Any hipster or anyone who cares about fried chicken has heard about Mary's in Newtown. I fall into the latter category.
That said, the thought of waiting an hour for a table -- cranky toddler in tow -- with the hipster and food blogger crowd is enough to turn me off and possibly even eat a salad for dinner instead.
When I heard about the pending opening of Mary's in the CBD, weekday work lunch options started to get exciting. The CBD joint is takeaway only, and (even better), burgers only. As expected, opening day was insane and the keen office worker slash food blogger community came in droves. Two months later, the buzz has settled down and I am game enough to try it out.
On the menu is the Mary's burger, a cheeseburger with pickles, their famous fried chicken in a burger, a veggie burger and a breakfast burger. You can get your burger on its own, or in a meal deal with fries and a soda or a shake.
I know exactly what I want, and after a short wait and much anticipation, I get my white and black paper bag with my fried chicken burger and fries. The fried chicken is everything I want it to be -- and more. It's a generous, chunky, juicy serve of chicken fried in a glorious buttermilk batter. The chicken has just the right amount of spice, and is sandwiched in a soft bun. The accompanying Mary's sauce is delicious. The burger isn't huge but it's enough (to clog up your arteries). The fries are shoestring, slightly thicker than your Maccas fries (which I also love). They are good but on the salty side -- the side you want to err on when fries are concerned. The help-yourself soft-drink machine is a great idea - very Hungry Jack's.
Needless to say, I'll be back to try the other burgers, probably as often as my skinny jeans will let me.
Recently celebrated my birthday dinner here with a few friends. The staff were gracious and understanding despite the fact that we ran 30 minutes later than our reservation. We had the tasting menu and it was reasonably priced for the amount of food and the flavour. This is a very cool restaurant hidden away in a pocket of Riley St which you definitely should try.
Massive recommendation from me. Menu is modern, yet, still humble. Good portion sizes, flavours that just go together perfectly. I'm no food snob - I'd describe it as a step up from the everyday, but, you wish you could actually eat here everyday.
Lots of space, well appointed bathrooms downstairs and excellent service from staff.
An insanely good pork knuckle was on the menu on my visit - and gets three thumbs up from me.
An Australian friend took us to this place and it was really amazing!! After 40 min. we finally got a table and we ordered some nice burgers. They were delicious and we had a great time here. Definitely put this place on your bucket list while you're visiting Sydney!!
Had trouble finding the place at first. Really cool vibe inside. The service was so slow!
The wait staff said they were busier than normal for a Sunday, because we also ordered fried chicken that takes a little longer to cook. So in total we waited 40 mins for our food. Really good food if you have a hangover but I probably wouldn't come back here again. The food is too greasy for my liking.
It's funny that I write a review for them now even if they've been my regular place over a year.. Coffee is awesome, food is awesome, service is awesome, but I wish prices for some dishes dropped a little.. It seems that they use premium quality ingredients since their food is fresh and all. But I would love to see a little price drops for some dishes, especially on the breakfast menu.
Oh my gosh I'm in love with Cre Asion all over again. I love the assortment of breakfast options - egg and ham or mushroom baked in puff pastry cases are clever and really tasty. It's not something you can't make yourself at home, but they just do it better. The house-made pork sausage rolls are divine, and dare I say, better than Bourke Street Bakery. They are huge, perfectly moist, herby, stuff with mushroom, and the pastry is light and crispy. I managed to get one fresh out of the oven this morning and I was in absolute pastry heaven. The bags of granola are great too, perfect for days when you need to smash a quick breakfast at your desk at work.
The coffee is a little weak and milky, I like mine with a lot of punch. Hasn't stopped me going back for breakfast though. Food prices are a little on the high side, but the baked goods are amazing and you get the sense that they are made with pride.
Went here on a recommendation and were lucky enough to get vouchers for a 7 course degustation. On arrival we were asked whether we wanted to sit at the bar or at the window. We missed out on the last corner seat facing out into the street, but managed to get a spot by the door. I'd read other reviews about customers feeling ripped off for being 'shafted' to this area, but it was a relatively mild night so it didn't matter too much. Hubby ended up being the door-man as people didn't quite know how to shut the door! Anyway, the courses came out and we were a bit doubtful about whether we'd be making a through a Maccas drive-through or not. Starters were pretty light on: cucumber & black fungi salad and steamed pork & prawn wontons (we only got two, hence the nervous scepticism). The beef short ribs on sesame leaves were san choy bow like and went down well with the house beer. The deep fried tofu and spatchcock were served with a modest amount of rice (both which were happily scoffed), followed by THE BEST caramelised beef ribs we had every eaten. They were so good that I let my hubby have one of my slices, to show him just how much I loved him. Seriously. The only let down on the plate was the gelato, which didn't seem to fit with the rest of the courses: it was a mix-mash of berries and had a strange, unpleasant after taste. Other than that, service was fantastic, ambiance was great and Head Chef Hamish proved, once again, why Bar H is a hatted restaurant.
ps make sure you visit the loo - there's an adorable framed photograph of Hamish and his sister as children.
Great little wine bar/ restaurant in Surry Hills. The menu has a great selection of modern Chinese/Asian dishes which are sublime. The food looks and tastes a little like Bill Kwong. They also do a good happy hour between 6-7pm where the cocktails are $10. They had a really great pomegranate cocktail. The only downside about this place is the table we were sitting at was a little wonky and made me paranoid I was going to spill something all night. Service is friendly and attentive.
A bunch of fresh fruits with different varieties in the box and some tiny floral on it with cute pink ribbon that surrounds, makes the person you gave feels so special. This is where my friend recommends me whenever I have only a minute for a party or in any special occasions.
Serving fresh hand-made pasta, A Tavola has always been the real deal. The long communal/pasta-making marble table in the Darlinghurst restaurant makes an appearance in the Bondi restaurant. You can't go past the stracciatella unless you're allergic to dairy. The wagyu beef pappardelle is another signature dish that is rich, decadent and all round amazing, but the seafood linguine is a sure way to my heart.
I must confess that this is my first yum cha at Kam Fook as I rarely have yum cha in Australia. Glad now that I've been.
The restaurant is of decent size with the usual Asian trimmings and I must say that although it was busy, this place isn't too noisy, no acoustic like many modern outfits.
The food is great; plenty of choices from steamed, fried to braised, they're all great. The waitresses are generally friendly and happy to assist.
One thing to note though, the waiters aren't all that eager to assist and only after a few attempts with different waiters did we receive the condiments we requested. It is true; it isn't an easy task to catch the attention of any waiter or, is it purely our luck that day? I shall find out when I dine at Kam Fook next time.
Despite the reluctant service and their prices not exactly affordable, I still will return for their food is fresh and good. Having a great company to dine with certainly helps!