Mary's Pitt Street
The third CBD outpost for the burger joint has vegan options and rum cocktails — and even takes reservations.
It seems like the legends at burger joint Mary's don't just want us to be spoilt for choice, they want us to be absolutely swimming in it. So the Sydney group went ahead and launched a surprise attack, opening the doors to a brand-new Pitt Street venue, in a move that pretty much no one saw coming.
The 60-seat table-service restaurant has made its home at the Surry Hills edge of the city and embraces a classic Mary's offering. Alongside tried-and-true favourites — like the signature Mary's burger, the 'shroom burger and that fried chicken number — this one's dishing up the same gangbusters vegan menu that first launched at Mary's Circular Quay earlier this year. Think, outrageously crispy fried cauliflower, plant-based mash and gravy, and burgers oozing with vegan cheese.
To match, there's a high-energy soundtrack of blues and rock, a largely Aussie and New Zealand wine lineup courtesy of Mary's award-winning Group Sommelier Caitlyn Rees, and an all-new, rum-heavy cocktail list with a little something for all tastes. And if you're a planner, this newest Mary's outpost will really float your boat – unlike its siblings, the Pitt Street eatery actually takes bookings, for tables of 8 to party groups of 60.
In terms of decor, expect exposed bricks, comfy banquettes, a skeleton or two and chandeliers for swinging a la Sia. According to Smyth, the venue is a slightly more mature than its Newtown and Castlereagh Street counterparts. "Pitt Street looks, feels and tastes like Mary's, but one that may have taken some advice from two old fuckers that used to be young fuckers," Smyth said in a statement.
This latest outpost marks Mary's third CBD venture and wraps up what must have been a pretty darn busy nine months for the crew. Owners Kenny Graham and Jake Smyth (also The Lansdowne, The Unicorn, Mary's Pizzeria) opened that new Circular Quay restaurant in April and took over the basement space below for new venue Mary's Underground a short while later. They even enjoyed a spin down to Melbourne somewhere along the way, for a two-month kitchen residency at cocktail bar Fancy Free. But hey, who's arguing? The more Mary's, the better – right?
Images: Kitti Gould