the prawns packed a delicious punch!

Chef Reid Craig also brought out a massive pork loin chop with braised apple and pears and honey mustard jus. It will be available when the new menu comes out in four weeks, but in the meantime we were happy to try it. Pork is one of those meals that are so easy to get wrong—all too often the meat becomes as hard as the crackling, or the meat is soft but so too is the crackling. Not under Reid Craig. Oh, no. This massive piece of goodness was, quite possibly, the best pork I’ve ever tried. You need this in your life, stat.

There are delicious options for dessert. We love the sound of the Split Tiramisu—an espresso shot, sponge fingers, chocolate mousse and citrus mascarpone and the French Toast Crème Brulee.

If you find yourself heading to Scarlett Slimms late at night and with the munchies, then their late night snacks menu is just what you need. On it, you’ll find a cheese toastie, bourbon pecan pie and roasted mixed nuts. But, if you’re the sober driver, opt for a Chai latte or a tea—Earl Grey or Herbal.

Scarlett Slimms and Lucky really is an epic joint to visit, either for after work drinks and nibbles or if you prefer something a little more substantial and filling. We can confirm the food is not your usual pub fare! Make the most of their specials, too. There’s two-for-one mains on a Monday night and all-you-can-eat ribs for $25 on a Tuesday among others.

And, when you do visit, don’t go past that Bloody Mary. Join the fans and make sure you take a selfie to share to the gram because it really is a something to see and eat to believe.

Scarlett Slimms and Lucky, we’ll be back. 

For more details about Scarlett Slimms and Lucky, including opening hours, click here

Image credit: Andrew Wilson

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