Restaurants

Mary’s | The Verdict

By Chloe Sputore - 08 Sep 2015

It’s not all about doughnuts and baked goods at this Highgate gem—after dark Wednesday through Saturday, Perth restaurant Mary’s busts out an impressive bevvy list which includes oriental spirits like sake and soju. But the drinks aren’t all to write home about, the menu at Mary’s is epic.

With the kitchen headed up by the old crew from the Greenhouse, Simon Kruger and Nick Malanczak, Mary’s (the sexy night-time version of Mary Street Bakery) serve up delish dishes with an Asian flare. Expect to try things like Kewpie Mayonnaise stuffed chicken wings, fried sweet potato dumplings and braised beef maltagliati with spiced black vinegar.

If you’re not afraid of bringing on an early heart attack, give the seven spice crispy chicken skins a go. While it feels a little wrong (you’re basically eating fat), and you can’t shouldn’t eat more than one, they’re pretty nautilicious.

The star of the menu has to be the deconstructed mushroom lasagne with black garlic, burnt butter and curd. It’s the best thing I have ever tasted—please don’t take it off the menu, Mary’s!

After wholeheartedly getting stuck into the set menu, I thought my stomach wouldn’t be offering up any more real estate…but then I saw the dessert. The dark chocolate mousse and ginger nut brownie, hands down, stole my heart.

Aside from the aforementioned sake and soju, Mary’s also pour red, white, pink and orange wines, as well as bubbles, beer and cider. And, if you’re not in the mood for nosh, you can just pop in for a brewsky (but seriously you should eat something, the food is amazing).

With old-school records spinning all night, it’s easy to let the evening get away from you at Mary’s, thanks to their friendly service, scrummy eats and flowing drinks. The chefs have been given free reign to cook up anything delicious so I can’t wait to see what this place has in store for my next visit!

For more dirt on Mary’s, head to the directory.

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